Hungry Girl: Recipes and Survival Strategies for Guilt-Free Eating in the Real World

Hungry Girl: Recipes and Survival Strategies for Guilt-Free Eating in the Real World

by Lisa Lillien

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Overview

Do you want to eat burgers, chocolate cake, frozen margaritas, fudge, and French fries—and still fit into your pants? Is life not worth living without brownies and onion rings? Do you want a surefire way to tame your cravings? From breakfast ideas and chopped salads to guilt-free junk food and cocktails, Hungry Girl recipes taste great but are low in fat and calories. Check it out!

• Eggs Bene-Chick: 183 calories

• Bring on the Breakfast Pizza: 127 calories

• Ooey Gooey Chili Cheese Nachos: 216 calories

• Big Bopper Burger Stopper: 202 calories

• Dreamy Chocolate Peanut Butter Fudge: 65 calories

• Lord of the Onion Rings: 153 calories

• Rockin' Tuna Melt: 212 calories

• 7-Layer Burrito Blitz: 277 calories

• I Can't Believe It's Not Sweet Potato Pie: 113 calories

• Cookie-rific Ice Cream Freeze: 160 calories

• With easy instructions, simple steps, and hilariously fun facts and figures, Hungry Girl recipes are as fun to read as they are to make!

And when you're not in your kitchen, check out HG's 10 mini survival guides, plus tips 'n tricks that'll help you make smarter food choices anywhere, anytime!

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780312377427
Publisher: St. Martin's Press
Publication date: 04/29/2008
Edition description: First Edition
Pages: 336
Sales rank: 628,525
Product dimensions: 7.40(w) x 9.10(h) x 1.00(d)

About the Author

Lisa Lillien is not a nutritionist, she's just hungry. She's the founder of www.hungry-girl.com, the daily email service providing approximately one million fans with guilt-free recipes, food and product reviews, dieting news, shockers and more. She also writes weekly columns for WeightWatchers.com and Yahoo!, and regularly contributes to Redbook magazine. She has appeared on TV shows like Rachael Ray and Extra, and now has her own show on the Cooking Channel. Her Hungry Girl cookbooks are New York Times bestsellers. She lives in Los Angeles, California.

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Hungry Girl

Recipes and Survival Strategies for Guilt-Free Eating in the Real World


By Lisa Lillien, Jack Pullman

St. Martin's Press

Copyright © 2008 Hungry Girl, Inc.
All rights reserved.
ISBN: 978-1-4299-3845-7



CHAPTER 1

rise & dine


breakfast

wake up. it's time to chew things.

Breakfast may be the most important meal of the day, but it can also be the most challenging. Who has time to think about what to eat in the morning — or the energy to prepare it? Ugh. Here's the deal: Skipping breakfast is a bad idea, and hitting the drive-thru can be an even worse one. The breakfasts in this chapter are very easy to make (really), and they're superdelicious. Try them out, and many of these will become staples in your life.


yumtastic breakfast burrito

PER SERVING (1 burrito): 239 calories, 3g fat, 1,111mg sodium, 27g carbs, 9g fiber, 4g sugars, 29g protein

* Ingredients

1 medium low-fat flour tortilla (about 110 calories with at least 6g fiber)
2 slices (about 1 ounce) extra-lean turkey bacon
½ cup fat-free liquid egg substitute
1 slice fat-free American cheese

* Directions

Cook bacon according to package directions, either in a pan with nonstick spray or in the microwave. Set aside.

Pour egg substitute into a pan spritzed with nonstick spray and scramble over medium heat until fluffy and solid.

Heat tortilla in the microwave until slightly warm. Place cheese in the center of the tortilla. Top with eggs and bacon.

Build your burrito by first folding in the sides and then rolling the tortilla up from the bottom. Heat in the microwave (seam-side down) for an additional 15 to 20 seconds.

MAKES 1 SERVING


super-duper veggie scramble

PER SERVING (entire recipe): 183 calories, 3g fat, 614mg sodium, 17g carbs, 5g fiber, 5g sugars, 22g protein

* Ingredients

1 veggie burger patty, thawed if previously frozen
½ cup fat-free liquid egg substitute
¼ cup chopped tomatoes
¼ cup chopped mushrooms
2 tablespoons chopped onions

* Directions

Chop veggie patty into bite-sized pieces. Place mushrooms, onions, and veggie patty pieces in a pan spritzed with nonstick spray, and cook over medium heat for 2 minutes.

Add egg substitute and tomatoes to the pan. Scramble together until eggs are cooked.

MAKES 1 SERVING

CHEW ON THIS:

An average bacon, egg, and cheese breakfast sandwich contains about 500 calories and 25 fat grams! You can eat 2 POUNDS of scrambled Egg Beaters and still not reach that calorie (or fat) count.


smokin' salmon cream cheese roll-up

PER SERVING (entire recipe): 239 calories, 5.5g fat, 1,475mg sodium, 28g carbs, 9.5g fiber, 3g sugars, 24g protein

* Ingredients

1 medium low-fat flour tortilla (about 110 calories with at least 6g fiber)
2 ½ ounces smoked salmon
2 tablespoons fat-free cream cheese
2 tablespoons chopped red onions
2 slices tomato, halved

* Directions

Heat tortilla in the microwave until slightly warm. Lay tortilla out on a flat surface.

Spread cream cheese evenly on top of tortilla. Place salmon in the middle. Top with tomatoes and onions. Wrap it up by folding in tortilla sides and then roll up from the bottom.

MAKES 1 SERVING

BITE IT!

Cup of Oatmeal — 120 calories, 2.5g fat
Side of Fruit — 80 calories, <0.5g fat
2 Egg Whites — 35 calories, 0g fat
1 Pancake — 120 calories, 3g fat

FIGHT IT!

Cup of Granola — 400 calories, 10g fat
Side of Hash Browns — 200 calories, 15g
fat 2 Eggs — 150 calories, 10g fat
Slice of French Toast — 200 calories, 8g fat

Nutritional information based on averages (not including added toppings like milk, butter, or syrup).


fancy-schmancy oatmeal

PER SERVING (entire recipe): 183 calories, 2.5g fat, 187mg sodium, 35g carbs, 5.5g fiber, 2g sugars, 7g protein

* * I love oatmeal. The problem for me is that one serving of oatmeal isn't enough to fill me up (come onare they SERIOUS?). Adding pumpkin to it makes it way more filling, and it adds some extra fiber as well. A double whammy! Feel free to use these same ingredients to add a little zazzle to instant oatmeal, too! * *

* Ingredients

½ cup regular oats (not instant)
3 tablespoons canned pure pumpkin
1 tablespoon sugar-free maple syrup
¼ teaspoon cinnamon
1 no-calorie sweetener packet
Dash of salt

* Directions

Bring 1 cup of water to a boil in a small pot (use less water for thicker oatmeal, and more water for thinner oatmeal).

Add oats and reduce heat to medium. Stirring occasionally, cook for 5 minutes.

Add pumpkin, maple syrup, cinnamon, sweetener, and salt to the pot and stir. Spoon into a bowl and enjoy.

MAKES 1 SERVING


bring on the breakfast pizza

PER SERVING (1 pizza): 127 calories, <0.5g fat, 762mg sodium, 9g carbs, 1.5g fiber, 5g sugars, 22g protein

* * This is definitely one of the cutest b-fast recipes ever. The key to making this one pretty is to carefully craft your egg crust. It's really not that complicated. If I can do it, anyone can. * *

* Ingredients

½ cup fat-free liquid egg substitute
¼ cup shredded fat-free mozzarella cheese
¼ cup canned tomato sauce
2 tablespoons chopped green bell peppers
2 tablespoons chopped mushrooms
Optional: salt, black pepper, oregano, garlic powder, onion powder, red pepper flakes, etc.

* Directions

Season tomato sauce to taste with optional ingredients, if desired, and set sauce aside.

Bring a small pan sprayed with nonstick spray to low heat. Pour in egg substitute. Cover and then cook for 3 minutes, or until egg "crust" starts to form.

Carefully flip your egg. Cover and cook for another minute. While egg crust is cooking, microwave chopped veggies for 30 seconds.

Next, top your egg crust with tomato sauce, cheese, and then veggies. Cover again and cook over low heat for 2 minutes, or until cheese is melted. If you like, top with optional spices.

MAKES 1 SERVING

Betcha Didn't Know ...

The average donut contains just 200 calories and 10 grams of fat, while the average muffin has about 450 calories and 15 grams of fat!


cinnamonlicious french toast

PER SERVING (3 slices): 195 calories, 1g fat, 535mg sodium, 32g carbs, 8g fiber, 4g sugars, 19g protein

* * This French toast is super on its own, but feel free to serve it with sugar-free maple syrup, sugar-free preserves, fresh berries, and/or a squirt of fat-free whipped cream. I also like making this French toast into sticks. If you want to try it that way, just cut the bread into strips before dipping it into the egg wash. You'll feel like you're eating more that * * way, too!

* Ingredients

3 slices light bread (40 to 45 calories each with about 2g fiber per slice)
½ cup fat-free liquid egg substitute
½ teaspoon cinnamon, divided
¼ teaspoon vanilla extract
1 no-calorie sweetener packet

* Directions

Combine egg substitute with vanilla extract and half of the cinnamon (¼ teaspoon). Use the egg mixture as an egg wash, and dip your bread into it.

Cook bread over medium heat in a pan sprayed with nonstick spray, flipping after a few minutes. Once both sides are brown, plate 'em, and sprinkle with sweetener and the remaining ¼ teaspoon of cinnamon.

MAKES 1 SERVING

For Weight Watchers POINTS(r) values and photos of all the recipes in this book, check out hungry-girl.com/book.


eggamuffin 101

PER SERVING (entire recipe): 184 calories, 2g fat, 870mg sodium, 26g carbs, 6g fiber, 3g sugars, 20g protein

* Ingredients

1 light English muffin
1 slice extra-lean ham
1 slice fat-free American cheese
¼ cup fat-free liquid egg substitute

* Directions

Toast English muffin to your preference.

Cook egg substitute over medium-high heat in a pan sprayed with nonstick spray.

Place cheese on the bottom half of the muffin, followed by the egg, ham, and then the muffin top.

MAKES 1 SERVING

Would You Rather ...

If you order a deluxe breakfast sandwich at the drive-thru on the way to work, it'll cost you about 550 calories and as much as 40 grams of fat! To burn that off, you would have to:

* Stand and file papers for 3½ hours or

* Hover over the computer keyboard typing vigorously for more than 5 ½ hours or

* Sit in traffic for almost 6 hours! (Whoa ... what a waste of gas!)

Times based on estimates for a 150-pound woman.


tutti frutti crunch yogurt parfait

PER SERVING (1 parfait): 210 calories, 1g fat, 147mg sodium, 45g carbs, 3.5g fiber, 31g sugars, 10g protein

* Ingredients

6 ounces fat-free vanilla yogurt
6 apple cinnamon soy crisps or mini rice cakes, crushed
½ cup sliced strawberries
½ cup blueberries

* Directions

Place one-third of the strawberries and blueberries in the bottom of a tall glass. Add half of the yogurt.

Top with another third of the blueberries and strawberries. Cover with half of the apple cinnamon crunchies.

Spoon the remaining yogurt on top and cover with remaining fruit and crunchies.

MAKES 1 SERVING


blueberry apple pancake shake-up

PER SERVING (3 pancakes): 252 calories, 2.5g fat, 517mg sodium, 44g carbs, 4g fiber, 12g sugars, 13g protein

* Ingredients

1/3 cup regular oats (not instant)
2 tablespoons dry pancake mix
1/3 cup peeled and finely chopped apples
¼ cup blueberries
¼ cup fat-free liquid egg substitute
1 tablespoon fat-free cottage cheese
¼ teaspoon vanilla extract
1 tablespoon Splenda No Calorie Sweetener (granulated)
Dash of salt

* Directions

Place all ingredients except for the blueberries and apples in a medium bowl. Add 3 tablespoons of water and stir until thoroughly mixed.

Gently fold in apples and blueberries.

Over medium heat, in a large pan sprayed with nonstick spray, evenly pour batter to form 3 pancakes. Once pancakes begin to look solid (after about 3 minutes), gently flip.

Cook for 3 additional minutes, or until both sides are lightly browned and insides are cooked through. Now plate your pancakes and enjoy.

MAKES 1 SERVING


blueberry mango madness smoothie

PER SERVING (entire recipe): 165 calories, 1g fat, 10mg sodium, 42g carbs, 6g fiber, 31g sugars, 1g protein

* Ingredients

1 cup frozen blueberries, slightly thawed
¾ cup frozen mango chunks, slightly thawed
½ packet (one 5-calorie serving) sugar-free powdered orange drink mix

* Directions

Combine drink mix with 8 ounces of cold water. Stir well.

Place fruit and drink mixture into a blender, and puree until thoroughly mixed. If blending slows, stop blender, stir mixture, and blend again. Pour into a tall glass and enjoy!

MAKES 1 SERVING

For Weight Watchers POINTS(r) values and photos of all the recipes in this book, check out hungry-girl.com/book.


ginormous cereal bowl-anza

PER SERVING (1 bowl): 286 calories, 3g fat, 253mg sodium, 60g carbs, 10g fiber, 12g sugars, 12g protein

* * Cereal is typically one of my "danger foods" because the recommended serving sizes are laughable, so I end up eating WAY too much of the stuff. And huge bowls of cereal = too many calories. This recipe allows you to eat a seriously gigantic bowl for a reasonable amount of calories. I LOVE, LOVE this breakfast! * *

* Ingredients

1 cup light vanilla soymilk
1 cup puffed wheat cereal
1 cup puffed rice cereal
½ cup puffed corn cereal (like Kix)
¼ cup Fiber One bran cereal (original)
¼ cup blueberries

* Directions

Place all ingredients in a bowl and cover with soymilk. Tada!

MAKES 1 SERVING

HG Heads Up!

The average cereal serving size is a cup or less. The average cereal bowl holds way more than that. Fill up that bowl, and there's a good chance you'll be sucking down two to three servings — and two to three times the fat and calories.


eggs bene-chick

PER SERVING (entire recipe): 183 calories, 8g fat, 627mg sodium, 16g carbs, 3g fiber, 3g sugars, 13g protein

* * For years I avoided Eggs Benedict because it's LOADED with fat and calories. This recipe was created out of sheer necessity (or should I say desperation?). * *

* Ingredients

½ light English muffin
1 large egg
1 slice extra-lean ham
1 tablespoon fat-free mayonnaise
1 teaspoon Hellmann's/Best Foods Dijonnaise
1 teaspoon light whipped butter or light buttery spread, softened
1 teaspoon lemon yogurt (or plain yogurt with a squirt of lemon juice)

* Directions

To make sauce, combine mayo, Dijonnaise, butter, and yogurt. Set aside.

Crack egg gently into a small cup or dish, and set that aside as well.

Fill a medium pot with 2 inches of water, and bring water to a boil. Once boiling, lower temperature until a steady and consistent (but very low) boil is reached.

Gently pour the egg into the pot, and allow it to cook for 3 to 5 minutes (3 for a runnier egg, 5 for a very firm one), or until egg white is mostly opaque. Carefully remove egg by sliding a spatula underneath it and placing it on a plate. Use a paper towel to soak up any excess water.

Heat ham and muffin (toast muffin, if desired).

Heat sauce in the microwave for about 20 seconds and give it a stir (add more water if you prefer a thinner sauce). Top muffin with ham and egg, then cover with sauce.

MAKES 1 SERVING


Breakfast Shockers!

Steer clear of these b-fast blunders ...

* Denny's Fabulous French Toast Platter (1,261 calories, 79g fat)

Nothing fabulous about this French flub!

& Burger King DOUBLE CROISSAN'WICH w/Double Sausage (680 calories, 51g fat)

Croissant + Sausage = Calorie Catastrophe

* McDonald's Deluxe Breakfast w/syrup and margarine (1,330 calories, 64g fat)

1,330 calories for breakfast? How embarrassing!

* Hardee's Loaded Breakfast Burrito (780 calories, 51g fat)

It's loaded alrightwith FAT!

CHAPTER 2

chop 'til ya drop


chopped salads

hack your salads. all the cool kids are doing it.

Why is there a whole chapter devoted to chopped salads, you ask? Because chopped salads are so much more fun and exciting than regular salads. They're way easier to eat, too (there are no unwieldy lettuce pieces to awkwardly shove in your mouth). That being said, if you're too lazy to hack your ingredients, or just not into chopped salads for some reason, feel free to make any of the salads in this chapter without chopping 'em up. They'll still taste great. As for dressing, the majority of the salads here are listed without it. Use your dressing of choice with any of the recipes, but please be sure to read labels carefully, because even low-fat and fat-free dressings can contain lots of calories. And remember, any time a recipe calls for an ingredient cooked in advance, use nonstick spray or nothing at all. Happy chopping!


rockin' & choppin' taco salad

PER SERVING (1 salad): 286 calories, 3.5g fat, 920mg sodium, 42g carbs, 12g fiber, 7g sugars, 24g protein

* * The big difference between this taco salad and so many high- calorie alternatives is that this one lacks that ridiculously fatty tortilla shell. Good riddance to that! By the way, this salad tastes great with salsa! * *

* Ingredients

3 cups chopped romaine lettuce
2/3 cup low-fat veggie chili
¼ cup chopped tomatoes
¼ cup shredded fat-free cheddar cheese
2 tablespoons fat-free sour cream
1 tablespoon chopped or sliced black olives
6 baked tortilla chips, crushed
¼ teaspoon taco seasoning mix, dry

* Directions

Prepare chili as directed on package. Set aside.

Place lettuce in a large bowl. Top with tomatoes. Add chili and cheese.

Top with olives and sour cream. Then finish off by adding crushed tortilla chips and sprinkling taco seasoning on top.

MAKES 1 SERVING


buffalo chicken choppity chop

PER SERVING (1 salad): 192 calories, 3g fat, 848mg sodium, 15g carbs, 5g fiber, 5g sugars, 29g protein

* * To make this salad taste exactly like buffalo wings, you need to use original Frank's RedHot. If you substitute another hot sauce, you may not get the same result. Just a friendly little warning ... * *

* Ingredients

3 cups chopped romaine lettuce
3 ounces cooked boneless skinless lean chicken breast, chopped
1 tablespoon Frank's RedHot Original Cayenne Pepper Sauce
1 tablespoon reduced-fat Parmesan-style grated topping
½ cup chopped carrots
¼ cup chopped celery

* Directions

Place chicken in a small microwave-safe dish. Top with hot sauce and Parmesan. Stir until chicken is coated, then heat for 45 seconds in the microwave.

Place lettuce, carrots, and celery in a large bowl, and then top with the chicken mixture.

MAKES 1 SERVING

For Weight Watchers POINTS(r) values and photos of all the recipes in this book, check out hungry-girl.com/book.


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Table of Contents

Contents

Acknowledgments,
Introduction,
Chapter 1 Rise & Dine,
Chapter 2 Chop 'Til Ya Drop,
Chapter 3 Souper Douper,
Chapter 4 Let's Do Lunch,
Chapter 5 Junk Food Junkie,
Chapter 6 Manly Meals,
Chapter 7 Party Time,
Chapter 8 Chocolate 911,
Chapter 9 Fruity Call,
Chapter 10 Oven Lovin',
Chapter 11 Zappuccino,
Chapter 12 Happy Hour,
Chapter 13 Fun With ...,
Chapter 14 Survival Guides,
Index,

Recipe

Eggs Bene-chick
PER SERVING (entire recipe): 183 calories, 8g fat, 627mg sodium, 16g carbs, 3g fiber, 3g sugars, 13g protein

Ingredients:
1/2 light English muffin
1 large egg
1 slice extra lean ham
1 tablespoon fat-free mayonnaise
1 teaspoon Hellmann's/Best Foods Dijonnaise
1 teaspoon light whipped butter or light buttery spread; softened
1 teaspoon yogurt, lemon (or plain yogurt with a squirt of lemon juice)

Directions:

To make sauce, combine mayo, Dijonnaise, butter and yogurt. Set aside.

Crack egg gently into a small cup or dish, and set that aside as well.

Fill a medium-sized pot with 2 inches of water, and bring water to a boil. Once boiling, lower temperature until a steady and consistent (but VERY low) boil is reached.

Gently pour the egg into the pot, and allow it to cook for 3-5 minutes (3 for a runnier egg, 5 for a very firm one), or until egg white is mostly opaque. Carefully remove egg by sliding a spatula underneath it and placing it on a plate. Use a paper towel to soak up any excess water.

Heat ham and muffin (toast muffin if desired).

Heat sauce in the microwave for approximately 20 seconds, and give it a stir (add more water if you prefer a thinner sauce). Top muffin with ham and egg, and then cover with sauce.

MAKES 1 SERVING

For years I avoided Eggs Benedict because it's LOADED with fat and calories. This recipe was created out of sheer necessity (or should I say desperation?).

Ooey Gooey Chili Cheese Nachos
PER SERVING (1/6th of recipe): 216 calories, 3.5g fat, 776mg sodium, 37g carbs, 4g fiber, 4g sugars, 12g protein

Ingredients:
1 7-ouncebag baked tortilla chips
1 cup low-fat turkey or veggie chili
3/4 cup salsa
1/2 cup light soymilk
3 ounces fat-free block cheddar cheese
1 wedge The Laughing Cow cheese, Light Original Swiss
2 tablespoons fat-free cream cheese
2 tablespoons fat-free sour cream

Directions:

Place all three cheeses in a saucepan with the soymilk. Heat over low heat, stirring occasionally. Continue until all cheeses have melted, and your cheese sauce is thoroughly mixed and hot.

Prepare chili according to package directions. Microwave chips in a bowl until warm, and then spread them out on a large platter.

Pour your cheese sauce over the chips. Top with chili. Spoon salsa and sour cream on top, and voila, your nachos are ready!

MAKES 6 SERVINGS

These nachos are soooo good. And the cheese sauce can be used in tons of other recipes, too. Don't forget that!

Awesome Whopper Stopper
PER SERVING (1 sandwich): 254 calories, 2.5g fat, 1,401mg sodium, 40g carbs, 6g fiber, 12g sugars, 22g protein

Ingredients:
1 small hamburger bun (light, if available)
1 Boca Meatless Burger, Original
1 slice fat-free American cheese
3 slices/chips dill pickle
1 slice tomato
1 leaf romaine lettuce
1 slice onion
1 tablespoon fat-free mayonnaise
1 tablespoon ketchup

Directions:

Prepare patty per package instructions (using nonstick spray or nothing at all). Toast bun, if desired.

Place patty on the bun's bottom half, and then top with cheese, tomato, onion, lettuce and pickles.

On the top half of the bun, smear on mayo and ketchup. Put two halves together and enjoy!

MAKES 1 SERVING

Death by Chocolate Cupcakes
PER SERVING (1 cupcake): 108 calories, 2.5g fat, 239mg sodium, 19g carbs, 1g fiber, 12g sugars, 2g protein

Ingredients:
2 cups moist-style chocolate cake mix (1/2 of an 18.25-ounce box)
2 25-calorie packets diet hot cocoa mix
1/2 cup fat-free liquid egg substitute
2 tablespoons semi-sweet mini chocolate chips
1 teaspoon Splenda No Calorie Sweetener, granulated
1/8 teaspoon salt

Directions:

Place chocolate chips and the contents of both cocoa packets in a tall glass. Add 12 ounces of boiling water, and stir until chips and cocoa mix have dissolved. Place glass in the freezer to chill for 25 minutes.

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

Once cocoa has chilled, give it a stir, and mix with all other ingredients in a mixing bowl. Whip batter with a whisk or fork for 2 minutes.

Spray a 12-cup muffin pan with nonstick spray, or line it with baking cups. Evenly spoon batter (which will be thin, but don't worry, your cupcakes will puff up!) into the pan. Place pan in the oven, and bake for 15 minutes. Cupcakes will look shiny when done.

MAKES 12 SERVINGS

Super-Skinny Skins
PER SERVING (4 pieces): 155 calories, 1g fat, 372mg sodium, 30g carbs, 4.5g fiber, 3g sugars, 8g protein

Ingredients:
3 medium-sized (8-ounce) baking potatoes
1/2 cup shredded fat-free cheddar cheese
2 tablespoons imitation bacon bits
Optional toppings: chopped scallions, fat-free sour cream, salsa

Directions:

Preheat oven to 375 degrees.

Pierce potatoes several times with a fork. Place potatoes on a microwave-safe plate. Microwave for 4 minutes.

Turn potatoes over, and return them to microwave for 4 more minutes. Allow them to cool for a few minutes.

Cut potatoes in half lengthwise. Using a fork, gently scrape out the bulk of the flesh. Place the empty potato shells on a baking dish spritzed with nonstick spray. Place dish in the oven, and cook for 8-10 minutes, depending on how crispy you like your potato skins.

Evenly distribute cheese and bacon bits on top of potato skins. Return skins to the oven until the cheese has melted.

Cut each potato skin in half. If desired, top with scallions, and serve with sour cream and/or salsa.

MAKES 3 SERVINGS
Baja Taco Blitz
PER SERVING (2 tacos): 320 calories, 6.5g fat, 318mg sodium, 32g carbs, 6g fiber, 6g sugars, 34g protein

Ingredients:
2 small corn tortillas
4 ounces raw boneless skinless lean chicken breast; cut into strips
1/2 small onion; sliced
1/4 large red bell pepper; sliced
1/8 avocado (2 small slices)
1/2 cup chopped iceberg lettuce
2 tablespoons shredded fat-free cheddar or Monterey Jack cheese
salt and pepper; to taste
Optional: fat-free sour cream, salsa, cilantro

Directions:

Spray a pan with nonstick spray, and set stove to medium heat. Cook onion slices in the pan for 2 minutes.

Add pepper slices to the pan, and continue to cook for an additional 2 minutes (veggies should still be a little crisp). Remove veggies from the pan, and place them in a bowl.

Cook chicken strips in the pan until cooked throughout, and then add them to the bowl with the onions and peppers.

Heat tortillas in the pan for 20 seconds on each side. Remove and plate tortillas.

Season the onions, peppers, and chicken to taste with salt and pepper, and then place them evenly into the center of each tortilla.

Place one slice of avocado on each tortilla. Finish by topping with lettuce and cheese. If desired, add optional ingredients. Roll 'em up and enjoy!

MAKES 1 SERVING

Are you a taco-lover? You'll FREAK over these!!!

I Can't Believe It's Not Sweet Potato Pie
PER SERVING (1/4th of pie): 113 calories, <0.5g fat, 263mg sodium, 26g carbs, 1.5g fiber, 8g sugars, 5g protein

Ingredients:
1 large butternut squash (large enough to yield 2 cups mashed flesh)
1/2 cup fat-free liquid egg substitute
1/3 cup light vanilla soymilk
1/3 cup sugar-free maple syrup
1/4 cup Splenda No Calorie Sweetener, granulated
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/4 teaspoon salt
2/3 cup miniature marshmallows

Directions:

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

Use a sharp knife to remove both ends of the squash. Peel squash and cut into large chunks (removing seeds).

Fill a large, microwave-safe dish with a half-inch of water. Place squash into the dish, and cover. Microwave for approximately 8 minutes, and then drain (squash should be tender enough to mash, but not overcooked).

With a potato masher, food processor or fork, mash squash thoroughly. Measure out 2 generous cups, lightly packed, and place in a baking dish.

Add all ingredients except for marshmallows to the dish. Mix ingredients thoroughly, but do not over-stir (squash should still be pulpy). Bake in the oven for 45-50 minutes (until solid and not liquid-y).

Top the "pie" with mini marshmallows. Return to the oven for 5 minutes, or until marshmallows begin to brown. Allow to cool before serving.

MAKES 4 SERVINGS

You may want to make a double batch of this stuff. It always goes FAST at parties!

For b-nut squash cooking tips (and more squash-tastic recipes), visit the butternut squash section of the "Fun With..." chapter!

EggaMuffin 101
PER SERVING (entire recipe): 184 calories, 2g fat, 870mg sodium, 26g carbs, 6g fiber, 3g sugars, 20g protein

Ingredients:
1 light English muffin
1 slice extra lean ham
1 slice fat-free American cheese
1/4 cup fat-free liquid egg substitute

Directions:

Toast English muffin to your preference.

Cook egg substitute over medium-high heat in a pan sprayed with nonstick spray.

Place cheese on the bottom half of the muffin, followed by the egg, ham, and then the muffin top.

MAKES 1 SERVING
Mint Mocha Freeze
PER SERVING (entire recipe): 55 calories, <0.5g fat, 37mg sodium, 13g carbs, 0g fiber, 4g sugars, 0g protein

Ingredients:
1 ounce sugar-free calorie-free syrup, peppermint
1 tablespoon sugar-free chocolate syrup
2 teaspoons Coffee-mate powdered creamer, Fat Free French Vanilla; dissolved in 1 ounce warm water
1 teaspoon instant coffee
3 no-calorie sweetener packets
5-8 ice cubes OR 1 cup crushed ice
2 tablespoons Fat Free Reddi-wip

Directions:

Place all the ingredients in a blender, except for the Reddi-wip. Add 6 ounces of water. Blend on high speed for 30-45 seconds (until completely blended). Pour into a tall glass, and top with whipped topping. Enjoy your magical, minty-licious frozen treat!

MAKES 1 SERVING

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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is a fun and informative cook book. When I want a change in my diet or feel the need to cheat, without paying a price for it, I use this book. I have tried a few recipes from each section and they are all delicious. My families current favorite is the egg burrito. All the recipes are quick and most have easy to find ingredients. I would recommend this book.
Veggiechiliqueen More than 1 year ago
Hungry Girl, based on the website of the same name, compiles common-sense approaches to cutting fat and calories through smart substitutions. Useful sidebars offer comparisons of similar commercial fast-food versions showing fat and calories.

In the beginning, Hungry Girl (Lisa Lillien) offers up a useful list of recommended products designed to save fat/calories, including light soymilks, numerous fat-free products, and light bread products. She also includes Top ATE kitchen essentials (measuring cups, blender, etc.). Beginning with breakfast, HG offers up low-fat versions of Egg McMuffins (184 cal, 2g fat), burritos (239 cal, 3g fat), French toast (195 cal, 1g fat), smoothies and oatmeal (with pumpkin and cinnamon...yum!).

Other chapters embrace salads, soups, pastas, Guy Foods, desserts, and holiday dishes. Normally gut-busting items like chili dogs (109 cal, 1g fat), onion rings (153 cal, 1g fat), spicy crispy chicken sandwich (313 cal, 4.5 g fat), eggnog (98 cal, 2g fat), mint mocha freeze (55 cal, 0.5 g fat), and more are given low-fat makeovers courtesy of secret ingredients such as Eggbeaters, Fiber One bran cereal, and fat-free swaps like fat-free cheese, fat-free sour cream, etc. Cute drawings spice up the chapters.

Generally, the recipes are nutritionally sound and easy to prepare, but a word of warning: low-fat and fat-free products are plumped up with sodium, so the sodium counts are *insanely* high for many items (upwards of a day's worth of sodium in a single recipe), and excess sodium consumption can result in water retention, bloating, and high blood pressure. Also, the numerous sugar-free products such as sweeteners and sugar-free mixes can cause a laxative effect in sensitive people.

Also, the chapter on low-cal alcoholic beverages is suspect, since a recent study showed that mixing alcohol with diet sodas actually resulted in becoming intoxicated more quickly (21 minutes for absorption of diet soda mix versus 36 minutes for regular soda and alcohol). Of course, if you do choose to drink (these recipes can be made virgin), it's always a good idea to eat something first, which slows absorption into the bloodstream.

But for stressed-out working moms (and dads), Hungry Girl offers many palatable swaps of popular food from major chains that are markedly lower in calories, fat, and sugar, including kid-friendly recipes, that may be a good way for families to eat more healthfully.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I just bought this book and I love it! I am making my way through the meals and the recipies make me and my tummy smile. I like that the recipes are simple and tasty. I also like how it is only one serving and you can double or triple it however you like. I joined her email listing and really like the info she sends along with her witty writing style. Great Job!
TexasBaker More than 1 year ago
Lisa Lillien's cookbooks get better with each new one. This, I think maybe her first, uses unusual ingredients in unusual combinations to achieve healthy, low-fat, low calorie foods that actually taste good. Since many of her recipes are for one person, it makes it easy when only one person in the house is "eating light". On the other hand, these dishes are so good that almost anyone would enjoy them. She includes strategies for surviving in a world where unhealthy foods in huge quantities have become the norm.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I cook by myself all the time since I'm single and my roommate and I are on different schedules. This cookbook is full of simple, healthy recipes that use ingredients I keep on hand or can easily find in our local grocery store. I looked at this book at our local library and liked so many recipes that I couldn't resist buying it because I wanted to be able to always have it on hand!
MacieBallard More than 1 year ago
i was given this cookbook by a friend after i joined Weight Watcher's last spring. The recipes are easy to follow, healthy, and delicious. I have shared these with friends and family. I am employed by a family as their personal cook and use many of these recipes when i cook for them. We allllll love that we are eating healthy. I have lost 40 lbs, dropped 5 dress sizes and am healthier than I have been in 15 years. it is easy to adapt old recipes following the tips in the book. I would recommend this cookbook to anyone wanting to eat healthier and more sensibly. i have pre-purchased the new Hungry Girl Cookbook scheduled for release in march for myself and am sending a niece two of the Hungry Girl Cookbooks to add to her collection.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I enjoyed just thumbing through the book and reading about the different products, the different uses for food products that I had not thought of. I appreciate the list of favorite food items to have on hand and still need to go shopping with that list. Look forward to using the cookbook soon.
Ariadne2008 More than 1 year ago
This is an excellent cookbook! No matter how much experience you have in the kitchen, not only will you enjoy making the recipes but you will also enjoy EATING them. I have thoroughly enjoyed the book, and I'm no longer afraid of cooking my own food. One of my favorites is the chicken pot pie, with under 250 calories per serving. The calorie count and nutritional information are helpful for planning your meals. I wish that there was a volume two! This is a keeper!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I was a little disappointed with this book. I would have liked to see more illustrations/pictures. The recipes are practical, but the few I've tried so far ( and I know they're low calorie dishes) still need additional help in the seasoning department. I typically try it their way the first time to see if I need to add anything the next time. So far I've had to add something to everything I've tried the second time. I don't believe this is for a novice cook.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
If you're tired of dieting and just want to lose some weight without sacrificing taste on every single thing, then this is the book for you. I liked the strategies and the advice. It's really good.
foxiemissk More than 1 year ago
this book is a wonderful collection of recipes (which include some for just 1 person, which is great if you are the only dieter in the house) that are tasty and healthy.
Guest More than 1 year ago
The recipe for Dan Good Chili is the best low-fat chili my husband and I have tried thus far. This recipe alone is worth the price of the book to me.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Who doesn't want to eat those decadent things like brownies, or kick back with some comfort foods?! I do! And, I am working my way through this book with a positive mindset, trying these recipes. You should too!
Guest More than 1 year ago
You'd never believe these were diet recipes. They are super low in calories (or Points if you're counting) and they taste delicious. I just wish she had more pictures in there!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I love this book! Eggs Bene-chick rocks! I hate cooking - so this is perfect! Simple ideas with everyday ingredients.
AnnieHidalgo on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I love this cute healthy cookbook. The restaurant and take-out section is especially handy when I am looking for something quick to eat at work. If anything stops me from making the recipes, it is the fact that most involve quite a few ingredients that are a little pricy if you're cooking for a family. But I suppose family cooking isn't really its target audience. Also, many of the recipes involve canned pumpkin, and I'm not sure if you've noticed, but this year, there is a pumpkin shortage and there is actually no canned pumpkin available at the grocery store. It seems inconceivable, in this modern era, for ingredients to be utterly gone. But pumpkin, alas, is not to be found this year. But back to the cookbook. It seems to succeed in making healthy cooking fun. It deserves a look if you're looking for something new and interesting to try.
kristenn on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Definitely an averaging of 4-star qualities and 2-star qualities. On the one hand, there were some great ideas about adding healthier crunch to things, like with the fiber cereal and crushed rice cakes. The single-serving recipes were a refreshing change. Also some really good general restaurant tips in the back. On the other hand, there was much more use of chemicals and other processed items than I would be comfortable using. And the cutsie style gets old.
woodsathome on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
The restaurant section is helpful, but the recipes weren't my cup of tea. I'm more of a cook from scratch, not cook from cans, kind of girl. I can also figure out that using reduced fat cream cheese (or sour cream) instead of regular will cut calories. If you are not a cook from scratch kind of cook this will be helpful, if you are you will be disappointed.
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