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Weekend Reading: Hungry Girl Recipes

Of course I eat healthy because I know it's good for me and helps me maintain my weight, but that doesn't mean I don't crave French fries, brownies, and other sweet and fattening foods. To keep my taste buds satisfied, I just found a unique recipe book that has low calories and low fat ideas for some of your favorite dishes. Hungry Girl: Recipes ($13) contains recipes with cute names like Eggs Bene-Chick (183 calories), Ooey Gooey Chili Cheese Nachos (216 calories), Big Bopper Burger Stopper (202 calories), and Dreamy Chocolate Peanut Butter Fudge (65 calories).

The directions are easy, and many of them are for one serving only, so you're not tempted to eat four servings at one sitting. I love the photos of the foods, although I wish there were more. The book also has recipes for low cal cocktails. Since I don't like the taste of artificial sweeteners, and that is what many of the recipes called for, I opted to use Sucanat instead. Of course some of the recipes were better than others (like with all recipe books), but overall, I thought this was a great one to add to my collection.

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idawson idawson 7 years
i have this book - the salad recipes are okayalthough my nutritionist does not like some of the "junk," ie non-nutritionally significant food that is in the recipes she toutsthe buffalo chicken salad is delic.
idawson idawson 7 years
i have this book - the salad recipes are okay although my nutritionist does not like some of the "junk," ie non-nutritionally significant food that is in the recipes she touts the buffalo chicken salad is delic.
7kimba7 7kimba7 7 years
Sometimes you just have a craving for a certain comfort food, and there is where this book is good. I have made the chicken pot pie and the butternut squash shepherd's pie. Neither of them were full of processed things (the pot pie is made with reduced fat crescent rolls though) and they are both really really good. I haven't made any of the sweet things though.But the chicken pot pie is really delicious.
7kimba7 7kimba7 7 years
Sometimes you just have a craving for a certain comfort food, and there is where this book is good. I have made the chicken pot pie and the butternut squash shepherd's pie. Neither of them were full of processed things (the pot pie is made with reduced fat crescent rolls though) and they are both really really good. I haven't made any of the sweet things though. But the chicken pot pie is really delicious.
itsme3683 itsme3683 7 years
I haven't bought the book but I check out the website periodically. A lot of the shortcuts are pretty silly but you just have to sort through all the processed stuff. I just had the Fiber One onion rings last night and they were pretty delicious. Not quite as yummy as the real thing, but that's what you get when you bake and don't fry!
lovelie lovelie 7 years
I will agree though that there are a lot of artificial ingredients offered in the book, but I usually just use the recipe as a guide, and put my own stuff in replacement.
lovelie lovelie 7 years
I love this book!! I just made the pineapple skewers last night. I cannot for the life of me though find those noodles..
steviek steviek 7 years
Agreed with all the complaints about processed foods and HungryGirl! Her recipes are all like, "Do you love strawberry shortcake? Cut calories with my Super-Rockin' Strawberry Faux-cake!," which is, like, Wonderbread with strawberry jam and fat-free whipped cream. There's no way, nutritionally, that's better than actual strawberries with a dollop of whipped cream on a dessert cup (which itself is low in calories). She also seems way too committed to eliminating fat from her diet -- you need fat! I far prefer Robin Miller, who skips processed foods and offers recipes that taste good.
steviek steviek 7 years
Agreed with all the complaints about processed foods and HungryGirl! Her recipes are all like, "Do you love strawberry shortcake? Cut calories with my Super-Rockin' Strawberry Faux-cake!," which is, like, Wonderbread with strawberry jam and fat-free whipped cream. There's no way, nutritionally, that's better than actual strawberries with a dollop of whipped cream on a dessert cup (which itself is low in calories). She also seems way too committed to eliminating fat from her diet -- you need fat! I far prefer Robin Miller, who skips processed foods and offers recipes that taste good.
Spectra Spectra 7 years
She really likes that Better N' Peanut Butter crap...it's basically peanut butter that's powdered to remove the fat. Um, hello, the fat in PB is GOOD FOR YOU. The recipes that I've seen on this site sound like they're more for people that are trying to fit as much processed junk into their diet while still meeting their calorie requirements. I'd much rather eat nonprocessed foods that have small amounts of GOOD fat and GOOD carbs in them.
superfoxml superfoxml 7 years
I'm not really liking all the processed crap she touts. But with that said, I love that she offers the concept of exchanging high calorie ingredients for sneakier low cal finds. BUT I think we could all translate that concept into real and healthful recipes, using real ingredients. Being open minded when you're cooking, creative, and experimenting with healthy items can really surprise you. So just take the abstract idea of what she says and ignore everything else, haha!
rebeccakamel rebeccakamel 7 years
i think this book is great, a lot of the recipes i have made from the book dont contain many "fake" ingredients beyond splenda and you could obviously choose not to use that. i think this book is innovative and provides great recipes for parties and even for when you need a quick, easy meal or dessert after work.
Kate-Marie Kate-Marie 7 years
I used to read the Hungry Girl website, when all that mattered to me was that my food was low-calorie. But as I become more interested in the actual nutrition of what I was eating, I started consuming more whole foods, and I have tried to cut out as much chemical/artificial junk as I possibly can. The Hungry Girl recipe book would be best for someone looking to cheat on a diet, as opposed to just living a healthy lifestyle. My philosophy is that if I eat the right food 9 times out of 10, I'm entitled to some deep-fried onion rings or a rich slice of chocolate cake every now and then.
Stacey-Cakes Stacey-Cakes 7 years
This is random...i just ordered this book from Amazon yesterday. I can't wait until it gets delivered and I get to make some of the yummy recipes.
apinkpony apinkpony 7 years
I have the book, and read the column. But... your right, it's really processed and really fake, and drives me berserk! But... sometimes if one has a craving for something, none of these are any less "healthy" than the originals (because most have no health to begin with). Yeah... something like that. I will say though, being in college, her cocktail recipes really help save me :) Plus they are pretty tasty, and I get rave reviews.
ccsugar ccsugar 7 years
I read her columns, but I don't think I've actually tried any of her recipes. I agree that a lot of her stuff doesn't sound very healthy (i.e. her love of splenda), plus some of her recipes have weird ingredient measurements... like a half teaspoon of pumpkin puree!? So I buy a can of pumpkin puree, use a half teaspoon, and now have a useless can of the stuff. Unless I want to make pumpkin pie, which I won't...
susanec susanec 7 years
Everything she writes about is a substitute for something else, it creeps me out and never seems very healthy, mindset wise.
Red-Sharpie Red-Sharpie 7 years
I subscribed to their e-mails a little while ago just to laugh at it. It's amazing the lengths they will go through to avoid a little bit of fat or sugar. God forbid you should actually eat any real food with calories! I imagine the book is just more of the same. I think they are still stuck in the 90s when people believed that eating any fat is what makes you fat. Good book for people who think that calories are the only important thing when it comes to health or weight loss I guess.
Red-Sharpie Red-Sharpie 7 years
I subscribed to their e-mails a little while ago just to laugh at it. It's amazing the lengths they will go through to avoid a little bit of fat or sugar. God forbid you should actually eat any real food with calories! I imagine the book is just more of the same. I think they are still stuck in the 90s when people believed that eating any fat is what makes you fat. Good book for people who think that calories are the only important thing when it comes to health or weight loss I guess.
imLissy imLissy 7 years
I noticed most of the recipes in the book use splenda. Even in the sloppy "janes" ... wtf?
ash_marisa ash_marisa 7 years
Fit...I use to read the Hungry Girl web columns all the time, but after learning more about nutrition, they advocate a LOT of fake, chemically processed substitutes to lower calorie counts, and I stopped reading. Do you know if they still do this or they've gotten better and started using real foods, which i know your column usually recommends?
imLissy imLissy 7 years
my future mother-in-law gave us a copy. We made the shrimp pad tai and it was yummy! Well, we didn't exactly follow the directions completely. they didn't have those kind of noodles at our store and we put in a lot of peanut butter...
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