Hungry Girl 1-2-3: The Easiest, Most Delicious, Guilt-Free Recipes on the Planet

Hungry Girl 1-2-3: The Easiest, Most Delicious, Guilt-Free Recipes on the Planet

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Are you HUNGRY? The number-one New York Times bestselling phenomenon is BACK---with even more yum-a-licious guilt-free recipes. This time, the EASIEST ones on the planet!

Hungry Girl's recipes aren't just delicious, they're SUPER-SIMPLE, too. Hungry Girl 1-2-3 will help you make the world's most delicious guilt-free appetizers, meals, snacks,

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Are you HUNGRY? The number-one New York Times bestselling phenomenon is BACK---with even more yum-a-licious guilt-free recipes. This time, the EASIEST ones on the planet!

Hungry Girl's recipes aren't just delicious, they're SUPER-SIMPLE, too. Hungry Girl 1-2-3 will help you make the world's most delicious guilt-free appetizers, meals, snacks, desserts, etc., with practically no effort whatsoever! There are loads of crock-pot recipes, microwavable meals, HG's famous "foil packs," and more. Some are such a cinch, you won't even have to turn on the oven or stove! Really.

With more than 200 recipes and two-ingredient "couples" to choose from, you'll never be hungry again! Get ready to chew on:

Crazy Pineapple Salmon Teriyaki (347 calories)

Mom-Style Creamy Chicken 'n Veggies (307 calories)

Queen-of-the-Castle Sliders (254 calories)

Caramel Swirl Cream Puffs (121 calories)

Corndog Millionaire Muffins (160 calories)

Chili Cheese Dog Nachos (218 calories)

Turkey & Veggie Meatloaf Minis (142 calories)

Planet Hungrywood Sweet & Cap'n Crunchy Chicken (234 calories)

Shrimp & Grits . . . for Hungry Chicks! (380 calories)

Cannoli-Stuffed French Toast Nuggets (228 calories)

Editorial Reviews

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“Finding easy and delicious recipes can be difficult, but the Hungry Girl does not disappoint. With her signature creative culinary flair, Hungry Girl 1-2-3 provides you with a variety of recipes that are healthy and delicious.” —DietsinReview.com
Library Journal
Lillien calls herself a "foodologist," i.e., someone obsessed with food, and she has a loyal following—her Hungry Girl enewsletter goes out daily to over 900,000 subscribers. In her fourth cookbook, she includes foods low in calories and fat (but some are high in sodium) and suggests staples like sugar-free pancake syrup and Cool Whip Free. Recipes list preparation and cooking time, needed kitchen supplies, and nutritional information. [Library marketing; 1,000,000-copy first printing; national tour.]

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780312556181
Publisher:
St. Martin's Press
Publication date:
03/30/2010
Pages:
352
Sales rank:
351,746
Product dimensions:
7.48(w) x 9.10(h) x 0.87(d)

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Hungry Girl 1-2-3

The Easiest, Most Delicious, Guilt-Free Recipes on the Planet


By Lisa Lillien, Jack Pullan, Andy Swarbrick

St. Martin's Press

Copyright © 2010 Hungry Girl, Inc.
All rights reserved.
ISBN: 978-1-4299-2900-4



CHAPTER 1

Swingin' Single Meals


Meals for one are super-popular in HG-land!

The best thing about these recipes is that even though they were designed as single-serves, it's easy to turn them into multi-serving recipes for a group. Just double, triple, or quadruple the ingredient amounts accordingly. Sometimes, you won't even need a calculator. Yes, it really is that simple.

You'll Need: baking sheet, nonstick spray

Prep: 5 minutes

Cook: 10 minutes


pizza luau

This pizza is sweet, fun, and DELICIOUS. And don't even think about limiting it to lunch or snack-time. It's great for breakfast, too!

PER SERVING (entire recipe): 230 calories, 4.5g fat, 808mg sodium, 34g carbs, 6.5g fiber, 9.5g sugars, 17g protein


Ingredients

2 tablespoons low-fat marinara sauce
1 light English muffin, split into halves
1 stick light string cheese
2 slices shaved deli ham (honey or regular), chopped
1 pineapple ring packed in juice, drained and chopped
1 tablespoon chopped red onion


Directions

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

Spread 1 tablespoon sauce onto each muffin half.

Tear string cheese into shreds and roughly chop. Distribute cheese evenly over muffin halves. Top each half with ham, pineapple, and onion.


Extra, Extra!

Left with an open can of pineapple? Check out the Island Insanity Burger and the Crazy Pineapple Salmon Teriyaki!

Place muffin halves on a baking sheet sprayed lightly with nonstick spray. Bake in the oven for 8 to 10 minutes. YUM!!!

MAKES 1 SERVING


A pic of this recipe. Yay!

You'll Need: mixing bowl, blender or food processor, basic skillet, nonstick spray

Prep: 10 minutes

Cook: 5 minutes


am apple scramble

This isn't your average morning meal, people. It's got a whole slew of interesting and delicious stuff in it, and it tastes like scrambled French toast. Yum!

PER SERVING (entire scramble): 242 calories, 1.75g fat, 655mg sodium, 42g carbs, 6.25g fiber, 15.5g sugars, 17.5g protein


Ingredients

1 slice light white bread
½ cup fat-free liquid egg substitute
2 tablespoons light vanilla soymilk
¼ teaspoon vanilla extract
½ teaspoon cinnamon, or more to taste
2 no-calorie sweetener packets
2 dashes salt, or more to taste
1 cup peeled and finely chopped apple
3 tablespoons old-fashioned oats


Directions

Toast bread. Set aside to cool.

In a bowl, combine egg substitute, soymilk, vanilla extract, cinnamon, sweetener, and salt. Stir in apple and oats. Set aside.

Roughly tear bread and place in a blender or food processor. Pulse until reduced to small pieces.

Add egg-apple mixture to the blender/food processor and pulse until just mixed. (Do not over-blend.)

Bring a skillet sprayed with nonstick spray to medium heat. Add mixture and prepare as you would scrambled eggs, stirring and cooking for about 5 minutes, until solid bits form and mixture is slightly browned.

If you like, season with more cinnamon and salt. Enjoy!

MAKES 1 SERVING


You'll Need: blender or food processor, bowl, skillet or grill pan with a lid, nonstick spray

Prep: 10 minutes

Cook: 15 minutes


tremendous top-shelf turkey burger

It's HUGE and scrumdiddlyumptious — and great on a plate or on a bun.

PER SERVING (entire recipe): 184 calories, 6.5g fat, 502mg sodium, 12g carbs, 2g fiber, 4g sugars, 20.5g protein


Ingredients

½ slice light white bread
3 ounces raw lean ground turkey
¼ cup finely chopped mushrooms
3 tablespoons finely chopped onion
1 tablespoon fat-free liquid egg substitute
½ tablespoon finely chopped parsley
½ tablespoon Dijonnaise
½ tablespoon ketchup
¼ teaspoon crushed garlic
Dash salt


Directions

Place bread in a blender or food processor, and pulse until you have soft, fluffy breadcrumbs.

In a bowl, combine breadcrumbs with all other ingredients, and knead by hand until integrated. Form into a nice, big patty about 3/4-inch thick.

Bring a skillet or grill pan sprayed with nonstick spray to medium heat. Place patty in the skillet/grill pan, cover, and cook for 5 to 7 minutes per side, until patty is cooked through. (Pssst ... flip carefully.)

Serve on a plate, on a bun, over lettuce ... whatever!

MAKES 1 SERVING


You'll Need: bowl, skillet or grill pan with a lid, nonstick spray

Prep: 5 minutes

Cook: 15 minutes


outside-in cheeseburger patty

We've boldly placed Laughing Cow wedges where they've never been placed before. We're adventurous like that.

PER SERVING (entire recipe): 179 calories, 6.5g fat, 502mg sodium, 1.5g carbs, 0g fiber, 1g sugars, 26.5g protein


Ingredients

4 ounces raw extra-lean ground beef
1/8 teaspoon garlic powder
1/8 teaspoon onion powder
1/8 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
Dash salt, or more to taste
Dash black pepper, or more to taste
1 wedge The Laughing Cow Light Original Swiss cheese


Directions

Combine all ingredients except cheese in a bowl. Add as much salt and pepper as you like. Knead mixture by hand until integrated.

Form into a ball and, using your thumb, make a large, hollow indentation in the ball (past the center but not all the way through). Fill the hole with cheese and squeeze the meat to seal, making sure no cheese is exposed. Flatten slightly into a thick patty.

Bring a skillet or grill pan sprayed with nonstick spray to medium-high heat. Place patty in the skillet/grill pan, cover, and cook for 4 to 7 minutes per side, depending on how well done you like your burger. Heads Up: Don't press on the patty with your spatula (your burger might ooze cheese!).

Serve however you like your burger ... We like ours with ketchup and pickles between giant leaves of lettuce!

MAKES 1 SERVING


You'll Need: large microwave-safe mug, nonstick spray

Prep: 5 minutes

Cook: 5 minutes


cheesy green eggs 'n hamwiches

Do not fear eggs that have a green hue. They're just, um, different. Heads up: If you use egg whites instead of (yellow) egg substitute, your eggs will be alarmingly green. Consider yourself warned. (Pssst ... Kids LOVE this recipe!)

PER SERVING (entire recipe): 255 calories, 4.5g fat, 1,319mg sodium, 25g carbs, 5.75g fiber, 3g sugars, 30g protein


Ingredients

1 light English muffin, split into halves
2 ounces (about 4 slices) 97 to 98% fat-free ham
½ cup fat-free liquid egg substitute
2 drops green food coloring
1 wedge The Laughing Cow Light Original Swiss cheese
Optional: salt


Directions

Toast muffin halves until they're as crispy as you like. Place ham in a large microwave-safe mug, and microwave just until warm, about 20 seconds. Evenly top muffin halves with ham, and then set aside.

Spray the microwave-safe mug lightly with nonstick spray. Add egg substitute, food coloring, and cheese wedge, breaking cheese into pieces as you add it. Mix well.

Microwave for 1 minute. Stir and microwave for an additional 45 to 60 seconds, until fully cooked. Stir again.

Evenly distribute eggs between the ham-topped muffin halves. If you like, sprinkle with some salt. Enjoy!

MAKES 1 SERVING


You'll Need: large microwave-safe mug, nonstick spray, baking sheet, small microwave-safe bowl

Prep: 15 minutes

Cook: 15 minutes


smothered pepperoni pizza breakfast burrito

For serious foodies who know it's never too early in the day to enjoy delicious, saucy, cheesy, pizza goodness.

PER SERVING (entire burrito): 284 calories, 6.5g fat, 1,078mg sodium, 31g carbs, 7.5g fiber, 4.5g sugars, 30g protein


Ingredients

½ cup fat-free liquid egg substitute
2 tablespoons chopped green bell pepper
1 tablespoon chopped onion
1 burrito-size flour tortilla with about 110 calories
2 tablespoons diced tomatoes
Dash garlic powder, or more to taste
Dash black pepper
6 slices turkey pepperoni, halved
1 stick light string cheese
3 tablespoons canned crushed tomatoes
1 teaspoon reduced-fat Parmesan-style grated topping
Optional: salt


Directions

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

Spray a large microwave-safe mug with nonstick spray. Add egg substitute, bell pepper, and onion, and microwave for 1 minute.

Stir gently, and then microwave for another 45 to 60 seconds, until scramble is just set.

Warm tortilla for about 10 seconds in the microwave. Spread diced tomatoes down the center of the tortilla, and sprinkle with garlic powder and black pepper. Top with turkey pepperoni, followed by egg scramble.

Tear string cheese into shreds and place on top of the eggs. Wrap tortilla up like a burrito, folding the sides in first, and then rolling it up from the bottom.

Place burrito seam-side down on a baking sheet sprayed with nonstick spray, and bake in the oven for 8 to 10 minutes, until crispy. Meanwhile, place crushed tomatoes in a microwave-safe bowl and heat in the microwave. If you like, season to taste with garlic powder and salt.

Plate your burrito and top with crushed tomatoes and grated topping. Enjoy!

MAKES 1 SERVING

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


You'll Need: bowls, basic skillet, nonstick spray

Prep: 10 minutes

Cook: 5 minutes


totally thai chicken lettuce cups

Just like the stuff you find at your favorite restaurants — without all the hidden calories and fat grams. SCORE!

PER SERVING (entire recipe): 227 calories, 4.5g fat, 875mg sodium, 21g carbs, 3g fiber, 12.5g sugars, 23g protein


Ingredients

¾ cup peeled and diced cucumber
2 scallions, cut into ½-inch pieces
2 tablespoons shredded carrot
2 tablespoons seasoned rice vinegar
1 tablespoon chopped cilantro
Dash crushed red pepper, or more to taste
3 ounces raw boneless skinless lean chicken breast, cubed
1/8 teaspoon garlic powder
1½ tablespoons Thai peanut salad dressing or sauce (low
in fat with about 35 calories per tablespoon)
3 leaves romaine, butter, or green leaf lettuce
Optional garnishes: lime wedges, sesame seeds


Directions

In a bowl, combine cucumber, scallions, carrot shreds, rice vinegar, cilantro, and crushed red pepper. Mix well and refrigerate until you're ready to assemble your cups.

Bring a skillet sprayed with nonstick spray to medium-high heat. Add chicken and sprinkle with garlic powder. Cook chicken, stirring occasionally, until browned and cooked through, about 4 minutes.

Place chicken and peanut dressing or sauce in a bowl and toss to coat. Remove veggie mixture from the fridge.

To assemble, evenly distribute the veggie mixture and the chicken among the lettuce "cups." If you like, finish with a squirt of lime juice and a sprinkle of sesame seeds. Chomp chomp!

MAKES 1 SERVING


You'll Need: bowl

Prep: 10 minutes


lucky four-leaf salad with feta and apples

Ooooh, look at us. We've created a classy, refreshing, and totally guilt-free salad with fruit and cheese. Yay!

PER SERVING (entire salad): 213 calories, 8g fat, 552mg sodium, 29.5g carbs, 6.5g fiber, 16.5g sugars, 10g protein


Ingredients

1 Fuji apple
3 cups 3-lettuce blend bagged lettuce
1 cup spinach leaves
¼ cup crumbled reduced-fat feta cheese
¼ cup thinly sliced red onion
1 tablespoon thinly sliced dry-roasted almonds
Optional: freshly ground black pepper, light vinaigrette dressing or
another low-calorie dressing


Directions

Cut apple into quarters and remove the core, seeds, and stem. Thinly slice, and then cut the slices in half widthwise.

Toss all ingredients together in a bowl. Add some pepper and dressing if you like, but this salad's so flavorful you may not even need 'em. Enjoy!!!

MAKES 1 SERVING


You'll Need: bowl, plate, baking sheet, nonstick spray

Prep: 15 minutes

Cook: 20 minutes


honey mustard pretzel-coated chicken fingers

Confession time! I'm a little obsessed with these. They actually remind me of the little Weaver chicken drummies I ate when I was a kid. They had bones back then, and weren't made with pretzels, and were actually NOTHING like these. But the sweet, salty flavor of this recipe is reminiscent of those little drummettes ... and I LOVE IT!!!

PER SERVING (entire recipe): 349 calories, 2.5g fat, 928mg sodium, 39g carbs, 1g fiber, 13.5g sugars, 37g protein


Ingredients

3 tablespoons honey mustard
2 tablespoons fat-free liquid egg substitute
5 ounces raw boneless skinless lean chicken breast, cut into 4 strips
2 dashes salt
2 dashes black pepper
1 ounce (about 10 twists) hard salted pretzels, finely crushed
2 teaspoons granulated sugar


Directions

Preheat oven to 375 degrees.

Mix honey mustard and egg substitute together in a small bowl. Season chicken strips with salt and pepper, and then submerge in the mustard-egg mixture. Set aside to marinate for at least 5 minutes.

Mix crushed pretzels with sugar and spread mixture out on a plate. Spray a baking sheet with nonstick spray.

Thoroughly coat chicken strips with the pretzel-sugar mixture, and then transfer to the baking sheet. (Discard excess mustard-egg mixture.) Mist the tops of the strips with nonstick spray.

Bake in the oven for about 20 minutes, flipping chicken halfway through baking, until chicken is cooked through.

Eat and enjoy!

MAKES 1 SERVING


You'll Need: bowl, basic skillet, nonstick spray

Prep: 15 minutes

Cook: 10 minutes


santa fe cheesy chicken stir-fry

Love cheese, chicken, and southwestern flavors? Let the stir-frying begin!

PER SERVING (entire recipe): 256 calories, 2g fat, 693mg sodium, 19.5g carbs, 3.25g fiber, 4.5g sugars, 38.5g protein


Ingredients

4 ounces raw boneless skinless lean chicken breast, chopped
2 tablespoons canned black beans, drained and rinsed
½ tablespoon chopped cilantro
½ teaspoon lime juice
1/8 teaspoon chili powder
1/8 teaspoon salt
2 dashes ground cumin
2 dashes black pepper
¼ cup frozen corn
¼ cup thinly sliced onion
¼ cup thinly sliced red bell pepper
¼ cup shredded fat-free cheddar cheese
¼ cup chopped tomatoes


Directions

In a bowl, combine chicken, beans, cilantro, lime juice, chili powder, salt, cumin, and black pepper. Mix well and set aside.

Bring a skillet sprayed with nonstick spray to medium-high heat. Add corn, onion, and bell pepper. Stirring frequently, cook for 4 to 5 minutes, until onion softens.


Extra, Extra!

Got black beans? Whip up the Bursting Burrito Bowl or the Fiesta Bites!

Add chicken mixture and, stirring occasionally, cook for 5 minutes, or until chicken is cooked through.

Add cheese and tomatoes and stir until cheese starts to melt. Enjoy immediately!

MAKES 1 SERVING


You'll Need: baking sheet, nonstick spray, bowl

Prep: 10 minutes

Cook: 5 minutes


totally terrific tuna melt

The perfect tuna salad is easier than you think. Just swap out the usual fatty mix-ins for pickles, onions, and fat-free Greek yogurt. SO SIMPLE!

PER SERVING (entire recipe): 298 calories, 3g fat, 1,379mg sodium, 31.5g carbs, 6.25g fiber, 4g sugars, 39g protein


Ingredients

1 light English muffin, split into halves
3 ounces (about 1/3 cup) albacore tuna packed in water, drained and flaked
1 tablespoon Dijonnaise
1 tablespoon fat-free plain Greek yogurt
½ tablespoon chopped dill pickle
1 teaspoon dried minced onion
Squirt of lemon juice
Dash garlic powder
Dash black pepper
2 slices plum tomato
2 slices fat-free cheddar cheese


(Continues...)

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Meet 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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DiamondD73 More than 1 year ago
I have a pretty busy schedule between work and home life so I don't have a lot of time to spend in the kitchen cooking up meals. Plus I've also never been much of a cook so that doesn't help. When I saw this cookbook it seemed pretty appealing and fun to use. From the first page I realized that it also contained recipes that help one watch their calories. I thought that was such a added bonus. The recipes are easy to put together and are so delicious. The best part is that they do not take a lot of time to put together. You do not have to hunt down the ingredients you'll need to put together a meal. The book contains plenty of options for appetizers, main dishes and everyone's favorite desserts. You'll want to try each and every one.
JacksonvilleReader More than 1 year ago
I am on Weight Watchers and bought this book after I began subscribing to the Hungry Girl daily newsletter because the recipes, etc. had WW points. The book refers you back to the website for points and pictures of all recipes. Why then did I purchase the book if I could get the same information from the website? Because the website isn't organized in a user friendly way and quite frankly, the book isn't either. I would recommend saving your money and just look for recipes on the website. The one advantage to the book is you don't waste your own printer supplies....
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
bought for my nook - I cannot navigate using the index - so need to scroll to the recipe you want - if it is on page 600(703pages) your sunk- I like her recipe books but cannot use this one - who ever heard of a recipe book you have to read cover to cover
Sharon42 More than 1 year ago
Since I live alone, I really like the fact that a lot of the receipes are geared for a single serving. I loved the crock pot chapter. I use my crock pot a great deal and the book has given me some new ideas. Overall, I really enjoy the book. I read it from cover to cover and will definitely put it to good use.
LauraKT More than 1 year ago
Lisa Lillien's latest is full of recipes that are just like her other cookbooks. "Recipes" like Giant Bowl of Cereal, Cinnamon Toast (made on english muffins) and Chili Dogs (using canned chili). Haven't we all been making these things since we were 6 years old? Why do I keep buying these books? WHY?? Because she makes eating healthy fun, and I wouldn't know how to make low calorie pancakes without her. The recipes are full of "Duh": Use a light hot dog bun, a fat free hot dog, nuke it and top with canned fat free chili! Look at that amazing recipe I came up with!! But some really will become part of your weekly meal routine so they're worth it for that. I bought the first two, I bought this one, and I bought them for my mom and sister also. And I'll buy the next one.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I have all of Lisa's Hungry Girl cookbooks and find the most recent one the best. It is easy to use and the recipes are more practical. Have used it a lot.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I own two other hungry girl cookbooks but this one is by far the best. It has slow cooker receipes, serving sizes of 1 or more, and is easy to read. I especially like how it gives you other receipes using the same key ingredients so a whole can of pumpkin puree, for example, doesn't go to waste.
TexasBaker More than 1 year ago
This is my favorite of the Hungry Girl cookbooks so far. The recipes are healthy, low-fat, low calorie and taste great. Hungry Girl Lisa Lillien does use some unusual ingredients in her recipes which can send one scurrying around the grocery store; but it is a fabulous opportunity to try some new foods. This cookbook is not for the "natural food" purists; Hungry Girl does use artificial sweeteners and other substitutes for high calorie ingredients. But these recipes overall are full of fiber, fruit, vegetables, and lean meats, and, just in general, healthy. The amazing thing is how great they taste...losing weight can actually be a pleasant experience! Lisa's over-the-top enthusiasm adds to the fun of reading the book.
booknthings4u More than 1 year ago
I like this one the best. I think it gives more options as far as things to cook for dinner. It has recipes for one or two, which is great as I am not very good when it comes to downsizing of ingredients. Has a wide range of recipes using a variety of ingredients. And the best, the recipes use ingredients that are suppose to be better for you.
CeeJayCK More than 1 year ago
Hungry Girls Cookbooks are the greatest. They enable someone who likes to eat to start to lose weight. I have so far lost 38.4 pounds by just watching what I eat and using these recipes... These books are the greatest resource you can give to yourself. :)
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I have the other two Hungry Girl cookbooks and I was so excited to buy this new one! It certainly did not disappoint! In addition to the yummy and healthy recipes are some new features such as: a list of supplies in addition to the ingredients at the top of each recipe and suggestions for what to do with leftover food after you make the recipe (like a half a can of fruit, etc). She also suggests substituions for specific ingredients, noting the chance in nutritional info if you chose to do so! I feel like this cookbook contains more simple recipes than the other two, which is great. It also has whole chapters for crockpots and foil packs! My only complaint is that I wish there were more pictures in the book! However, you can always go to the hungry girl website to see a picture of each recipe! Definitely a great book for anyone who is on a diet, trying to maintain a weight loss, or just looking to cook some healthier meals and snacks!
ChicagoGirl More than 1 year ago
I was at FedEx Kinkos and saw this book (for the first time) and while I was waiting (for 15 minutes) looked it over. First look I wanted to buy it, then I looked at it more and thought, I shouldn't because I like cookbooks with the pictures on the page so you can see what it looks like. Yes, there are color photos of some of the dishes but they're in the middle of the book and you have to check the recipe page to see what page the picture is on. I did not buy it for that reason. Just turned me off.
Jay1865 More than 1 year ago
This book is truly awesome. It contains a lot of substitutes for favorite take out meals as well as numerous low cal meals, snacks and drinks. This book makes it super easy to maintain a low cal diet without sacrificing the awesome taste of food we all love. The recipes are easy to follow and the calories counting is done for you.
michluvsboston More than 1 year ago
I found Hungry Girl on her website and have enjoyed her newsletter, but had not tried her recipes until buying the book. Let's just say her website is a great platform for selling her books! First and foremost, the book delivers. The recipes are easy. They are nutritious and both my husband and I have been surprised and delighted by the flavor of all that we have tried. There were even some recipes that the kids loved. Turkey mini meatloafs loaded with hidden veggies, talk about feeling good about the food you serve your kids, especially in light of all the recent press about unhealthy school lunches! The best part is, through these recipes, you learn to incorporate her simple techniques, ingredient swaps to incorporate into your own recipes - making them healthier with less calories, thus seeing food in a whole new way!
FitnessAuthor More than 1 year ago
So, I am a fitness trainer and nutritional consultant. Everyday I am asked about a dozen different books. "will this work?" "What do you think of this?". My clients and their fitness success is why I read as many diet, exercise and recipe books out there. Hungry 1-2-3 is a book that I recommend to many of my clients. This book provides MANY easy-to-make meals that, after testing them, really are pretty tasty as well as healthy! My only hesitation is that if you are not mentally ready to lead a healthy lifestyle, then this book may help you short-term, but not long-term. I encourage all of my clients to get in the right mindframe before they start with the healthy cookbooks promising healthy, tasty, easy-to-make meals. If it was THAT easy, we would ALL be thin. However, once you are in that mindspace, this book is GREAT!! The book that I highly recommend that you read before this is: Build Your Mind, Your Body Will Follow. It is a quick, easy and powerful read!
niscupoft More than 1 year ago
Have been using this book for a few weeks now and have made several recipes from it. Each one has been really good and most have been awesome! The Shrimp and Grits and the Broccoli Slaw with Bacon are two standouts that my family raved about. The egg mugs are so easy you could prepare them to go and microwave at work. Thanks Lisa for another great book to help use all get or stay at a healthy weight!
mediamaven51 More than 1 year ago
At 58, I suspect I am much older than the demographic this book is targeting, but I enjoy making (and eating) Hungry Girl's tasty and appealing foods without guilt. I've given this and other HG books as gifts many times because HG has such a practical approach to "diet" food.
MacKayla_pinkmac More than 1 year ago
I checked this book out from the library, and I was glad that I didn't purchase it.  It wasn't the worst cookbook in the world - don't get me wrong. I just wasn't what I was looking for. The recipes themselves where not bad ideas - I like easy meals for one that are semi-homemade. The types where what bothered me. The author name bombed brands so much she had to add a starting disclaimed on the copyright page saying she wasn't paid to drop that many brand names. She claimed it was just because the recipe only worked if you used those brands - yeah....that isn't how the world works brands aren't that important. Again, her ideas where just fine - as an outline to a recipe, but they didn't really rock my palette. I mean, it was all diet recipes. I didn't think that was what I was getting into. I knew healthy was coming, and some light on the calories - but I was shocked. She used so many store bought items high in sodium and fake sugars - so yeah, you don't get calories from the fake sugar, but that isn't healthy. I felt so miss lead - it isn't guilt free is you feel upset to your tummy from too many chemicals.  The design of the book just wasn't for me either. It was mostly in purple (which happens to be my favorite color) but the type was so light against the white paper that I had a hard time reading it without my glasses. Sad, I shouldn't have to fight that hard when just doing the opening skim (during the hard read I could understand glasses.)  The pictures where dull, mostly just "cartoons" that looked like clip art. I felt like the listed artist in the credits page just used free images from his own computer. I was disappointed. The pictures didn't line up with recipes, she had to list on pages with a picture of the item where to see the picture. The publisher really failed on hiring a designer for this book. I don't think I will read it again, and if I read another by Lisa Lillien it would be solely to update her contents, credit's page, and first sentence to shelfari. I wouldn't even read past those pages :(  I wouldn't suggest it to a friend either - I don't like to spread the use of fake.  
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great recipes that are mouth watering. But then again, it could have been better.
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Kahanlu More than 1 year ago
This cookbook is ahhhhmaaaziinngg! I love the mug recipes. Quick and easy. They are easy and I would recommend this for the College Graduate, for the simple reason they are fast, easy and fun...