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A great intro to Hungry Girl recipes...but if you already have her books, these are all repeats
on December 10, 2009
I am a big fan of the Hungry Girl cookbooks and own both of her previous cookbooks which I use often for fast and easy meals that I know are diet friendly. She is very creative in the kitchen and can turn even someone who shuns the stove into a cook with her easy instructions and, quite often, good healthy takes on favorite treats.
So...if you are wondering if her recipes are right for you, this is a great place to start. With just 50 recipes, it's a small book of recipes but they are made into recipe cards and are quite cute...because of that, they are a fun stocking stuffer or gift set for any dieter or waist watcher or Weight Watcher! :-)
That said...(and here's what dinged it for me and took away a couple stars)
If you are already a raving fan like myself, these will ALL be repeats for you. I've made the "Ate layer dip" (her version of 8 layer dip) and the mini pigs in blankets and red velvet insanity cupcakes, and the eggs bene-chick, and the Lord of the Onion Rings and the hungrygirlfredo etc etc etc many times before(All good recipes)...so you should know...THESE ARE ALL RECIPES TAKEN FROM THE FIRST TWO BOOKS AND MADE INTO RECIPE CARDS. Although there were a couple that are from her website. The other cookbooks (HungryGirl cookbook and 200 under 200) are quite extensive and filled with recipes--so if you know you'll like her cooking from seeing her on tv, go for those instead. You'll get more bang for your buck.
If, instead, you are totally unfamiliar to her or just want 50 of her recipes in recipe card version...good place to start...You might should also know she is processed-food friendly. Although I personally avoid that as much as I can, I am also realistic enough to know there just isn't always time for me to cook from scratch and, in those time, I at least know I am not also loading up on fat and calories. Don't get me wrong...these aren't all processed food recipes. She doesn't shun them, but you will come across lots of cans and boxes in the recipes. Which, I gotta be honest, I frankly often need on weeknights.
Negatives: No Dietary Exchanges or Weight Watchers Points listed as you see in her newsletter.
Conclusion: For me, this would have been a waste since I already have all these recipes but it became part of a gift basket for a friend with some homemade low-cal goodies because she just started a weight loss plan and couldn't partake of the office holiday goodies and felt left out. So it went to good use and was well received. However, I think it should be a little more clear to those who do buy her books...they are good, but they are re-runs.