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Hungry Girl 300 Under 300: 300 Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner Dishes Under 300 Calories Paperback – March 29, 2011
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“Healthier takes on the familiar … will give time-starved cooks a litany of choices.” ―Publishers Weekly
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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I found the artificial sweeteners & other artificial ingredients were given as options in some of the recipes, mostly in the breakfast section to make sweetened oatmeal, in the beginning section of the book. Butter Spray is also an option, you can use real butter. I cook mostly dinner recipes and those weren't sweet, and don't have sweeteners as an ingredient. It really wasn't loaded with fake ingredients like some of the reviews had me expecting.
One strange thing, and I don't know if this is a pro or con, I guess it depends on the person, but a lot of the recipes were for one serving. Like foil packets, they only list enough ingredients for one packet instead of four. I thought it was strange because the book isn't listed as "cooking for one." Of course you can just multiply the ingredients to make more.
As the author of another 300 Calorie Cookbook, of course I've checked out Lisa's book. Mine is a bit different as it goes by the entire meal and strictly limits artificial and processed ingredients. But to be fair, there are lots of new ideas in her book and I think most any weight watcher would not find their money wasted here.
1) There is a huge variety of foods. Anything from mug meals to crock pot to skillet meals and everything in between that you can imagine is in here. There is a variety of flavors and cultures honored. I was extremely impressed.
2) It is organized in an extremely easy-to-understand fashion. There is never multiple recipes on the same page like some cookbooks. The directions are well written and easy to follow.
3) There are pictures of each recipe and cooresponding Weight Watchers Points Plus points on the HG website.
4) There are some ingredient swap suggestions.
5) The nutritional value per serving is featured at the top of each page. These include calories, sodium, carbs, protein, fiber, fat, and sugars.
1) The sodium content is EXTEMELY HIGH! For some recipes, it is well over 1,000mg. This is not for all of them, but I was disappointed that many recipes were relatively high in sodium content (500mg+).
2) The amount of processed foods used is crazy. This also adds to sodium content.
3) While it is not a huge negative, there were many brand name products mentioned repeatedly. What bothers me is that some of these items are not available in my area.
While I do feel disappointed with the negatives, I do not regret my purchase. I will be substituting processed foods for the real thing a lot (egg beaters for real eggs and homemade salsa for the canned for example), and also subbing low carb options when I can.
If you feel comfortable enough to diverge from the recipe in terms of ingredients, I recommend doing so!
This book has ton's of great ideas for all sorts of dishes! Also have made the Wontons around the world recipe for myself and used same filling with RF cresent rolls for my kids...they wanted all my wonton ones instead!! Love Hungry girl--keep up the great search to conquer your hunger :)