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Hungry Girl: 200 Under 200: 200 Recipes Under 200 Calories Paperback – April 14, 2009
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“One of the best and most practical cookbooks out there is Hungry Girl: 200 Under 200.” ―The Sun Chronicle
“These aren't the typical bland and boring diet-food ingredients.” ―New York Daily News
About the Author
She's not a nutritionist, she's just hungry. LISA LILLIEN is the founder of hungry-girl.com. Over half a million loyal fans receive her daily emails containing guilt-free recipes, food and product reviews, dieting news, shockers and more. She lives in Los Angeles, California.
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1) are SUPER busy all the time
2) are on a budget
3) want to eat healthier but either a) don't know how, or b) have been burned in the past and don't want to lose out on good food and nice portions
4) aren't necessarily awesome cooks, but can hold their own (or at least follow directions)
As others have mentioned, every ingredient is something you can find with ease at any grocery store. You don't need to go anywhere fancy or spend much money to reproduce the recipes in here. I'll be honest - I don't use this book anymore (though my sister, who just lost close to 200lbs, has been using it non-stop), but I appreciated it when I was first living on my own and trying to "watch my weight." I admit that the Miracle Mashies (mashed cauliflower) used to be my favorite thing in the book; I think it was one of the first times I saw cauliflower being used in such a unique and delicious way (this was long before they became the cool thing to use in pizza crusts, as steaks, breaded and fried in lieu of buffalo chicken, etc.).
I'm not a health and this is my first book review so please keep that in mind when reading this :)
First thing I did was pick out enough breakfast, lunches, dinners, and snacks to last me an entire week. I was just starting a new job so I needed to plan out all of my meals and make some ahead of time so I would less likely to grab fast food. I am super picky eater and dislike a lot of vegetables so this book was perfect for me. I should also mention I am diabetic so that is another reason these recipes work well for me.
So far I really really REALLY like what I have tried!
I am trying to watch my calories, carbs, and fat intake and I have been able to by sticking with recipes like this. A lot of the recipes just make a serving or 2. I am single without kids at home so single serving recipes work for me. I double or triple the recipe if I want more.
Yes, the recipes sometimes call for a lot of ingredients and some of the ingredients can be a little more $$ (egg beaters, soy crumbles, etc.) but I just picked out recipes that called for the same ingredients and it went a long way!
Here is what I think of a few I have tried:
Big fat blueberry muffins-horrible. Sorry.
Cheesed-up Pepperoni Pizza Scramble-Good! Made a double batch to heat up the next day and heated up nicely!
Never tried Turkey Pepperoni until this recipe called for it and it is really good!Can't even tell the difference, definitely a keeper.
Fab-five banana pancake mini's-good! Super quick and easy to make. I tripled the recipe and froze individual servings for later.
Cheesy-good breakfast tartlets-fair. Liked them at first but since this recipe makes 4 servings I ate this 4 breakfast 4 days in a row and was tired of them by day 3. Could definitely play around with the ingredients in these and make them very tasty.
Mexi-licious smothered taco scramble-LOVE! Instead of salsa I just threw in some diced tomatoes I had hangin' around from some of the other recipes in this book and topped with a bit of sour cream.
Cheesy beefy quesadilla-LOVE! I think this is my favorite one. Quick and delicious. I added diced tomatoes and top with sour cream. Possibly my favorite!
Mexican bean and cheese dip- addicting! Hard to stick to just one serving so I eat 2 servings, eat with tortilla chips and call it a meal! This does not taste like anything diet, anyone who has tried it with me asks me to make it again! Definitely a fav.
Lean bean'n cheese enchiladas-Yum! I used 2 small corn tortillas since I couldnt find any med-large ones and called it a serving. Not sure how accurate that is but I don't care, I love these and its a much healthier version than what I would eat if I went out for Mexican! Another keeper.
Big bad burger wrap-good! While nothing can take the place of a nice juicy burger this is pretty decent and filling!
I have many more recipes I am dying to try from this book and am definitely going to check into some of her others.
The recipes I have tried so far have turned out well.
I am part of a large family and most recipes seem to only make one or two servings, which can be a hassle. Another downside, for me, is that there is a lot of focus on certain products like Vitatops. I like to bake and would like to have more recipes that weren't relying on things like that. All that aside, over all it is a fun cookbook and there have been some tasty finds in it!
This book is full of recipes that were easy for me to make. Although I haven't tried every one, I have been happy with the ones I have tried.
Two things you should know:
1) Don't expect gourmet meals or anything that you would serve to fancy people. In general these aren't full meals and wouldn't wow anyone other than others watching their weight.
2) They're not really made from "real" food. I mean, sure, it's food...but it's basically ways to get more fiber in your diet with processed foods. Don't get me wrong, I like it - but it is a lot of processed foods. Personally, this made it easier on me because I didn't have to stock my kitchen with lots of ingredients that I may never use again.
I took off a star because I wish that they would've had more pictures of the items in the book. Since I don't cook a lot, I like seeing the pictures to see if it's something that would LOOK like something I'd like. This is due to the ingredient list being a little unique (like cereal covered onions for onion rings).