Get 2 NEW Recipes from Hungry Girl's Latest Cookbook

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4/12/2010 1:37 PM   :  91 comments   :  26,928 Views

We're big fans of Lisa Lillien, better known as Hungry Girl, and her guilt-free favorite food swaps. Last year, she dished about her tactics for avoiding holiday weight gain, and she gave us a sneak peek into some of her upcoming projects, including her latest book!

We're happy to report that her new cookbook is on store shelves and climbing the best-sellers lists. "Hungry Girl 1-2-3: The Easiest, Most Delicious, Guilt-Free Recipes on the Planet" is full of great recipes, and Lisa has generously shared two of them: Shrimped-Up Sweet Corn 'N Tomato Salad and Easy Oven-Baked S'Mores-Stuffed Bananas .

While Hungry Girl is known for creating low-fat and low-calorie versions of dishes you crave, this book has plenty of original recipes that are healthy and full of whole foods. Lisa, whose favorite foods include Fuji apples and broccoli slaw, shared the Hungry Girl philosophy with us last year: "eat a lot of fresh foods, a lot of whole foods, a lot of vegetables, a lot of lean meats, and a lot of fruit." This book definitely focuses on whole foods, with plenty of mouth-watering indulgences and treats, too. For Hungry Girl, balance is key!

Shrimped-Up Sweet Corn 'N Tomato Salad

You’ll Need: large bowl, strainer

Prep: 15 minutes Chill: at least 1 hour

Per serving (1 cup): 95 calories, 1g fat, 472mg sodium, 13g carbs, 2.5g fiber, 6g sugars, 9g protein

Ingredients
6 ounces cooked ready-to-eat shrimp, chopped
2 cups diced plum tomatoes (about 4 tomatoes’ worth)
1 cup chopped red onion
1 cup canned sweet corn kernels, drained
½ cup diced seedless (or deseeded) cucumber
½ cup chopped cilantro
¾ teaspoon coarse salt
1 lemon
1 lime

Directions In a large bowl, mix all ingredients except lemon and lime.

Over a strainer, squeeze juice from the lemon and lime into the bowl, and then toss to coat. Set in the fridge for at least 1 hour, to allow flavors to combine. NOW CHEW!!!

MAKES 5 SERVINGS

Easy Oven-Baked S'Mores-Stuffed Bananas

You’ll Need: bowl, heavy-duty aluminum foil, nonstick spray, baking sheet Prep: 15 minutes

Cook: 15 minutes

Per serving (1 stuffed banana): 152 calories, 2.5g fat, 29mg sodium, 33g carbs, 3g fiber, 19g sugars, 1.5g protein

Ingredients
2 tablespoons mini semi-sweet chocolate chips
1 sheet (4 crackers) low-fat honey graham crackers, crushed
4 small bananas, unpeeled, ripe yet slightly firm
¼ cup mini marshmallows
Optional topping: Fat Free Reddi-wip

Directions Preheat oven to 400 degrees.

Mix chocolate chips with graham cracker crumbs in a small bowl. Set aside.

Lay bananas on a flat surface, and cut a ¾-inch-deep slit lengthwise in each from top to bottom.

Cut two small slits widthwise at the top and bottom of each banana, to make opening the fruit easier.

One at a time, use a fork to pry open bananas slightly and fill each with one-fourth of the chocolate-crumb mixture. Evenly distribute marshmallows among the bananas, pressing them into the openings.

Thoroughly wrap each banana in foil lightly sprayed with nonstick spray, ensuring there are no openings for filling to escape. Place bananas on a baking sheet.

Bake in the oven for 10 to 12 minutes, until bananas feel very soft when gently squeezed with an oven mitt.

Serve immediately with spoons for scooping the gooey mixture out of the peels or, if you prefer, transfer the mixture from each banana peel into a bowl. Top with Reddi-wip, if you like, and enjoy!

MAKES 4 SERVINGS

Thanks again to Lisa for the recipe and for her endorsement of "The Spark"!

Have you picked up a copy of her cookbook? What's your favorite Hungry Girl recipe?

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Comments

  • SUGARSMOM2
    91
    have all her cookbooks she is great . everything taste good . - 9/24/2010   9:42:20 PM
  • SUGARSMOM2
    90
    have all her cookbooks .wonderful . you will enjoy . - 9/24/2010   9:38:57 PM
  • 89
    I just bought the book on this recommendation, and I've already got a recipe I can't wait to try! THANKS!
    - 5/8/2010   10:51:48 AM
  • 88
    The Shrimped-Up Sweet Corn 'N Tomato Salad sounds great, but has way to much sodium for people with heart disease. I have to limit my sodium to 300mg for each meal and 300 for snacks. - 4/28/2010   9:46:13 PM
  • 87
    I follow the Hungry Girl's blog and love some of her recipes! Thanks for sharing this with us. :) - 4/25/2010   6:11:03 AM
  • MAGISTERRIGGS
    86
    My wife's going to LOVE the banana one! - 4/17/2010   8:38:24 AM
  • 85
    The banana recipe looks like it's easy and delicious... I am always looking for a latenight snack that's not chockfull of calories. - 4/16/2010   7:20:36 PM
  • NUTTALP
    84
    I own all the books and the cards. I must say I eat these recipies at least 3 times a week. I try to find the more whole foods recipies but also apreciate many of those that used some processed ingrediants. It fits today's busy lifestyle. I do like shirataki noodles but since I dislike pasta alot, I do not mind the different texture and taste. I cannot not express how much more fun watching what I eat through tasty and non boring food is!!!!!! - 4/16/2010   4:01:52 PM
  • SUMMERDRAGNFLY
    83
    I watched the Hungry Girl on Dr. Oz. She was right on target. The only thing I disagreed with was her take on Shirataki noodles to replace traditional pasta. I tried these noodles once and they smelled like dirty feet. If anyone know where to get them without the odor I'd be willing to try them again. The package I bought was in Whole Foods. - 4/14/2010   7:49:16 PM
  • 82
    That banana recipe looks really yummy! - 4/14/2010   6:55:03 PM
  • 81
    Both sound delish and will try them out. Thanks for sharing with us. - 4/14/2010   4:56:03 PM
  • LINDA29513
    80
    Can't wait to try these recipes! - 4/14/2010   12:57:45 PM
  • 79
    Sounds delicious! - 4/14/2010   8:16:03 AM
  • 78
    Sounds really great, I'd like to have a copy of her book. - 4/14/2010   7:08:21 AM
  • 77
    I love her recipes, I will look for her book! - 4/13/2010   10:16:50 PM
  • 76
    I love her site and I will be on the out look for her book..sounds wonderful and one I could use alot. .. - 4/13/2010   8:53:08 PM
  • 75
    We talked about the book in Weight Watchers today. It's currently on sale at Target. I shared these recipes and SparkPeople! - 4/13/2010   5:23:29 PM
  • 74
    It just doesn't look good to me
    so i will be sticking to my apex meal plan
    i baught from gold's gym.
    thanks though. - 4/13/2010   4:35:27 PM
  • 73
    I've been a Hungry Girl fan since I tried Lisa's Hungry Girlfredo recipe many years ago. The cookbooks are lots of fun to read and the recipes are creative and inspiring. Love the Hungry Girl emails, too!
    - 4/13/2010   4:24:35 PM
  • 72
    I bought the less than 200 calorie quick meal ideas....my teenager is now getting into it :) - 4/13/2010   3:53:52 PM
  • CHOCMOM
    71
    The first day the second book was available at Wal-Mart, a wonderful SPARK friend picked up a copy and brought it to me!! I was so excited - I got a "real life" goodie from my spark buddy and such an awesome book. I've already fixed the "slider" recipe from it. - 4/13/2010   2:34:29 PM
  • 70
    Lisa and her staff are awesome. I have the 1st cookbook and the recipe cards (which I love) and I just recieved a 30% off coupon for Barnes & Noble so I'm going to get her new cookbook. I'm so excited. I pretty much make my grocery list from her recipes, so far everything has been great. My husband ask me to make the fiber one onion rings at least once a week. I just wish she would have book signings closer to where I live. I'd love to meet her and get her autograph. Her smile is contagious. - 4/13/2010   2:13:06 PM
  • 69
    I have way too many recipe books . I will try the shrimp recipe. - 4/13/2010   1:38:27 PM
  • 68
    No. I'm too frugal. Lots of free recipes here on Sparks. - 4/13/2010   1:34:43 PM
  • LAPORTE2006
    67
    We made a form of that recipe in girl scouts. We split a banana and put chocolate candy bar pieces in the split. Then wrapped it in tin foil and baked it or grilled it until the banana softened and the chocolate melted. Yummy - 4/13/2010   1:33:21 PM
  • 66
    The Hungry Girl philosophy is pretty much what I follow anyway. Neither of those recipes sound good to me, so I'll pass on the book. - 4/13/2010   12:44:12 PM
  • 65
    Way back when I was starting to change my diet, I probably would have given up or starved without the Hungry Girl web site and books. It was so overwhelming to give up all the fatty foods I loved and try to find something "safe" to eat. I have all three of her books and cook from them frequently.

    Yes, she does use a lot of processed foods in her recipes. Most people use a lot of processed foods in their home, and she is catering to these people - to the ones who are maybe a little lost, maybe a little overwhelmed, or maybe just a little "kitchen challenged."

    I've found that many of her recipes can be adjusted to use more fresh ingredients, or to use frozen produce instead of canned, for example. You just have to be a little more creative with it.

    I've also looked at a LOT of low calorie / healthy cookbooks where I couldn't even FIND half the ingredients in the recipes in the small town where I live - not even in the health food store unless they special ordered it for me - or where the IDEA of the book sounded great, but the FOOD in the book sounded terrible.

    I guess everyone needs to make their own choices, but I love HG and will keep reading her e-mail and buying her books! She's a lifesaver!! - 4/13/2010   11:49:22 AM
  • 64
    I feel the same way as many of you. Hungry Girl's recipes are loaded with processed foods, but with small changes to more healthy whole foods her ideas are great. - 4/13/2010   11:43:16 AM
  • MIEZEKATZE
    63
    Yeah, I'm not a fan of Hungry Girl. Her recipes contain too much processed food for me. - 4/13/2010   11:35:52 AM
  • SUNNYDAYZ4ME
    62
    I have not yet picked up a copy of the book...I am so going to purchase one the minute I see it! I love all the recipes....the website is great too! - 4/13/2010   11:26:36 AM
  • 61
    Yummy! - 4/13/2010   11:19:56 AM
  • 60
    Sounds yummy! I have requested all three of the HG books from the library and if they look as good as these two recipes, I'm going to order my own copies. I'd love to infuse some excitement into my dieting with some fun and delicious ideas. My husband would like that a lot too :-) - 4/13/2010   10:58:35 AM
  • 59
    I do like HG's tips and daily e-mails. I really do not like using so many fat free and "artificial" products that Lisa includes in all her recipes so I usually forgo those or make substitutions. She does give some great heads-up on new healthy products that become available. I learned of Vita Muffins through her! - 4/13/2010   10:58:34 AM
  • 58
    I love getting her daily e-mails, especially Monday's for the news. But I use her recipes as jumping off points. She uses fat-free and reduced-fat everything loaded with chemicals. So I tend to completely change them up. But I do eat things that I never would have thought to put together myself! - 4/13/2010   10:45:44 AM
  • 57
    I have appreciated all of her books and tips. I pre-ordered her book with the Sparks. Not bad purchase at all. In fact, it was mighty good. - 4/13/2010   10:18:45 AM
  • 56
    Hungry Girl Rocks!!!! She is awesome & i love all her recipes! - 4/13/2010   10:05:37 AM
  • 55
    We used to make stuffed bananas at girl scout camp. Love them!!!! - 4/13/2010   9:41:14 AM
  • 54
    I bought two of her books and i love them both - when your a busy mom and you dont have time or the money for expensive organic stuff this is fast and it still healthier options and I personally love it! - 4/13/2010   9:39:36 AM
  • 53
    i don't understand how someone who advocates so much processed, disgusting crap can be so popular. - 4/13/2010   9:31:56 AM
  • LERLEAN
    52
    I just received this book in the mail a few days ago and haven't had the chance to cook anything from the recipes yet but they look wonderful and pretty easy. - 4/13/2010   9:28:24 AM
  • 51
    I'll check it out, but agree that most of the recipes I've seen from HG before used too many processed foods. Maybe this book is better. - 4/13/2010   9:07:01 AM
  • 50
    I have her 200 under 200 book and have hardly used it. Alot of her recipes have ingredients I don't usually have on hand. Maybe the new book is better. I'll have to check it out. - 4/13/2010   8:52:52 AM
  • 49
    Her recipes are creative and always look so good. But I don't buy her books because most of the recipes use lots of processed foods and artificial sweeteners. - 4/13/2010   8:41:30 AM
  • 48
    Thanks. - 4/13/2010   7:42:02 AM
  • 47
    Thank you for sharing! It sounds delicious! - 4/13/2010   7:23:03 AM
  • 46
    Going to see if I can find a copy of her cookbook :) - 4/13/2010   6:42:19 AM
  • KEEPONMOVIN2
    45
    HI, I HAVE 2 OTHER HG COOKBOOKS;I HAVEN'T BOUGHT THIS ONE YET. - 4/13/2010   6:32:11 AM
  • 44
    I have 2 Hungry Girl cookbooks and there are alot of great recipes in them...I only have one problem with the food though....it's so good it's hard to stay in control and eat just one portion. YIKES!!!! Obviously portion control is my problem, if not I wouldn't need to lose right? - 4/13/2010   6:01:10 AM
  • 43
    I'd rather eat the bananas in their natural state - they are sweet enough already - 4/13/2010   4:00:28 AM
  • 42
    chicken works
    - 4/13/2010   2:38:20 AM

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