I actually borrowed my first Hungry Girl cookbook from the library earlier this week. "200 for under 200" or something like that. I have to say I'm not impressed. I'd have to make so many changes that I might as well make it up on my own (so much light cool whip and splenda).
As for Tosca, I did borrow her book for families. I did find a few recipes I really want to try, and they don't to so much cleaning up.
I do have trouble following meal recipes though I usually just make it up as I go.
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I really LOVE some of the Clean Eating recipes. I can pretty much tell before I cook it if I will like it or not. Some of the cookies look like dust balls but the comfort food is darn good, like curry dishes etc. I love to cook too and am learning to make recipes cleaner.
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I have a TON of cookbooks and I look on a TON of websites for recipe and meal ideas. I have made a few of Tosca's recipes. Some are great and others I am SURE have not been tested! lol! I do remember a Hungry Girl recipe; had SPLENDA in it... yuck! But, if you know how to cook/bake, you should be able to clean up just about any recipe.
I use all kinds of UNCLEAN recipes as the basis for a new CLEAN version. I do it all the time. If you know how the ingredients work, it is easy. As in doing my artwork, it is the IDEA that is the toughest to come up with, once you have that, the rest is easy!
I get Hungry Girl's daily e-mails, I mean why not? They are free!
I love the food news she shares. But most of her recipes have to be changed a LOT to be made clean. I pull recipes from all over to find things I like, that also don't give me such gastrointestinal distress!
MUSCLE DOES NOT WEIGH MORE THAN FAT 5 lbs = 5 lbs
5 lbs of muscle simply takes up less space than 5 lbs of fat!
If nothing tasted as good as being thin felt, no one would ever get fat!
JMO - I haven't tried the Hungry Girl recipes, but had visited the website a few years back. I liked her reviews and suggestions on restaurants but what she has to say about products was not keen on.
She promotes food products and companies now - her logo is on the Fiber One product line, so this means she has stepped aside from being an unbiased reviewer and become a sell out financially. This disturbs me so I no longer take her advice. That's just me though and I know Spark has promoted her on their own blogs.
RE: Tosca, the books look pretty plain jane; I prefer the recipes in Clean Eating (although of course she contributes her own recipes there) and have found that half the time they work - and half the time they are too bland. Since I cook a lot, I know what I can do to jazz them up a bit more (i.e. the Chicken Picatta needed more zing; mustard in the sauce gave it that).
When it comes to my kids, now age 16 and 12, at meal times they eat pretty clean and of course have their favorites (i.e. spaghetti); it's snack time that is way dangerous in terms of going off track. I don't restrict their snacks but I do ask that they keep them to a minimum.
Not familiar with the other book, but I do have one of the Hungry Girl books and I subscribe to the website. Some things I would never make due to her love affair with things like powdered, flavored coffee creamers, etc, but other things we do like. They're kid friendly recipes. We just made some honey mustard-pretzel chicken fingers the other day and I was able to find corn free substitutions for everything except honey mustard and I just made my own.
I don't have any of Hungry Girl's books, but I do have a few of Tosca's. Very few of Tosca's recipes have been hits at the family dinner table. I find that just as long as I cook from scratch it's easy to make most recipes semi clean. Lately I've been cooking from Everyday Food Magazine and have been happy with it. It's put out by Martha Stewart.
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