Without a doubt I have mixed feeling about Hungry Girl Cookbooks. For one I own them all and if I was just feeding myself the recipes would be fine. But they are not husband approved. Most of the food is kid food, which you think a man might like. French fries, grilled sandwiches pizza you know sloppy joes and stuff, that most women crave. But the lighter versions of these leave my husband gurgling about going to get real food after dinner. Men or at-least my man just can’t stand hungry girl recipes. The biggest flop was the fake fried food using fiber one cereal. The breading was just err oat flavored (horse feed flavored) and just wanted to slide on off. Where I like most of the parfaits, and fake outs, my husband just can smell diet all over these dishes, and then stubs up and refuses to eat them. So I would say if you are a single woman a college student or have a strong constitution or have kids that will share the healthy snacks. these are a fantastic thing
The critics Review
The architect of the Hungry Girl franchise returns with nearly a year’s worth of recipes that all clock in at under 300 calories per serving. By now her approach is familiar: employ pre-made, low-cal and/or low-fat substitutes for higher calorie items in order to Chili Mac, breakfast sandwiches, and other favorites. Not afraid to name names (she happily recommends brands, in some cases practically screaming “endorsement deal”), Lillien offers low-cal dishes for all times of day, beginning with her Egg Mugs?15 variations of eggs and other ingredients microwaved in a coffee mug?through lunch (So-Good Grilled Veggie Panini, etc.) and dinner (Balsamic BBQ Chick Skillet; Chicken Chili Surprise). Virtually every dish is well within the abilities of even novice cooks, and “Trios”?dishes with just three ingredients?are so simple that even a child could make them. Whether dishes like Easy BBQ Chicken Nachos (pre-cooked chicken warmed with barbecue sauce and poured over tortilla chips) and Crunchy Turkey Tacos (ground turkey, taco seasoning, taco shells) really needed to be put to paper is debatable. Though a few options (Red Velvet Pancakes) seem strange, the majority are healthier takes on the familiar and will give time-starved cooks a litany of choices. (Mar.)
Pros: . The desserts alone would probably make me by the book again and I will continue to sneak in hungry girl recipes on my husband till I find a few he likes.
Cons: If you you are a beer drinking man, who thinks the world should taste like pizza and hamburgers pass on these. You will be disappointed.