This food blog was written by Maferly Reyes, our Campus Ambassador from Baruch College. Twitter: @Maf_rox
Eating healthy is almost a challenge when living in New York City. The cost of healthy food often time doubles in comparison to non-healthy foods, so you can imagine how excited I was when I heard about Hungry Girl from my brother, who recommended her recipes to me knowing how frustrated I was. The “Hungry Girl” is Lisa Lillien, who has held positions in Nickelodeon and Warner Bros. One may subscribe to the free daily emails about healthy eating, and receive tips and tricks for hungry girls. Hungry girl content is seen regularly on Yahoo, Weightwatchers.com, Seventeen magazine, People Style Watch and many more! Hungry girl swaps the fattening ingredients in a popular dish, for lighter ones, making your dish not only a lot healthier but also equally tasty minus the guilt. The website is also extremely helpful as it states interesting facts about what foods should one avoid at restaurants, the myths about different foods, and interestingly even presents you with a supermarket list of products that one may consider replacing current supermarket products with. Check out the website, http://www.hungry-girl.com/, for yourself, you will not regret it!
I am always on the go, as many of us are, and the following dishes are two super quick, super easy, and super amazing recipes that were the perfect solutions to my meal problems.
Of many, two favorites from the Hungry Girl website are-
Sauced 'n Simmered Dijon Chicken
PER SERVING (entire recipe): 210 calories, 1.5g fat, 570mg sodium, 12g carbs, 1g fiber, 4.5g sugars, 34g protein -- PointsPlus® value 5*
1 tbsp. sugar-free pancake syrup
1/2 tbsp. Dijon mustard
1/2 tbsp. balsamic vinegar
One 5-oz. raw boneless skinless chicken breast cutlet, cut into strips
1/8 tsp. garlic powder
1/8 tsp. each salt and black pepper
1/2 cup chopped onion
Optional: cayenne pepper
To make the sauce, in a medium bowl, mix syrup, mustard, and vinegar. Stir in 1/4 cup water.
Bring a skillet sprayed with nonstick spray to medium-high heat. Add chicken and season with garlic powder, salt, black pepper and, if you like, a dash of cayenne pepper. Add onion and sauce. Cook and stir until chicken is cooked through and onion has softened, about 7 minutes. Enjoy!
MAKES 1 SERVING
Sweet & Sour Meatloaf
PER SERVING (1/5th of recipe, 1 slice): 227 calories, 5g fat, 521mg sodium, 17.5g carbs, 0.5g fiber, 11g sugars, 25g protein -- PointsPlus® value 5*
1/4 cup chili sauce (the kind stocked near the ketchup)
1/4 cup low-sugar grape jam/jelly
1 1/4 lb. raw extra-lean ground beef
1/2 cup chopped onion
1/4 cup quick-cooking oats
1/4 cup fat-free liquid egg substitute (like Egg Beaters Original)
1/4 tsp. each salt and black pepper
2 tbsp. chili sauce (the kind stocked near the ketchup)
2 tbsp. low-sugar grape jam/jelly
Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Spray a loaf pan with nonstick spray.
To make the loaf, mix chili sauce with jam/jelly in a large bowl. Add all other loaf ingredients and thoroughly mix. Transfer to the loaf pan; if needed, smooth out the surface with a spatula or spoon.
In a small bowl, mix topping ingredients. Evenly spread topping over the loaf. Bake in the oven for 50 minutes, or until meatloaf is cooked through. Slice, serve, and enjoy!
MAKES 5 SERVINGS