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I Guess I'm Not a "Hungry Girl"

>> Monday, September 29, 2008

Remember I told you that I checked out a couple of cookbooks from the library? Well, it's been almost a month now and I have a verdict on one...

My conclusion? The recipes are good. I especially love the Perfect Pepperoni Pizzas (recipe at the end of the post) and the Yum Yum Brownie Muffins(recipe at the end of the post).

I also made the Eggs Bene-Chick, but not being a big eggs Benedict fan to begin with I merely thought it was good.

I did, however, come to a few conclusions while trying these recipes:

  1. The "Hungry Girl" has no children at home. The recipes are mainly single serving and can be time consuming. I don't know about you, but I don't have 20 minutes to make my lunch. I would get the girls set down with their lunches, get mine ready to eat just as they are finishing and then, well, you all know how it is... When they are done you are done... The pizzas are nice, though, as I can make this for all of us and the girls enjoy it.
  2. I had trouble finding some items in my grocery store. (I searched high and low for turkey pepperoni and never found it. So I use regular pepperoni links and chop them up tiny so I "seem" to have lots of pepperoni goodness...)
  3. My food budget can't handle all this "special" food. Soy crumbles, liquid egg substitute, Splenda... It's expensive to eat this way...
My verdict: Time consuming and expensive. The recipes I have listed below I will use. This is a great cookbook for singles.

Repeat after me: portion control is my friend... portion control is my friend... portion control is my friend...


Yum-Yum Brownie Muffins
(1 Muffin, or 3 minis - 181 calories, 3.5g fat, 37g carbs, 2g, fiber, 2g protein - 4 WW points)

This super-simple 2-ingredient recipe is a Weight Watchers Fave!

1 box devil’s food cake mix
1 can solid pack pumpkin (15 oz.)

Mix the two ingredients together. Don't add anything else that may be mentioned on the box, such as eggs, oil, or water. The mixture will be very thick and you will be tempted to add in other things to make the batter smoother. DO NOT DO THIS AS IT WILL RUIN EVERYTHING! Place batter into muffin tins (or mini muffin tins) lined with paper, or sprayed with non-stick spray. Bake at 400 degrees for 20 minutes. Makes 12 regular or 36 mini muffins. (I made 16 regular muffins... )

Perfect Pepperoni Pizzas

These guilt-free pizzas are easy to make and can easily kick any pizza craving...


1 light english muffin (like the ones by Thomas' and Weight Watchers)
2 tbsp. canned tomato sauce; seasoned to taste with salt, pepper, and spices
8 Slices Hormel Turkey Pepperoni
1 oz. Shredded Fat Free Mozzarella Cheese

Split english muffin, spread sauce on each half. Top with cheese. Place pepperoni on top (cut pepperoni into small pieces & it'll seem like more). Bake at 350 degrees for 12-14 minutes.

Serves: 1
187 calories, 3g Fat, 875mg Sodium, 24 Carbs, 6.5g Fiber, 2g Sugars, 19g Protein -- 3 Points


pjmomof3boys 12:07 PM  

Thanks for the review! I've been wanting to read the book, so now I know that it's probably not for me...And that portion control thing...Yeah, I'm struggling. I'm SERIOUSLY considering going on my first ever diet. Sigh.

The Fritz Facts 4:00 PM  

Portion control is huge for me. I just have a hard time with it.

I hadn't looked at this one yet, so glad that you let us know about it. Need more than one serving for my hungry group.

Renae 9:01 PM  

We have turkey pepperoni in our little town! Hormel makes it and it's in the pillow pack like regular sliced pepperoni. We like it but it seems spicier than regular.

I'll be trying the pizzas!

Cindy 11:56 PM  

Keep looking for that turkey pepperoni! That's all we use and you can't tell the difference, but it has a lot less fat. We can't get it here in our little town, we have to get it in the "big" city.

Looking great for less 12:29 PM  

I have this cook book and I love it. I am not much of a cook and what I have made so far has been easy. I cook for myself only so the single serving is perfect. My husband does not eat the same way I do and I do not have kids to cook for. I have tried the chicken strips (I eat these several times a week), onion rings, potato skins, a few of the cocktails and a few other thing I can not recall off the top of my head. I do agree some of the recipes call for hard to find items and they can be expensive and time consuming to make.
I follow weight watchers so this book has been just what I have been looking for.

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