24 Recipes: Big Portions with Small Calorie Counts
I'm having trouble losing weight because I always overdo it with my portions. I'm just not satisfied by ordinary serving sizes. Can you recommend recipes with really large portions (but without really large calorie counts)?
I know exactly how you feel -- I love food, and I wanna eat a lot of it! In fact, it's one of the reasons I developed the Hungry Girl Diet... Most people aren't satisfied by traditional portions, so the HG Diet is all about ginormous servings of healthy food! Here are some of the BIGGEST recipes to come out of the Hungryland kitchen...
Growing OatmealThe name says it all! HG growing oatmeal is made with twice as much liquid and cooked for twice as long as conventional oatmeal, yielding a tremendous serving of delicious oats. It's also amazing when chilled and layered in large parfaits.
Oversized OmelettesI love a good egg mug, but sometimes you need to break out the skillet for a giant omelette or egg scramble. The key is to use egg whites or fat-free liquid egg substitute, light cheese, and lots of veggies...
Spaghetti Squash DishesI'm obsessed with spaghetti squash. Each cup (cooked) has only around 40 calories, and it's an amazing pasta swap. Intimidated by the yellow gourd? Here are three easy ways to cook it up.
Super-Sized SaladsWhen you start with a bowl of chopped fresh veggies, it's easy to build a smart meal with a large serving size. Stick with lean protein (I love pouched tuna), low-cal toppers (click for tons of ideas), and light dressing (salsa makes a fantastic swap).
Mega Stir-FrysWhat could be easier than a one-pan meal? Grab your veggies of choice (a frozen mix is a great time-saver), some lean protein, and your favorite low-cal marinade or sauce.
Sweet StuffThe key to maximizing your dessert's serving size is FRUIT. You can have so much fruit for so few calories...
Chew on this:
Today, February 8th, is National Molasses Bar Day. Bypass the bar, and use your molasses in this Zucchini-Noodle Pad Thai!
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