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01.10.14
 

Yup, you can enjoy fettuccine Alfredo, spaghetti & meatballs, and more, without the excess carby calories. It's all about noodle swapping, the HG way! We’ve rounded up our very best pasta swaps, and we recommend you chew them ALL.

 
 
Hungry Girl's Fettuccine Hungry Girlfredo
  Fettuccine Hungry Girlfredo

Entire recipe: 99 calories, 4g fat, 376mg sodium, 9.5g carbs, 4g fiber, 1g sugars, 5.5g protein -- PointsPlus® value 2*

We're longtime fans of the super-low-calorie noodles known as House Foods Tofu Shirataki -- SO MANY noodles for SO FEW calories! And we love The Laughing Cow Light Cheese wedges with such a passion, we'd probably name our dog after them. ("Sit, Laughing Cow... STAY!") These two miracle products collide into a plate of deliciousness... CLASSIC HG RECIPE!!!

 
  Spaghetti Swap & Meatballs for Two

1/2 of recipe (2 cups squash with about 3/4 cup sauce and 3 meatballs): 327 calories, 6g fat, 775mg sodium, 45g carbs, 9g fiber, 19g sugars, 26g protein -- PointsPlus® value 8*

At first glance, this appears to be a large platter of classic spaghetti and meatballs. But this is an email about noodle swapping, after all, and that's not pasta... It's SPAGHETTI SQUASH! Warning: You WILL fall madly in love with the gourd after trying this dish. (Click here for all the need-to-know info!)

 
Hungry Girl's Spaghetti Swap & Meatballs for Two
 
 
Hungry Girl's Slaw & Order
  Slaw & Order

1/2 of recipe (1 heaping cup): 148 calories, 3g fat, 610mg sodium, 24.5g carbs, 6g fiber, 10g sugars, 8g protein -- PointsPlus® value 4*

Another noodle-swappin' all-star? Broccoli cole slaw! Cook it until soft (in a skillet or microwave), toss with tomatoey goodness, and sprinkle with Parm. Then consider your spaghetti cravings squashed. We love this recipe! Speaking of love, click here for a dreamy chicken Alfredo dish made with broccoli slaw, and click here for a no-cook peanut-noodle swap!

 
  Veggie So Low Mein

1/4th of recipe (about 1 1/2 cups): 129 calories, 2g fat, 995mg sodium, 23g carbs, 6g fiber, 9g sugars, 6g protein -- PointsPlus® value 3*

Skip the takeout! It's time to put those tofu shirataki noodles to work again, this time in place of the starchy egg noodles typically found in lo mein. Our recipe has a fraction of the fat and calories found in regular lo mein, but it's just as delicious. Grab your chopsticks...

 
Hungry Girl’s Veggie So Low Mein
 
 
Hungry Girl's Veggie-rific Noodle-Free Lasagna
  Veggie-rific Noodle-Free Lasagna

1/4th of lasagna: 265 calories, 4.5g fat, 926mg sodium, 32.5g carbs, 11g fiber, 13.5g sugars, 24g protein -- PointsPlus® value 6*

There are few foods quite as satisfying as a big hunk of lasagna. The sauce, the cheese... the layers upon layers of yumminess. But what if we were to tell you that this lasagna is... guilt-free? And that it contains no pasta at all? And that you won't even mind because it tastes SO good? It's all true, so make some STAT!

 
  Zucchini-Ribbon Salad

1/4th of recipe (about 1 cup): 79 calories, 3g fat, 285mg sodium, 9.5g carbs, 2.5g fiber, 5g sugars, 5.5g protein -- PointsPlus® value 2*

Fan of pasta salad? Say no more! You haven't lived until you've enjoyed a super-low-calorie helping made from fettuccine-like zucchini ribbons. This technique works hot or cold, and BOY is it amazing! If you want to bulk up standard pasta, zucchini ribbons are great for that too. (Veggies can do anything!)

 
Hungry Girl's Zucchini-Ribbon Salad
 
 
Hungry Girl's Thai-Oh-My Coconut Chicken Noodle Soup
  Thai-Oh-My Coconut Chicken Noodle Soup

1/6th of recipe (1 heaping cup): 99 calories, 2.5g fat, 532mg sodium, 7.5g carbs, 2g fiber, 2g sugars, 12.5g protein -- PointsPlus® value 2*

Another noodle classic (SOUP!) gets the HG switcheroo treatment. This decadent bowl of yum is WAY lighter than most versions out there. It might be just what you need on a cold winter day. Looking for a veggie option? Try our Asian Noodle Veggie Soup!

 
  Tuna Noodle Casse-bowl

1/2 of recipe: 255 calories, 6g fat, 913mg sodium, 12.5g carbs, 4.75g fiber, 0g sugars, 38g protein -- PointsPlus® value 6*

And for those days when you crave old-school comfort food but the high fat and long prep times hold you back, this mighty "casse-bowl" is here for the chewing. It has all the flavor you need for a tuna-casserole fix, only it's made in the microwave with those miraculous low-calorie noodles we keep going on about. Nuke it, chew it, and marvel at its wondrous ways...

 
Hungry Girl's Tuna Noodle Casse-bowl
 

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