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Hungry Girl Today: 3.18.09



I want to start eating more oatmeal, because I know it's good for me. Do
you have any recipes for oatmeal that don't involve eating it out of a bowl? I
am trying to figure out how to get an oatmeal fix on the run. I don't get up
early enough to make it and then sit down and eat a bowl of it. Anything you
have would be a great help! Thanks!

Bowl-Free Oatmeal Girl

Dear BFOG,

YES!!! Our Grab 'n Go Breakfast Cookies are ideal for you. They're pretty
large, and each one contains oats (plus whole wheat and fruit) and has great
nutritional stats -- 154 calories, 1.5g fat, and 5g fiber (POINTS® value 2*).
They're SO GOOD! Make a batch at night, and you've got super-quick
breakfast for a few days. Click & scroll for the recipe. Also, Quaker
makes "Oatmeal to Go" bars. (Those are a better option for you than
Quaker's Breakfast Cookies, because the bars provide more of the health
benefits associated with oatmeal.) The bars are good but pretty sweet -- and
slightly small for the 210 - 220 calories (and POINTS® value of 4*) in each
one. Still, they're DEFINITELY convenient and give you the same health
benefits as a bowl of oatmeal. Try out our recipe and/or those bars and see
what you think. Good luck and I hope all of your oatmeal wishes come true!!!

Hungry Girl,

I LOVE Rachael Ray's "Cowboy Spaghetti," but I know it has TONS of fat and
calories. Any way to HG-ify it?

Cravin' Cowboy Spaghetti

Dear Cravin',

Rachael's Cowboy Spaghetti recipe is famous and can be found on the Food
Network website. (Click here for the recipe.) It's made with a slew of
ingredients -- some that are good for you and/or low in calories and fat
(onions, garlic, tomato sauce, hot sauce, fire-roasted tomatoes, etc.) and
some that are questionable in the calorie and/or fat departments (spaghetti,
sirloin, bacon, cheese, oil, etc.). There are definitely ways to lighten this
recipe up. You can pick and choose which ingredients to swap. Swap as
many or as few as you like, and your nutritionals will vary accordingly. Here

* Swap regular spaghetti for whole-wheat spaghetti or Tofu Shirataki
* Use Pam Olive Oil spray instead of olive oil.
* Swap out the ground sirloin for ground-beef-style soy crumbles or lean
ground turkey.
* Trade the regular cheddar for fat-free or reduced-fat cheddar cheese.
* Use precooked real crumbled bacon (a little goes a long way) or lean
turkey bacon slices instead of regular bacon slices.

We experimented in the HG kitchen, and the results were REALLY good. We
made two different batches -- one with 8 oz. whole-wheat pasta and one with
3 bags Tofu Shirataki noodles. (Rachael's recipe calls for a full pound of
pasta, but that's A LOT for a 4-serving recipe. We had no shortage of noodles
in our dishes!) In both versions we also used these swaps: the olive oil
spray, lean ground turkey, fat-free cheese, and crumbled bacon. Yum! We
halved the amount of cheese, since the original recipe calls for topping each
serving with a HALF-CUP of cheese shreds. The HG version made with whole-
wheat pasta has about 500 calories and 10g fat (POINTS® value 10*) per
serving. Our Tofu Shirataki one has about 335 calories and 10g fat
(POINTS® value 7*) per serving. A serving of the original recipe has about
950 calories and 33g fat (POINTS® value 21*)! Even if you make one of our
versions using the full pound of spaghetti and the entire amount of cheese
called for in Rachael's recipe, you're still saving a couple hundred calories
and more than 20g fat per serving with our swaps. Have more recipes from
celebrity chefs that you'd like to see lightened up? Send 'em in! Yours could
be featured in an upcoming email -- I'll tell you how to make it WAY lower in
fat and calories. Click here to take our impromptu poll on this very subject.
(Come on, it'll be fun!)

For links in this email go to:

Today, March 18th, is National Lacy Oatmeal Cookie Day. (What a
coincidence!) Why not celebrate with an "unlacy" (yet completely delicious)
oatmeal cookie instead? Try one of our Grab 'n Go Breakfast Cookies or
Oatmeal Raisin Softies!

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