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Hungry Girl Today: 3.31.10



I am a cheese fanatic -- I love ALL kinds! Can you give me some cheese tips

Cheese-Obsessed in Chicago

Dear Cheese-Obsessed,

Most people LOVE cheese. At least most of the people I know. But if you're
watching what you eat in any way, it is important to choose your cheese
carefully. Luckily, I have thought this through a bazillion times and have
done the dirty work for you. Here are some of my favorite cheese tips and

1. SOFT SPREADABLE CHEESE - If you want to slather cheese on something,
DEFINITELY go for 35-calorie Laughing Cow Light cheese wedges. They're
unbeatable because they have around half the calories of regular cream
cheese and 10 times the flavor of fat-free (or even reduced-fat) cream
cheese. They're also AMAZING melted in egg scrambles and other recipes.
(See #3 for more on that.)

2. HARD CHEESES THAT MELT WELL - OK, the big thing about fat-free cheese
is that it doesn't always melt the way we'd like it to. My new favorite cheese
that melts PERFECTLY is Mini Babybel Light, also from The Laughing Cow
folks. (It's that cheese in the red wax that comes in a white net bag.) Break
those cute 50-calorie things up into pieces and use 'em in quesadillas, on
pizzas, etc. Light string cheese is also great for recipes, but it's better for
pizzas than quesadillas. Either of those is great eaten straight as a snack, as

The key to making crazy-good cheese sauce that's low in
calories, but doesn't taste it, is to combine different flavors and types of
cheese. The Laughing Cow Light wedges work great -- I mix them with fat-
free cheddar and fat-free cream cheese. Click here for our Nacho-rific
Cheese Sauce recipe. And for a fantastic cheese-sauce-packed snack, check
out Green Giant Broccoli & Cheese Sauce, in single-serving trays and multi-
serving bags (there's an entire section of 2-ingredient recipes -- a.k.a. Hot
Couples -- using the stuff in HG 1-2-3!).

4. OTHER CHEESE STUFF. Kraft's fat-free slices of American are good on
burgers -- veggie, soy, turkey, or lean beef! Reduced-fat grated Parm is
great to sprinkle on salads, pizzas, etc. And fat-free shredded cheddar works
really well in Mexican recipes.

There you go! Now you're armed and ready to CHEESE IT UP!!!

Hi Hungry Girl!

I just love your recipes and advice. I have a question, though. My family is
really picky when it comes to eating veggies. They like carrots, but only
coated in brown sugar and butter sauce. Is there a better, more calorie-
friendly way to make carrots satisfying for them? I tried using Splenda and it
didn't taste right. Thanks and keep up the good work!


Dear Carrot-Crazed,

Thanks for emailing! I love carrots in all forms: cooked, raw, alone, with stuff
on 'em, etc. If your family is set on eating them all sweet and buttery,
though, here's what I recommend: Cook your carrots with a little sugar-free
pancake syrup and Brummel & Brown (a delicious reduced-calorie butter
swap made with yogurt). Even if the syrup is made with Splenda, the combo
of the maple flavor and buttery taste will likely fool your family members into
thinking they're eating something that isn't diet-friendly at all. I've actually
got a GREAT recipe for glazed carrots made in a slow cooker -- it has some
other veggies, too. (HG Shameless Plug! If you like slow-cooker recipes, you'll
LOVE our latest cookbook, Hungry Girl 1-2-3. There's a whole chapter
PACKED with guilt-free slow-cooker recipes! And now, back to "Ask HG.") The
key with any swap is to find a nice mix of ingredients that helps create
delicious flavor. For example, if you don't like the taste of straight fat-free
mayo or fat-free sour cream, try mixing it with other stuff like spices, salsa,
BBQ sauce, ranch dressing/dip powdered mix, dry taco seasoning mix, etc.
You need to become a little bit of a mad scientist in the kitchen (like ME!). It's
REALLY fun, and you'll create a lot of AMAZINGLY DELICIOUS guilt-free stuff.
I promise. Enjoy...

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CALLING ALL NYC HG FANS! Come meet Lisa and get your book signed
TONIGHT (Wednesday, 3/31) at the Lincoln Center Barnes & Noble at
7:30pm. There'll be AMAZING raffle prizes (a Kindle loaded with HG books,
an HG iPod Nano, etc.), FREE Popchips, VitaTops, Fiber One, Laughing Cow
Cheese, and MORE. Click for details!

Today, March 31st, is Clams on the Half Shell Day. Sounds like a great day
to chew on some of HG's Baked Clam Halfsies. Don't be lazy... Go for it!!!

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