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Hungry Girl Today: 05.11.11

Dear Hungry Girl,

I LOVE your recipes! So much of my diet consists of foods you've introduced me to. Although it was easy to make a lot of your recipes in high school, I'm now in college and living in a dorm. Help! Any recipe ideas that are dorm-friendly?

Dorm Dweller

Hi DD,

I've got plenty of recipes and ideas for you! All you need is a mini fridge and a microwave. In fact, some of these require no cooking whatsoever. Check 'em out...

Egg-Mug Mania! - Most egg-mug recipes require just a few simple ingredients, a large coffee mug, nonstick spray, and a microwave. Check out the original mugs that started the phenomenon, and have some fun with these latest creations! To enjoy one on the way to class, just stuff it inside a high-fiber pita. (Take it OUT of the mug first!)

Cold B-fast Bowls - I love chilly, layered breakfast bowls with lots of protein and fiber. Start with fat-free yogurt (I like vanilla) or fat-free cottage cheese (with a little no-calorie sweetener). Then add lots of fruit (fresh, packed in juice, or freeze-dried) and top it off with something sweet and crunchy, like a small handful of cereal or a few crushed low-fat graham crackers. YUM.

Microwavable Meals - I'm not talking about frozen TV dinners. I'm talking about HG recipes that only require a microwave -- like the famous Neat-O Chili-Frito Burrito, this yum-azing Lettuce-Wrapped Reuben Dog, and this super-easy Lean-O Cioppino. Also, take a cue from these recipes and stock up on microwave-friendly foods like low-fat chili, low-calorie hot dogs, light soups, and pouched shelf-stable seafood. Speaking of pouched seafood, check out this awesome no-cook recipe for Salsa-fied Tuna Stacks!

P.S. In the latest HG cookbook, Hungry Girl 300 Under 300, there's an entire chapter devoted to egg mugs and another packed with no-cook morning meals! Good luck... with the exams and the guilt-free eating!

Hi HG,

I'm new to the world of Hungry Girl, and I am LOVING everything I read on your site. I want to pack my kitchen with the ingredients used the most in your recipes. What are they?

Itchin' to Get in the Kitchen

Hi Itchin',

Welcome!!! You've got SEVEN years of HG emails and recipes to catch up on! It's definitely helpful to stock up on staples from the get-go. So without further delay, here are some of my MUST-HAVE ingredients...

Egg Beaters Original - Fat-free liquid egg substitute is used in so many Hungry Girl recipes -- from breakfast scrambles to baked desserts. And it's super-low in calories (30 per 1/4-cup serving), so you really can't go wrong. You'll also find this stuff incredibly useful for faux-frying. "What's that?" Keep reading...

Fiber One Original Bran Cereal - These high-fiber cereal twigs are slightly sweet and taste great. A half-cup serving has 60 calories, 1 gram of fat, and a whopping 14 grams of fiber. They add crunch to parfaits, snack mixes, and more. We grind 'em up to make graham-cracker-style pie crusts and those faux-fried food items -- click here for more on faux-frying!

The Laughing Cow Light Cheese Wedges - Spreadable light cheese is a MUST-HAVE. Use a 35-calorie wedge as a cream cheese swap. Mix it with fat-free sour cream and reduced-fat Parm for a guilt-free Alfredo sauce. Stuff it inside homemade burger patties. Endless possibilities, all of them delicious!

Blue Diamond Unsweetened Vanilla Almond Breeze - If you haven't ventured outside the world of dairy milks, you're missing out. This stuff is rich and creamy, and it tastes fantastic! It has 40 calories per cup, which is less than half the amount of calories in a cup of fat-free milk. Use it in cereal bowls, smoothies, coffee drinks, baked goods, and more. Find it in shelf-stable boxes, stocked with other nondairy milk swaps. (Some stores carry the refrigerated version too.)

House Foods Tofu Shirataki Noodle Substitute - The ultimate guilt-free pasta swap. An entire bag of these noodles has only 40 calories. Use 'em to make 99-calorie fettuccine Alfredo and any other pasta meal you crave. You do need to get familiar with the texture and prep techniques, but follow our tips and you'll be fine!

La Tortilla Factory Smart & Delicious Low Carb High Fiber Large Tortillas - These 80-calorie tortillas are large and in charge, and the stats are ridiculously impressive. They're essential for Mexican recipes, but I also like to use 'em for super-thin-crust pizzas (just bake in the oven until crispy).

A few more favorites? Canned pure pumpkin (Libby's!), fat-free Greek yogurt (Fage Total 0%!), Boca Original Vegan Meatless Burgers (essential for re-creating fast-food items!), and butternut squash (for fries and much more). Happy grocery shopping, you!

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Today, May 11th, is Eat What You Want Day. When you have guilt-free recipes, you can eat what you want EVERY day! Brownies? Check! Cheese fries? Check! Pizza, lasagna, and fried chicken? Check, check, check!

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