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Hungry Girl Today: 1.26.12

If you're one of the many people avoiding gluten these days, today is your lucky day. We've made some recipes especially with YOU in mind. Yes, YOU! Read on and eat up...

HG FYI: We've made every effort to ensure that today's recipes are 100 percent free of gluten. If you have a gluten intolerance, we suggest reviewing the ingredients on the labels of the exact products you use for these recipes just to be safe. We've also recommended some brands of gluten-free products in the ingredient lists below.

Chicken Florentine Pasta Swap

PER SERVING (entire recipe): 289 calories, 5.5g fat, 853mg sodium, 23.5g carbs, 6.5g fiber, 6g sugars, 34.5g protein -- PointsPlus® value 7*

A brand-new tofu shirataki meal! If you gluten-avoiders haven't yet tried these wheatless noodles, the time is NOW.

1 package House Foods Tofu Shirataki Fettuccine Shaped Noodle Substitute
4 oz. raw boneless skinless chicken breast, cut into bite-sized pieces
1/8 tsp. each salt and black pepper, or more to taste
1/8 tsp. garlic powder
1/2 cup sliced mushrooms
1/2 cup chopped onion
1/2 tsp. chopped garlic
1 tbsp. fat-free mayonnaise (like the kind by Kraft)
2 tsp. reduced-fat Parmesan-style grated topping (like the kind by Kraft)
1 wedge The Laughing Cow Light Creamy Swiss cheese
2 cups chopped spinach leaves

Use a strainer to rinse and drain noodles. Thoroughly pat dry. Roughly cut noodles.

Bring a skillet sprayed with nonstick spray to medium-high heat. Add chicken and season with salt, pepper, and garlic powder. Add mushrooms, onion, and garlic. Cook and stir until chicken is cooked through and veggies have softened, about 5 minutes. Remove contents and set aside.

If needed, clean skillet. Remove from heat, re-spray, and bring to medium heat. Add noodles, mayo, Parm-style topping, and cheese wedge, breaking the wedge into pieces. Cook and stir until cheese has melted, mixed with mayo, and coated noodles, about 3 minutes.

Stir in spinach, chicken, and cooked veggies. Cook and stir until spinach has wilted and dish is hot, 2 - 3 minutes. EAT!


Bean 'n Veggie PattyCakes

PER SERVING (1/6th of recipe, 1 patty): 161 calories, 3.5g fat, 493mg sodium, 25.5g carbs, 5.5g fiber, 4.5g sugars, 9g protein -- PointsPlus® value 4*

Some of the BEST-TASTING meatless patties around. And lucky you -- no gluten either!

5 cups chopped portabella mushrooms
1 cup finely chopped onion
1 tsp. chopped garlic
1/4 tsp. each salt and black pepper
One 15-oz. can black beans, drained and rinsed
1/2 cup fat-free liquid egg substitute (like Egg Beaters Original)
1/4 cup chopped basil
1/4 cup gluten-free all-purpose flour (like the kind by King Arthur)
1/4 cup sun-dried tomatoes packed in oil, drained, patted dry, finely chopped
2 tbsp. reduced-fat Parmesan-style grated topping (like the kind by Kraft)

Bring a large skillet sprayed with nonstick spray to medium-high heat. Add mushrooms, onion, garlic, salt, and pepper. Cook and stir until softened, about 10 minutes. Transfer to a bowl lined with paper towels.

Place beans, egg substitute, and basil in a blender, and puree until mostly smooth.

Remove paper towels from veggie bowl, and blot away excess moisture. Thoroughly mix in bean mixture and flour. Stir in sun-dried tomatoes and Parm-style topping. Cover and refrigerate until cool and set, at least 1 hour.

Evenly divide and form mixture into 6 patties, about 1/2 cup each. If needed, clean skillet. Re-spray and bring to medium heat. Cook patties for 3 - 4 minutes per side, until firm and lightly browned, working in batches as needed. (Flip gently so patties keep their shape.) Enjoy!


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