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Hungry Girl Today: 12.13.13
GIRLS BITE OUT
Don't stress over what to make for your big holiday meal! We've pulled together TEN of our very best recipes for any winter holiday feast, from drinks to desserts!
1/5th of recipe (about 1 cup): 98 calories, 2g fat, 382mg sodium, 13g carbs, 0.5g fiber, 6g sugars, 6g protein -- PointsPlus® value 2*
Gotta start with eggnog. Why? Because a cup of the real deal has about 400 calories and 20g fat! Our swap is just as thick and creamy, but with a fraction of the calories. If you want fun flavored nog or a nog-inspired pie, we have recipes for those too!
1/12th of recipe (about 2 1/2 oz. cooked meat with 2/3 cup broth and veggies): 206 calories, 7g fat, 447mg sodium, 11g carbs, 2g fiber, 4.5g sugars, 25.5g protein -- PointsPlus® value 5*
When we think of hearty comfort food that's perfect for cold weather, this pot roast comes to mind. Just look at it! And the fact that you can whip it up in a slow cooker makes it even more perfect. So easy!
Mostly Roasted Veggie Explosion
1/8th of platter: 70 calories, <0.5g fat, 97mg sodium, 15.5g carbs, 7g fiber, 6g sugars, 3g protein -- PointsPlus® value 0*
Veggies are great for snacking, but when it's chilly outside, cold celery sticks aren't exactly what you need. Here's a great way to zazzle up the snack tray... ROAST THE VEGETABLES. (Most of 'em, anyway.) Flavorful finger foods like these will make your guests (and YOU) very happy!
Holiday Harvest Kale Salad
1/6th of recipe (about 1 1/4 cups): 102 calories, 2g fat, 126mg sodium, 20g carbs, 2.5g fiber, 9.5g sugars, 3g protein -- PointsPlus® value 3*
This fruity salad deserves a place at your table. The juicy mandarin segments, the sweet-tart cranberries, the crunchy kale... Friends and family will be begging for the recipe. Go ahead and share it!
Creamy Mushroom Faux-sotto
1/4th of recipe (about 1 cup): 205 calories, 2.5g fat, 585mg sodium, 39g carbs, 3.5g fiber, 5g sugars, 7.5g protein -- PointsPlus® value 5*
Let's get fancy, people. In addition to being higher in fiber and lower in fat than conventional recipes, our "faux-sotto" is also much more low maintenance. No standing over the pot, perpetually stirring. Yay... and yum!!!
Butternut-Potato Swirly Mashie Casserole
1/6th of recipe (about 1 cup): 146 calories, 2g fat, 331mg sodium, 26g carbs, 4g fiber, 5g sugars, 6g protein -- PointsPlus® value 4*
This spud 'n squash dish is the ultimate combo of savory and slightly sweet; of cheesy and garlicky; of comfort-food richness and guilt-free goodness. Once your guests get a taste, they may request it every year. So be ready...
Gooey-Good Baked Mac 'n Cheese
1/4th of recipe (about 1 1/3 cups): 239 calories, 4g fat, 615mg sodium, 36g carbs, 4.5g fiber, 6g sugars, 12g protein -- PointsPlus® value 6*
Hooray for cheesy pasta... as long as it's a Hungry Girl original! We love baked mac 'n cheese on occasions like these, but a 1-cup serving can have over 500 calories, which is way too high for a side dish! With less than half as many calories, our recipe ROCKS!
Peppermint Bark Fudge
1/36th of recipe (1 piece): 67 calories, 1g fat, 50mg sodium, 14g carbs, 0.5g fiber, 9.5g sugars, 0.5g protein -- PointsPlus® value 2*
This time of year, people tend to go cookie crazy. Shake things up a bit with this FUDGE topped with peppermint bits! Our fudge base is a delicious combo of brownie mix and canned pure pumpkin, and it's AMAZING! Try it!
Gooey-Good Fuji Apple Pie
1/8th of pie (1 slice): 159 calories, 3g fat, 167mg sodium, 37g carbs, 5.5g fiber, 23g sugars, 1g protein -- PointsPlus® value 4*
Doesn't it always seem like the right time for apple pie? It would be great right now (perhaps warm with a scoop of light vanilla ice cream), and it would be just as amazing in mid-autumn or on the Fourth of July. What we're saying is bookmark this recipe -- you're gonna want it all year long.
Candyland Peppermint Pie
1/8th of pie (1 slice): 202 calories, 4.5g fat, 250mg sodium, 37g carbs, 0.25g fiber, 24g sugars, 2.5g protein -- PointsPlus® value 5*
We can't talk about winter holiday desserts without bringing up this creamy, minty treat. With just the right amounts of chocolate and candy-cane deliciousness, this is the ultimate dessert for your special celebration. Forget store-bought versions... Ours RULES!
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Eeeks! How did Friday the 13th sneak up on us like that? Maybe that's why we've been craving this Lucky 4-Leaf Salad w/ Feta & Apples!
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