Healthy Recipes with Big Portion Sizes

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Dear Hungry Girl,

I'm having trouble losing weight because I always overdo it with my portions. I'm just not satisfied by ordinary serving sizes. What are some recipes with really large portions?

Always-Hungry Hilary

Hi Hilary,

I know exactly how you feel -- I love food, and I wanna eat a lot of it! In fact, it's one of the reasons I developed the Hungry Girl Diet... Most people aren't satisfied by traditional portions, so the HG diet is all about ginormous servings of healthy food! Here are some of the BIGGEST recipes to come out of the Hungryland kitchen...

Healthy Recipes with Big Portion Sizes Growing Oatmeal - The name says it all! HG growing oatmeal is made with twice as much liquid and cooked for twice as long as conventional oatmeal, yielding a tremendous serving of creamy oats. It's also amazing layered in large parfaits. Click for tons of recipes...

Oversized Omelettes - I love a good egg mug, but sometimes you need to break out the skillet for a giant omelette or egg scramble. The key is to use egg whites or fat-free liquid egg substitute, light cheese, and lots of veggies. Try this Big Green Omelette and this Loaded Chicken Fajita Omelette. Both rock. Or bake up this 4-serving southwest omelette-esque dish!

Spaghetti Squash Dishes - I'm obsessed with spaghetti squash. Each cup (cooked) has only around 40 calories, and it's an amazing pasta swap. I like it best with tomato sauce, veggies, and chicken or shrimp... Yum! Click here for a bunch of spaghetti squash recipes. Tofu Shirataki and broccoli slaw are also great for making extra-large pasta swaps.

Super-Sized Salads - When you start with a bowl of chopped fresh veggies, it's easy to build a smart meal with a big serving size. You just need to be careful about what you add. Stick with lean protein (I love pouched tuna), low-cal toppers (click for tons of ideas), and light dressing (salsa makes a fantastic swap). This Southwest Chicken Kale Salad is almost too big for words! Here are plenty more recipes for your chewing pleasure...

Mega Stir-Frys - What could be easier than a one-pan meal? Grab your veggies of choice (a frozen mix is a great time-saver), some lean protein, and your favorite low-cal marinade or sauce. Some of my top stir-fry picks are the Big Green Stir-Fry, Humongous Shrimp ‘n Veggie Noodle-Fry, and Chop-Chop Beef Stir-Fry.

Lettuce Cups/Wraps - I LOVE stuffing things inside lettuce... It feels like you're eating so much! Click here and here for a couple of snacky picks. As for entrées, get a load of these Mega Chicken & Shrimp Lettuce Wraps and Shrimp & Avocado Lettuce Tacos. Mmmm...

Snack Slaws - It's all about the broccoli slaw. A cup of the shredded broccoli stems has just around 25 calories. Add some dressing, and you've got a yummy snack you can enjoy all day long. This Scoopable Chinese Chicken Salad is truly slaw-some. (Tee-hee!) And you could have nearly 3 cups of this Tangy Tex-Mex Slaw for just 225 calories.

Sweet Stuff - The key to maximizing your dessert's serving size is FRUIT. You can have so much fruit for so few calories. In fact, you can have 3 cups of this Ginormous Fruit Salad Surprise for 169 calories! These Chocolate-Chip-Stuffed Strawberries are another favorite. Also check out the Banana Caramel Crunchcake (rice cakes make a great low-cal base) and Creamy Fruit Salad Supreme.

There you have it! I dare you to not be satisfied with these portions...

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