Easy Recipes & Food Hacks Created by HG Fans: Breakfast, Dessert, Slow-Cooker Chicken & More

Mar 12 2021
We love coming up with new recipes and food hacks, but we also love to see what YOU in the Hungry Girl community are coming up with! Here are a few recent recipe creations from the “Hungry Girl Community: What's Chewin'?” group on Facebook. (Join the group ASAP if you aren't in it already!)

Cheesy Breakfast Grits

Entire recipe: 180 calories, 4.5g total fat (2g sat fat), 910mg sodium, 22.5g carbs, 1g fiber, 1.5g sugars, 12g protein

Green Plan SmartPoints® value 5*
Blue Plan (Freestyle) SmartPoints® value 5*
Purple Plan SmartPoints® value 5*

4-ingredient grits! HG fan Wendy came up with this one, and we fell in love with it BIGTIME. Combine 1 packet Quaker Jalapeño Cheddar Instant Grits with 1/2 cup warm water and 3 tbsp. (about 2 large) egg whites/fat-free liquid egg substitute. Microwave for 1 1/2 minutes, or until thickened. Stir in 1 wedge The Laughing Cow Creamy Light cheese, and microwave for 30 seconds. Top with 1 tbsp. precooked crumbled bacon. Mmmm…

Tuna Melt Wonton Cups

Entire recipe: 223 calories, 8.5g total fat (2.5g sat fat), 512mg sodium, 13.5g carbs, 0.5g fiber, 1g sugars, 21.5g protein

Green Plan SmartPoints® value 5*
Blue Plan (Freestyle) SmartPoints® value 4*
Purple Plan SmartPoints® value 4*

Hats off to Mary for this spin on crunchy wonton shells! Press 3 square wonton wrappers into a muffin pan sprayed with nonstick spray, and bake at 350 degrees until crispy, about 8 minutes. Mix a 2.6-oz. pouch albacore tuna packed in water with 1 tbsp. light mayo. Spoon tuna mixture into the wonton cups, and top with 2 tbsp. shredded reduced-fat cheddar cheese. Bake until melted, about 2 minutes. P.S. If you have a muffin pan insert for your air fryer, you could use that too!

Fully-Loaded Protein Scramble

Entire recipe: 178 calories, 6g total fat (3g sat fat), 560mg sodium, 6.5g carbs, 1g fiber, 3g sugars, 22.5g protein

Green Plan SmartPoints® value 4*
Blue Plan (Freestyle) SmartPoints® value 3*
Purple Plan SmartPoints® value 3*

This scramble from HG reader Sara is genius — she adds cottage cheese for creamy texture and bonus protein! Cook 1 slice center-cut/turkey bacon until crispy, and then chop it up. Whisk 1/2 cup (about 4 large) egg whites/fat-free liquid egg substitute with 2 tbsp. low-fat cottage cheese. Bring a skillet sprayed with nonstick spray to medium-high heat, and cook 1/3 cup chopped peppers & onions until slightly softened, about 3 minutes. Reduce heat to medium-low, add egg mixture, and scramble until fully cooked, about 2 minutes. Add chopped bacon and 2 tbsp. shredded reduced-fat cheddar cheese, and cook and stir until cheese melts. Optional toppings: salsa, avocado, and scallions.

EZ Slow-Cooker Sweet ‘n Sour Chicken

1/4th of recipe: 210 calories, 3g total fat (0.5g sat fat), 60mg sodium, 23g carbs, 1.5g fiber, 9.5g sugars, 26.5g protein

Green Plan SmartPoints® value 4*
Blue Plan (Freestyle) SmartPoints® value 2*
Purple Plan SmartPoints® value 2*

One of the best things about slow-cooker food is how easy it is to make — pop a few ingredients into the pot, and just let time do the work. HG follower Marci sent this suggestion: Add 1 lb. raw boneless skinless chicken breast, an 8-oz. can pineapple chunks in juice (not drained), and 1/2 cup sugar-free apricot preserves to your slow cooker. Cook on high for 4 hours, adding a 14-oz. bag of frozen bell pepper strips at the 2-hour mark. Salt and pepper to taste… Super simple!

Banana-Cream Cookie Stack

Entire recipe: 305 calories, 6g total fat (1.5g sat fat), 85mg sodium, 46.5g carbs, 5g fiber, 23.5g sugars, 17.5g protein

Green Plan SmartPoints® value 7*
Blue Plan (Freestyle) SmartPoints® value 7*
Purple Plan SmartPoints® value 7*

This dessert from Hungry Girl Facebook community member Jennifer is SO fun and creative, and it takes just 5 minutes to assemble. Start with 4 Reko Pizzelle Italian waffle cookies (or a similar brand with about 25 calories per cookie), a 5.3-oz. container fat-free banana crème Greek yogurt (like the kind by Oikos), and 1/2 cup sliced banana. Top 1 cookie with 1/4th of the yogurt, 1/3rd of the banana, and another cookie. Repeat layering twice, and finish it off with remaining yogurt and 2 tbsp. light whipped topping (thawed from frozen). So decadent, so easy…

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Today, March 12th, is National Baked Scallops Day. We have another idea… Wanna stick it to Old Man Winter and pretend it's summer instead? Bust out your grill pan and make these seafood skewers.

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