hungry girl

Recipe Exlusive: Hungry Girl’s Pizza-Fied Nachos

January 7, 2011 at 12:46 pm , by

3 sticks light string cheese
Six 6-inch corn tortillas
2 dashes salt
1/2 cup chopped mushrooms
1/2 cup diced bell pepper
1/2 cup diced onion
1 cup jarred pizza sauce
1/2 tsp. garlic powder
2 tbsp. reduced-fat Parmesan-style grated topping
17 slices turkey pepperoni (like the kind by Hormel), chopped

Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Spray a large baking sheet or ovenproof platter with nonstick spray and set aside.

Break each string cheese stick into thirds and place in a blender or food processor — blend at high speed until shredded/grated. (Or tear into pieces and roughly chop.) Set aside.

To make the chips, stack tortillas and cut in half. Cut each stack of halves into 3 triangles, for a total of 36 pieces.

Evenly lay tortilla triangles flat on the sheet or platter, and cover with a generous mist of nonstick spray. Sprinkle with a dash of salt. Flip triangles and sprinkle with another dash of salt.

Bake in the oven for 5 minutes. Carefully flip triangles and bake until crispy, about 5 minutes longer. (Leave oven on.)

Meanwhile, bring a skillet sprayed with nonstick spray to medium-high heat on the stove. Add veggies and, stirring occasionally, cook until slightly softened, about 5 minutes.

Reduce heat to low. Add pizza sauce and garlic powder. Mix well and continue to cook until hot.

Evenly top chips with sauce. Sprinkle with Parm-style topping and shredded/grated cheese. Top with turkey pepperoni.

Return to the oven until cheese has melted, about 5 minutes. Enjoy!


HG Alternative! For a meat-free option, feel free to swap the turkey pepperoni for some sliced black olives.

PER SERVING (1/4th of recipe, 9 loaded nachos): 213 calories, 5.5g fat, 744mg sodium, 28.5g carbs, 3.5g fiber, 4.5g sugars, 10.5g protein — PointsPlus™ value 5*

A Chat with Hungry Girl

January 7, 2011 at 12:29 pm , by

For any woman that’s had a hard time trying to put together a quick snack or a meal from readily-available ingredients and pantry products that aren’t loaded with fat and calories, Lisa Lillien, the woman behind the Hungry Girl phenomenon, is a savior. She was kind enough to chat with us about her popular diet and recipe newsletter and books, her TV show (premiering tomorrow on Cooking Channel),  as well her favorite guilt-free foods — she even gave us an exclusive recipe for her fab Pizza-fied Nachos!

Just for our readers that might not already know about your fantastic newsletter and books – can you tell me about Hungry Girl in a nutshell?
Hungry Girl is a free daily email about guilt-free eating. There are food finds and reviews, shockers [about calorie counts and nutrition info], survival guides, and zillions of easy recipes. It’s all about real world eating. The books are recipe books filled with great ideas and crazy-easy and delicious recipes that will make anyone feel like they can cook — even if they think they can’t. And the ingredients used are all things you can easily find in supermarkets.

Tell me a little about your new TV show. What can Hungry Girl fans expect? Will it have any connection with your newest book?
The new show is info-packed and a lot of fun. It truly is the Hungry Girl brand and daily emails coming to life onscreen. Fans can expect tons of recipes,  survival tips, shockers and supermarket finds! All of the recipes on the show are similar to the recipes you find in Hungry Girl books — they’re easy, guilt-free and delicious!

Speaking of your newest book, what is the trick to coming up with so many low-calorie recipes?
The trick is to always stay HUNGRY — hungry for new and exciting foods. I love that I never run out of good ideas because I love food and am constantly looking to make over EVERYTHING. I’m inspired by things I see on TV all the time – whether it’s a cooking show or a restaurant commercial.

Read more