This past weekend I bought a book called Hungry Girl 1-2-3.  It claims to have the easiest, most delicious, guilt-free recipes on the planet.  Now, I must admit, I haven’t tried that many recipes on this planet, but I would say they live up to their claim.  Here’s a few I’ve tried so far; they’re filling and easy, and even my picky boyfriend liked them!

Too-ez Mac n’ Cheese

2 c. uncooked whole-wheat-blend rotinin pasta
6c. (24 oz.) frozen Green Giant Cauliflower and Cheese Sauce
3 wedges The Laughing Cow Light Original Swiss Cheese
Salt and pepper to taste


In a large pot, prepare pasta according to package instructions, drain well and set aside.  While pasta is cooking, place cauliflower and cheese sauce in a large microwave-safe bowl.  Cover and microwave for 10-12 minutes, until sauce has melted and cauliflower is hot.  Remove from microwave, add cooked pasta, and set aside.

Unwrap cheese wedges and place in a microwave-safe bowl.  Microwave until melted, stir until smooth, and add to the pasta/cauliflower mixture.  Mix thoroughly, season to taste, and enjoy! 

Makes 4 servings (about 1 cup each)
Each serving contains 202 calories, 4.5g fat, 825mg. sodium, 36 carbs, 5g fiber, 6g sugars, 8.5g protein


Big Bowl of Breakfast

1 tray frozen Green Giant Just for One Broccoli and Cheese Sauce
3/4 c. Egg Beaters
3/4 c. frozen potatoes O’brien
1 slice Canadian bacon, chopped
2 T. shredded fat-free cheddar cheese



Prepare broccoli and cheese according to package instructions; set aside.

Bring a large skillet sprayed with nonstick spray to medium heat.  Add Egg Beaters and scramble 2-3 minutes, or until cooked.  Place in microwave-safe bowl and set aside.

Remove skillet from heat, respray with cooking pray, and cook potatoes on medium-high heat for 3-4 minutes, stirring occasionally, until thawed and lightly browned.  Add canadian bacon and cook until hot and a little crispy, about 1-2 minutes.

Add potato-bacon mixture to the bowl with the eggs.   Add broccoli and cheese sauce and mix to combine.  Sprinkle shredded cheese on top of the bowl, and microwave for 30 to 45 seconds, until cheese has melted.  Grab a fork and dig in!

Makes 1 Serving: 262 calories, 3.5g fat, 1,306mg sodium, 23.5g carbs, 5g fiber, 4g sugars, 31g protein

Author: Christine Odagiri, Membership Advisor, The Ridge Athletic Clubs