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Reviewed in the United States on April 10, 2016
I've been following Hungry Girl for a long time but just within the last couple of weeks, I purchased three of her books and this book I just got this week.
I hesitated about making Hungry Girl recipes for a long time for some of the same reasons that others have rated some of her books poorly. But I got to a point where I just was sick of being overweight and I just don't have a lot time to spend cooking everyday after work. So this past week I made about five of her recipes.
This new book is the best book she ever came out with. Every single recipe comes with a beautiful photo.
From this book, I made the Naked Eggplant Parm, the Clean & Hungry Marinara Sauce, the Shrimp & Avocado Z'paghetti, and the Pumpkin Cranberry Bars.
Everything was easy to make and surprisingly delicious.
I also want to comment on some of the other reviews that I read.
Someone complain that "90% of the recipes are high carb". I don't understand that comment because this book is not being advertised as a low carb book. However most of the recipes are definitely lower in carbs than their high calorie, high carb counterparts.
It's also a misconception to think that you have to eat low carb to lose weight. The bottom line is that it's all based on the number of calories that you consumed by the end of the day, and you need to burn off more calories than you consume. That's the bottom line.
Finally, all the recipes that I chose at random were low in processed carbs. What a coincidence.
The other comment had to do with packaged sweeteners. Stevia is considered to be a natural sweetener, but it's in packets everywhere. And the stevia-based Truvia is what she uses in the recipes.
You are welcome to use sugar instead, but it will up the calorie count. I personally don't like the taste of artificial sweeteners but I really want to lose weight, so I got the kind that is half sugar, half stevia.
When you are modifying recipes so that they will help people to lose weight, something has got to give. If you take out ALL the fat, then taste suffers. If you take out ALL the carbs, well that's not healthy for your body. You have to find a healthy compromise. And no one is going to agree 100% on what that should be. So she does give suggestions on modifications, and I made some of my own.
For instance, in the Pumpkin Cranberry Bars, it calls for peanut butter. But I don't eat nuts, so I subbed sunflower butter instead.
See how easy that was?