Joining me this week on the Nutrition Diva podcast is special guest Lisa Lillien (aka Hungry Girl), talking about her new book and recipe collection: Clean & Hungry.
Lisa's special genius is in developing recipes that help us eat fewer calories without eating less food, making great use of the strategies that I outlined in my episode, 3 Tips on How to Eat Less Without Feeling Hungry.
I've made several of these recipes and loved them all. The portions are large, the food is delicious and satisfying and they all have surprisingly few calories. And, as the title suggests, the emphasis here is on whole and minimally processed foods—no artificial sweeteners, refined sugars, or heavily processed ingredients.
See also: Processed Foods: How Much Is Too Much?
One of the things I love about these recipes is all the new ways to use vegetables in place of less nutritious foods like bread and pasta. The cauliflower pizza crust is brilliant. (Here's how mine turned out—and it tasted as good as it looked!) I am also now totally hooked on zucchini Fettuccine.
Once you’ve mastered a basic technique, such as spiralizing your zucchini or making cauliflower rice, the book includes lots of creative ways to use them. Most of us end up cooking the same things over and over again. This is great because it gives us the ease of making a familiar recipe with lots more variety.
See also: How Important is a Varied Diet?
A lot of people might think of Hungry Girl recipes as being primarily for young single women who are constantly on a diet. Not at all. Even though they are low in calories, these are meals that your favorite "Hungry Man" would also find satisfying. I think kids would enjoy them too. The extensive collection of Slow Cooker recipes will be especially useful for those of you cooking for families.
Click on the podcast player at the top of the page to hear my conversation with Lisa, in which she talks about the inspiration behind this new book as well as some of the special tricks she uses to create her signature recipes. You can also listen on iTunes, Stitcher, and Spotify.
Plus, check out this bonus recipe from the book: Ratatouille Z'paghetti with Chickpeas.