Posts Tagged ‘low calorie’

Kate Langenburg/A &E Groove

I know, the title to this blog post has a really weird name. It’s okay. Just because it’s new doesn’t mean that it has to be completely alien and strange. Give this yummy HungryGirl recipe a shot, then make your decision.


  • 1 package House Foods Tofu Shirataki Fettucine Shaped Noodle Substitute
  • 1/2 cup small broccoli florets
  • 1/2 cup red pepper chunks
  • 1/2 cup large zucchini chunks
  • 1 wedge Laughing Cow Light Original Swiss cheese
  • 1 tbsp. fat-free sour cream
  • 2 tsp. reduced fat grated parmesan style topping
  • salt and pepper, to taste
  • Optional: garlic powder, chili powder (I STRONGLY recommend the garlic powder)
Yum! Deliciousness. Photo from hungrygirl.com.

Yum! Deliciousness. Photo from hungrygirl.com.

Step 1: Place all the veggies in a medium sized microwave-safe bowl with 2 tbsp. water. Cover bowl and microwave for 2-3 minutes until the veggies are fully steamed. Then drain the water and set aside.

Step 2: Drain and rinse noodles well. Dry the noodles thoroughly, using a paper towel to soak up any excess moisture. Then slice up the noodles a bit to make for easier eating! 

Step 3: Place the noodles in a microwave safe bowl and top it all off with the cheese, sour cream, and parmesan topping. Microwave for one minute.

Step 4: Take it out, stir, then microwave for another minute. Mix in the veggies and season well with salt and pepper. Add the garlic powder!

Might I add that you don’t have to stick to just the veggies in this recipe. I added different kinds and even took out the zucchini the last time I made this. (I’m not much of a zucchini fan.)

Also, I have to say a quick word about tofu shirataki noodles — they don’t really taste like pasta. I just want to get that out there. Don’t expect it to taste like a homecooked italian fettucine meal. It does taste very good, but it has a little different flavor and texture happening. It’s good in a different kind of way.

However, the entire recipe is only about 150 calories…and you don’t have to share. It makes one serving and is very filling. Bon appetit!

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Kate Langenburg/A&E Groove

It’s my favorite time of the day. Blog time. Today I’m feeling rather hungry, so I want to give you this great recipe if you need a snack in your life right now like I do. This nice little snack mix from Hungry Girl will certainly lift your spirits and your taste buds!


  • 2 Nature Valley Crunchy Granola Bars (that’s 1pack), Peanut Butter flavor
  • 3/4 cup Cocoa Puffs cereal…yum
  • about 1 cup Gerber Finger Foods Fruit Puffs, Banana flavor
  • 1 ounce (about 1 cup) freeze dried strawberries
Oh gosh, this stuff is good. Photo from hungrygirl.com.

Oh gosh, this stuff is good. Photo from hungrygirl.com.

Step 1: Using a sharp knife, cut the granola bars into small bite sized pieces.

Step 2: Place granola pieces along with the other ingredients into a sealable plastic bag or in an airtight container with a lid.

Step 3: Shake it up!

How easy is that? You’ve got yourself such a delicious snack to take to work, take on a hike, or just munch on whenever.

Some people might get a little weirded out at the mention of the Gerber Fruit Puffs just because they’re considered to be baby food. Believe me, I was a little apprehensive at first. But then when I tried them, I absolutely loved their flavor (and their low calories). You could really just eat those for a snack if you wanted to.

And what’s the calorie count? 110 calories per 3/4 cup. Not bad for a snack with such big flavor.

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