Hungry Girl: Lose Weight with This Giant Pasta Bowl!

03/24/2014 at 01:26 PM ET

Hungry Girl Diet Chicken Girlfredo
Courtesy Hungry Girl

Lisa Lillien is the author of the popular Hungry Girl website and email newsletter, featuring smart, funny advice on guilt-free eating. She is also the author of eight Hungry Girl cookbooks, five of which debuted at number one on the New York Times Best Sellers list. Read her blog every Monday for slimmed-down celebrity recipes and more.

It seems like celebs love pasta (almost!) as much as I do. Reese Witherspoon, Drew Barrymore and Cameron Diaz had a bona fide pasta party during a recent trip to Napa; Madonna served saucy penne at her post-Oscars party; and Selena Gomez admits she loves “greasy pasta.”

And who wouldn’t want to drop pounds while eating huge servings of noodles? How to do just that is just one of the secrets I share in my new book, The Hungry Girl Diet, a diet plan designed to take the guesswork out of weight loss.

The book, out March 25, is full of delicious recipes — and I want to share an exclusive sneak peek with PEOPLE readers. I’m spilling the recipe for my Chicken Hungry Girlfredo Bowl, a spin on chicken Alfredo that’s a great example of all the things I love about the meals and snacks in this book:

Smart Swaps. This recipe calls for Tofu Shirataki, an amazing noodle alternative with only 20 calories per serving! It also features a DIY Alfredo sauce made with light spreadable cheese wedges, saving you tons of fatty calories.

Large Portions. With a double portion of creamy noodles, tons of chicken and a boatload of steamed veggies, this is one huge meal.

Flexibility. If Tofu Shirataki’s not for you, the book contains an alternate version of this recipe that calls for steamed broccoli cole slaw — another great pasta swap!

So easy: The recipe calls for only a few ingredients, and the dish is ready in minutes.

‘Til next time… Chew the right thing!

Chicken Hungry Girlfredo Bowl
Serves 1

1 bag House Foods Tofu Shirataki Fettuccine Shaped Noodle Substitute (find it in the fridge section, near the traditional tofu)
2 tbsp. light sour cream
2 wedges The Laughing Cow Light Creamy Swiss
4 oz. cooked skinless chicken breast, chopped or sliced
1½ cups steamed broccoli, cauliflower, Brussels sprouts, carrots and/or asparagus
Optional seasonings: garlic powder, paprika

1. Use a strainer to rinse and drain noodles. Thoroughly pat dry. Roughly cut noodles.

2. Bring a skillet sprayed with nonstick spray to medium heat. Add all ingredients except chicken and veggies, breaking the cheese wedges into pieces. Cook and stir until cheese has melted, mixed with sour cream and coated noodles, 2-3 minutes.

3. Top with chicken and steamed veggies (or serve veggies on the side).

In 1 serving (entire recipe): 340 calories, 8.5g fat, 693mg sodium, 24.5g carbs, 10.5g fiber, 10g sugars, 41g protein

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On a clear day, you can see forever—or at least that’s the wicked thought behind L.A. designer Agi Berliner’s transparent idea: see-through jeans. Exhibitionists notwithstanding, most folks wear them over bathing suits or as attention-getting evening wear with halters, garter belts and body stockings. Created for the disco crowd, the $34 jeans are selling like, well, hot pants. In just six weeks, 25,000 pairs have already been sold in such major department store chains as Macy’s, Bonwit’s and Saks.

“What’s limiting American designers is that we’re afraid to do something different,” says Berliner, 32, a Hungarian émigré who fled with her family to the U.S. in 1956. Agi thought up the gimmick in London while marveling at the way plastics were being employed by designers of punk fashion. In her L.A. office, where she designs for La Parisienne junior sportswear, Agi spent five days on the phone and six weeks testing to come up with the right plastic.

Agi herself tried out the French-cut jeans with the zipper in front, and quickly found several problems: Some plastics tore away from stitching, others wouldn’t bend and all fogged with perspiration. The ideal material proved to be a vinyl supplied by a bookbinder. The steam was eliminated with a series of vents behind the knees and in the crotch. “They’re no hotter than polyester pants,” claims Agi, “and if you wear them with tights, they won’t stick to your legs.”

Whatever the discomfort and despite the problem of Saturday night feverishness, discomaniacs report one major advantage of the plastic pants: no laundry bills. To keep Berliner’s see-through jeans clear, all the wearer needs is a little Windex.

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Charlene Stuart on

How do you get past the smell of those fake pastas?

jamie on

I can never find those noodles? What grocery stores have them?

NJMom on

Those shirataki noodles are awful!! They taste and feel like rubber, and they have a fishy odor even if you rinse them first. She is a paid spokesperson for the company, and her picture is on the package, which is the only reason she’s posting recipes with that as an ingredient. You’re better off trying gluten free pasta, or use the real thing, just less of it and more veggies. Use angel hair pasta instead of fettucine–it plumps up better and a little goes a long way.

Anonymous on

those noodles are disgusting. I’d rather go without, altogether and then have some real pasta once every few weeks. There just are NO substitutes for certain thiings.

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