Hungry Girl: Presenting the Bacon-Cornbread Muffins That Won’t Wreck Your Summer Diet

07/28/2014 at 04:22 PM ET

Hungry Girl's healthy cornbread
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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 nine books, six 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.

Being the grande dame of Duck Dynasty, Kay Robertson (a.k.a. Miss Kay) knows plenty about down-home living (despite the meteoric rise of the Robertson family). The reality TV star and mother of four loves to cook. Last year, she even released her own cookbook, Miss Kay’s Duck Commander Kitchen, full of Southern faves.

Fun fact: On the show, Kay has stated her belief that eating squirrel brains makes a person smart. Now, I’m an adventurous eater — but when playing around with Robertson’s recipes in the kitchen this week, I decided to go with something a little more tame.

Cornbread is delicious and a definite home-cooking staple, and Kay’s spiced-up, bacon-topped Mexican Cornbread recipe is great. But if you’re watching fat and calories, try my guilt-free spin, made in a muffin pan for built-in portion control. The results? Ducking unbelievable!

‘Til next time… Chew the right thing!

HG’s Baconed-Up Cornbread Muffins
Makes 12

1 cup all-purpose flour
¾ cup yellow cornmeal
1/2 cup granulated white sugar
1 tbsp. baking powder
¼ tsp. salt
1½ cups canned cream-style corn
¾ cup fat-free liquid egg substitute
¾ cup fat-free plain Greek yogurt
1 tbsp. diced jalapeños (fresh or canned and drained)
1 cup shredded reduced-fat cheddar cheese
¼ cup precooked real crumbled bacon

1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Line a 12-cup muffin pan with foil baking cups, or spray it with nonstick spray.

2. In a large bowl, mix flour, cornmeal, sugar, baking powder and salt.

3. In a medium bowl, thoroughly mix cream-style corn, egg substitute, yogurt, jalapeños and cheese. Transfer contents to the large bowl, and stir well.

4. Evenly distribute batter among the lined or sprayed cups of the muffin pan. Sprinkle with bacon.

5. Bake until a toothpick inserted into the center of a muffin comes out clean, 18-20 minutes. Let cool in pan for 30 minutes and enjoy.

In 1 serving (1 muffin): 174 calories, 3g fat, 442mg sodium, 28.5g carbs, 1.5g fiber, 11g sugars, 8.5g protein

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The Latest Craze in Disco Styles Is See-Through Jeans—but Beware of Foggy Bottoms
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The Latest Craze in Disco Styles Is See-Through Jeans—but Beware of Foggy Bottoms

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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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popoloveschoco on

Please have a look at my blog 🙂 thank you

Mikki Parkhill on

Not worth the 5 Weight Watcher points plus per muffin.

Sherry on

Hi HG,
I made this recipe today. And having a southern heritage we don’t put sugar in our cornbread however these were heavenly with out the sugar. I will make these again, thank you for sharing.

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