Eat Like Oprah! Hungry Girl Lightens Up One of O’s Favorite Dishes: Chicken Pot Pie

06/15/2015 at 11:58 AM ET

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Courtesy Lisa Lillien

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 ten best-selling 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.

There’s a reason that an endorsement from Oprah is basically a golden ticket. She’s kind of the ultimate role model, and who doesn’t wanna live like O? The big boss at Harpo is known for promoting better living, but everybody has their comfort-food weaknesses. And one of Oprah’s favorite foods is chicken pot pie. As it should be — the creamy, savory, pastry-topped dish is too good to just ignore. But regular chicken pot pie recipes can get way out of hand in terms of calories and fat. Well, I’ve got a great recipe for minis that are portion controlled and lightened up. This recipe serves six, so best dial up some gal pals…

‘Til next time… Chew the right thing!

Hungry Girl’s Mini Chicken Pot Pies
Makes 6 servings

3 cups frozen petite mixed vegetables
12 oz. raw boneless skinless chicken breast cutlets, pounded to 1/2-inch thickness
½ tsp. salt-free seasoning mix (like the kinds by Mrs. Dash)
2 10.75-oz. cans 98% fat-free cream of mushroom condensed soup
1 tsp. chopped garlic
1 package refrigerated Pillsbury Crescent Recipe Creations Seamless Dough Sheet (or HG Alternative)

1. Preheat oven to 375°F. Spray six 8-oz. ramekins (each about 3 ½” in diameter) with nonstick spray, and place on a large baking sheet.

2. Place vegetables in a large microwave-safe bowl. Cover and microwave for 3 minutes, or until veggies are warm.

3. Meanwhile, bring a large skillet sprayed with nonstick spray to medium heat. Cook chicken for about 5 minutes per side, until cooked through.

4. Roughly chop chicken, and add to the large bowl. Sprinkle with seasoning mix.

5. Add soup and garlic, and gently mix. Evenly distribute mixture among ramekins.

6. Roll out dough into a large rectangle of even thickness, about 12″ x 8″. Evenly cut dough into 6 squares, each about 4″ x 4″.

7. Lay a piece of dough over each ramekin, press along the outside edges, and cut a slit to let steam escape.

8. Bake until dough is firm and golden brown and filling is hot, about 14 minutes.

HG Alternative: If you can’t find the Recipe Creations dough, go for Pillsbury 90 Calorie Reduced Fat Crescent roll dough. (The products are nearly identical.) Then firmly pinch/seal up the perforations for a seamless sheet.

Nutritional information: ⅙th of recipe (1 pie): 281 calories, 8.5g fat, 930mg sodium, 30.5g carbs, 2.5g fiber, 6g sugars, 17.5g 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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