Hungry Girl: Practice Portion Control With My Cornbread Stuffin’ Muffins

11/23/2015 at 12:39 PM ET

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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 ten 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.

Thanksgiving is almost here! And while I love this time of year (Hello, cozy sweaters!), the big meal on Thanksgiving isn’t without its perils. Who among us hasn’t eaten until we think we’ll explode on Turkey Day? It’s not pleasant!

These adorable stuffing muffins makes portion control a snap, but that’s not the only reason to love it. These things taste amazing! The fruit takes them to the next level. And they’re so easy to make (no shame in starting with a boxed mix. I promise!). These will be the stars of your Thanksgiving feast.

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‘Til next time… Chew the right thing!

Hungry Girl’s Cornbread Stuffin’ Muffins
Makes: 12

1 cup chopped onion
1 cup finely chopped apple
¾ cup finely chopped celery
¼ tsp. ground thyme
⅛ tsp. each salt and black pepper
1 ½ cups reduced-sodium chicken broth
1 tbsp. light whipped butter or light buttery spread
1 6-oz. box Cornbread Stuffing Mix
½ cup sweetened dried cranberries

1. Preheat oven to 375°F. Spray a 12-cup muffin pan with nonstick spray.

2. Bring a medium pot sprayed with nonstick spray to medium-high heat. Add onion, apple, celery, and seasonings. Cook and stir until slightly softened and lightly browned, 4-6 minutes.

3. Transfer mixture to a large bowl. Carefully add broth and butter to the (empty) pot, and bring to a boil. Once boiling, remove pot from heat. Add stuffing mix, veggie-apple mixture, and cranberries. Mix until liquid has been absorbed.

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4. Evenly distribute stuffing mixture among the muffin cups, gently pressing the mixture into the pan to help form the muffins. Bake until browned and slightly crisp on top, 18 – 20 minutes. Let cool for 5 minutes. Carefully remove from the pan.

Prep time: 20 minutes, plus cooling
Cook time: 30 minutes

HG Tip! Use an ice cream scoop to easily transfer mixture into the muffin cups.

Nutritional Information: 1 muffin: 85 calories, 1g total fat (0g sat fat), 18g carbs, 309mg sodium, 1.5g fiber, 6.5g sugars, 2g 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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