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As stated in my last post, the family and I decided to drive to New Jersey on Wednesday and attend the Hungry Girl book signing at the Woodbridge Wegmans.    I could write an entire post on how much I love that store and how I wish we had one near us, but that’s for another day.  😉  Lisa Lillien just came out with her new Hungry Girl Diet book. This book is about taking her recipes and using to jump start your weight loss.  One thing I really like about her is that she will sign ANY of her books at a signing.  Some people won’t do that or they might only do that if you buy a book at that location.  She is so down to earth and friendly.  I really respect her for that.

I had been to other Hungry Girl book signings so I basically knew what to expect.  Wegmans really had it down to a science.  They gave everyone a gift bag as soon as we got upstairs to the cafe area.  Then you were given a card with a letter, telling you that you would get your book signed when your letter was called. I was a ‘C.’  Wegmans employees also handed out raffle tickets to everyone before they told you to have a seat and that Lisa would be out shortly.  Everyone was so friendly.  My husband decided to look around the grocery store part with our kids, while I was upstairs, in other to avoid a meltdown.  It was already pretty crowded so I chose a chair in the corner, by myself and decided to look in my gift bag.  The gift bag alone was worth the trip!  It included a ton of samples and free coupons!

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After a few minutes, I was joined by a wonderful lady who also arrived solo.  She sat next to me and we became fast friends.  It was so nice to spend the time talking to someone who was in the same boat and attended Weight Watchers, been a stay-at-home mom/worked part-time, etc.  Needless to say, we didn’t run out of things to talk about!  She even won a door prize!  We weren’t in the same group to get our book signed so after we tried the available samples and had a nice chat, we bid each other adieu.

I decided to wear my HG 200 under 200 tour t-shirt because you could only win them in 2009 and you had to go to a book signing to get one.  I thought Lisa would get a kick out of seeing it.  I also decided to get my book signed to the whole family.  When I stepped up to get it signed, Lisa’s agent (I think that’s who she was) saw my t-shirt and was so impressed that SHE wanted to take my picture too!  It gets better…Lisa Lillien knew who I was! She knew my name and said she remembered my social media posts to Hungry Girl!  The night couldn’t get any better!

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I also met Charlie from Starkist Tuna.

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I talked to Lisa about maybe doing a book signing in Delaware.  She is such a nice, inviting person!  I would make the drive for her again in a heartbeat.  But I also hope the she will consider Delaware.  😉
If you ever get a chance to attend a Hungry Girl book signing, I suggest you do so.  You won’t be disappointed.  They are so much fun!  Pick up one of her books too.  She makes it easier to live a healthy lifestyle.  Her recipes have helped me lose over 45 pounds.  They add variety to your diet and make you forget that you are eating healthy food.  Her recipes have larger portion sizes by bulking up veggies and proteins.  I can’t wait to read and follow her new book!  My husband got to eat at White Castle on the way home too, so everyone had a great day.

You can follow Hungry Girl (Lisa Lillien) on:

Twitter: Here!

Facebook: Here!

Online: Here!

Have you read any of her books?  Have you ever been to a book signing?

Disclaimer: This is not a sponsored post.  I just love Hungry Girl and her books!  All comments/opinions are my own.

 

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Ever have one of those days where you want to just throw up your hands and say, “Forget it!  Let’s order pizza?’  I call those ‘weekdays!’  But seriously, I have a super easy recipe for Chicken Pot Pie that I make all the time.  Now, I originally found this recipe from Hungry Girl.  She has a new book come out today, The Hungry Girl Diet, and I pre-ordered my copy!  In fact, we like her so much that I have five of her eleven books (two of which are signed).  Tomorrow, she is doing a book signing in Woodbridge, New Jersey and I’m packing up the family for a road trip.

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She is a Jill of all trades, with a newsletter, books, recipe cards, television show and more.  She specializes in turning not-so-healthy recipes into healthier ones.  My sister and I have tried dozens of her recipes and we love them.  This recipe is so easy because I just use whatever I have on hand.  I ALWAYS make it when we have leftover rotisserie chicken or after Thanksgiving (as a turkey pot pie).  The original recipe can be found here.

My version takes the basics and then just adds whatever I have in my kitchen.  You’ll see:

Chicken Pot Pie

2 cups diced, cooked chicken

1.5 cups mixed frozen vegetables, cooked (the peas, corn and carrots mix, ideally)

1 can condensed Cream of Celery soup (I use the low fat, low sodium version)

1 ready made pie crust (I got six for $2 the other day!)

1 diced, cooked potato (If you have it.  I only use it if I have leftovers needing to eaten)

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Preheat the oven to 400 degrees.  Grease your pie plate with cooking spray.

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Mix all your ingredients besides the pie crust and season that bad boy with some salt and pepper, even some parsley if you’re feeling fancy.  Spread into the pie crust.  If it’s too thick, add a little water.  You want it to be gravy-like.  Put the pie crust on top and pinch the edges.  Put a slit in the top and pop it in the oven for 30-40 minutes, or until browned.

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That’s it!  It’s one of our favorites and it’s insanely easy to make. I only use one pie crust in order to save calories but you could use two if you like. Try it when you’re pressed for time or you have stuff in the fridge that you want to use.  You’ll save money (by not ordering takeout), calories (by using the low fat version of the soup & one crust) and you won’t waste your leftover food! Everyone wins!  So, what’s your go-to meal when you’re in a hurry?

 

Disclaimer:  This post was not sponsored.  I just really like Hungry Girl and I wanted to include her in here and give her credit for her version of the recipe.  🙂  All comments and opinions are my own.

 

I don’t know about you but when I’m in the grocery store, I ALWAYS look at the reduced, day-old bread.  It’s so cheap and versatile.  I usually pick up at least one item and use it in my meal plan for that week.  For instance, last time they had a pizza crust with sauce included for $1.50!  I added cheese  and a bagged salad that I already had in my fridge and a quick, frugal meal was born!  Another great meal idea is to buy a loaf of french bread off the quick sale rack and make French Toast!  It doesn’t get much cheaper than that since 90% of you probably already have eggs, milk and syrup.  The other day, I picked up a pack of day old sub rolls.  Imagine the possibilities!  I was going to milk those babies for as long as I could!  And I did.  We used them for sandwiches and hot dogs before I made these meatball subs.  They were so delicious and easy.  The leftovers were amazing as well.

 

 

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Mother of the year, here with french fries.  We had a veggie too but the plate was too full in this pic.   Plus they were baked! 😉

Meatball Subs

1/2 bag of store bought meatballs (just buy what’s on sale!)

1/2 bag of mozzarella cheese

1/2 bag of sub rolls

Jar of spaghetti sauce

Parmesan cheese

Italian blend, garlic powder & s/p to season

 

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.  Meanwhile, cut your rolls in half and sprinkle with cheeses and spices on a baking sheet.

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Heat your meatballs up in a crock pot all day with the sauce, on low (suggested) or you can heat both in a pot on the stove.  Bake your bread in the oven for about 10 minutes or until nice and toasty.

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Evenly distribute your meatballs between your rolls and put more sauce on top.  Then add more of the cheeses.  Bake in the oven for about another 10-15 minutes or until the cheese browns.  Enjoy!

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Do you have any ideas for day old bread?  Do you shop the quick sale racks?  I love getting creative and I would love to hear your opinions!

The kids and I have been pretty sick with some type of stomach thing lately.  My husband has managed to thankfully dodge it.  Needless to say, we have been washing our hands like crazy and disinfecting everything we come in contact with.

To me, hand soap is a necessary expense but not always a cost-effective one.  Years ago, I wrote about how you can make your own, using any bar soap.  I love this recipe because it makes a ton of soap and it’s so cheap!  This is a repost from my old blog but I thought it was a good one, especially during cold and flu season.  What I like is that you can use some fancy soap that you bought at Marshall’s on clearance or use all those little soaps that you get from hotels!  People will never know the difference.  So start stocking up on containers and give this a try.  The link is at the bottom of the post.

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Homemade Hand Soap