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Updated December 08, 2020 01:17 PM
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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 nine books, six of which debuted at number one on the New York Times Best Sellers list. Read her PEOPLE.com blog every Monday for slimmed-down celebrity recipes and more.

These “hot couples” don’t initially make a lot of sense — same goes for some celeb couples (case in point: Mary-Kate Olsen and Olivier Sarkozy, half brother of former French President Nicolas Sarkozy). But just as the heart wants what it wants, sometimes the stomach wants what it wants too…

Devil’s Food Cake Mix + Canned Pumpkin

If you’re a Hungry Girl fan, you probably know where I’m going with this. Just combine a box of the cake mix with a 15-ounce can of pure pumpkin (not pumpkin pie mix) into a thick batter — don’t add anything else — and spoon it into the cups of a 12-cup muffin pan (lined or sprayed with nonstick spray). Bake at 400 degrees about 20 minutes, until a toothpick inserted into a muffin comes out clean. It tastes nothing like pumpkin and everything like fudgy deliciousness! And only 181 calories and 3.5g fat each.

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Taco Seasoning + Salmon

I love using premixed seasoning packets in unconventional ways. It’s common to use taco seasoning with ground meat; why not use it to flavor up a salmon fillet? Just sprinkle 1 teaspoon of the seasoning on a 4-ounce fillet, and grill your salmon for about 4 minutes per side. So easy, and it tastes incredible. That’ll have 192 calories and 9g fat — don’t forget how full of those good healthy fats salmon is!

The Laughing Cow Light Cheese + Extra-Lean Ground Beef

Is it insensitive that I’m about to suggest stuffing something labeled “Laughing Cow” into a ball of beef? Well, get over it, ‘cuz it’s delicious! Just season 4 ounces of the meat, and separate into two thin round patties. Top one patty with the cheese (spread it out slightly), followed by the other patty. Seal the edges of the patties together, enclosing the cheese. Then grill until cooked to your preference. So good, and only 180 calories and 6.5g fat.

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Mini Fillo Shells + Snickers

Who would think to pair a fancy dessert base with a common candy bar? Ummm, ME! Prepare to have your mind blown: Slice a standard 2.1-oz. Snickers bar in half lengthwise, and then cut each half into 5 “nuggets.” Place each nugget in a frozen mini fillo shell. Set those on a baking sheet, and bake at 350 degrees until hot and melty, about 10 minutes. Let ’em cool and set, and you’ve got adorably delicious Snickers pies! Best part? Only around 42 calories and 2g fat each!

‘Til next time… Chew the right thing!