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Good-for-Him (And You!) Recipe: Bangin’ Buffalo Chicken Tenders

When your BFB wants wings, whip up this super-simple, crowd-pleasing recipe from the book instead. It’ll be ready in half the time it takes for delivery—and save you at least half the calories, too!

1 lb. boneless skinless chicken tenders
1 bottle (12 oz.) Louisiana hot sauce
1 teaspoon paprika
1 teaspoon ground hot peppers

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Rinse chicken with water and cut off any last bits of fat. Cut into thin, one-inch strips. Lay in shallow glass baking dish. Pour hot sauce over chicken until covered. Add paprika and peppers. Move chicken around until spices are mixed throughout. Place in oven for about 15 - 20 minutes or until chicken is thoroughly cooked. Serve with celery sticks and fat-free Ranch or Blue Cheese dressing. Serves 4-6

BFB Real-Life Story: Carrie, 30

Carrie, 30, does just fine eating healthy . . . until the love of her life comes home with enough junk to sink any well-rounded diet.

“The man goes through a family-sized bag of Cheetos every week,” says Carrie. “I have great self-control if bad food is not in the house. But when he picks up a tube of cookie dough on his way home from work — which I have to bake, because he’ll burn them — how can I resist? One cookie turns into four. Then he breaks out the Cheetos and I figure ‘Hey, I already ate four cookies, what’s a handful of Cheetos going to do to me?’” Carrie tries to do the most of the shopping, but even on the rare occasion that her man makes it to the store, the damage he does in one round can have her snacking for days to come. “He buys Pop-Tarts, Cheetos, and cookies. All kinds of cookies. Then he’ll eat a few and leave the open bag on the kitchen counter — like I’m supposed to just walk past those.”

Good-for-Him (And You!) Recipe: So Sweet Potato Fries

So Sweet Potato Fries
Serves 2

1 large sweet potato
1/2 teaspoon salt
2 teaspoons sugar or stevia
1 teaspoon cinnamon
Canola cooking spray

Preheat oven to 425°F. Wash sweet potato with soap and water. Rinse thoroughly. Mix salt, cinnamon, and sugar in a small bowl. Set aside. Cut sweet potato in half lengthwise and then cut into fry-length wedges. Place wedges in large bowl. Spray generously with high-heat canola cooking spray, tossing wedges until evenly coated. Toss again with spice mixture, making sure all wedges are coated. Place wedges on greased baking sheet, spreading out evenly. Spray wedges again with canola spray. Bake in oven 20–25 minutes or until done. Serve immediately.

BFB Real-Life Story: Avantika, 28

Your BFB doesn’t have to be fat in order to make it way too easy for you to gain weight. Avantika, 28, found out that even though her man’s slim and healthy, he can still weigh her down if she’s not careful.

“He eats constantly,” says Avantika, who has been with her now-fiancé for the past three years. “He can’t go more than one hour without getting hungry for another snack or meal.” Her soon-to-be hubby is also incredibly fit and exercises almost daily, which means he eats as much as he wants as often as he wants, without gaining weight. “I have to remind myself that, even though I work out, I have nowhere near the caloric requirements that he does,” says Avantika, recalling her initial five-pound gain when they first started dating.

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