Sunday, March 18, 2012

Skinny Baked Onion Rings

So I just love onion rings. I definately have a couple of favorite places to buy them and they are greasy and heavenly. Well, I need to leave the greasy yumminess alone and concentrate on weight loss. I found this recipe on a blog called Skinnytaste and it is really really good. It takes a little forethought and you can enjoy a big plate of these for not very many points. Try it out. It's a great little recipe.

Cut the onion into rings. Separate them and put them in the buttermilk. Let them soak for 1-2 hours in the refrigerator.

Dip the coated onion rings in the bread crumbs and place on a parchment or foil lined and sprayed cookie sheet. Spray the onion rings with baking spray or use a Misto with olive oil if you have one. Bake at 450 degrees for about 12 minutes. (Note: I think next time I make these, I might add just a little salt to the crumb mixture. I just thought they need a bit of salt) Serve them right up and completely devour them. Yummy!!!!

You know, when you are trying to lose weight but love to eat fatty stuff like onion rings, this is a really great recipe that helps to curb that craving. Give it a try. It's a tiny little bit of work but worth it.

Low Fat Baked Onion Rings
Adapted from Life as a Lofthouse
Gina's Weight Watcher Recipes
Servings: 2 • Serving Size: 1/2 • Old Points: 1 pt • Points+: 2 pt
Calories: 74.7 • Fat: 0.6 g • Carb: 14.7 g • Fiber: 1.6 g • Sugar: 1.7 g • Protein: 2.9 g

• 1 medium onion, sliced into 1/4 inch rings
• 2 1/4 cups low fat buttermilk
• 1/2 cup panko bread crumbs
• 1/4 cup Italian seasoned whole wheat bread crumbs
• 1/4 cup crushed corn flake crumbs
• salt to taste
• olive oil baking spray (I used my Misto )
Place slices of onion in a shallow dish. Pour the buttermilk over the top and let them soak for about 1 - 2 hours, refrigerated.

Preheat oven to 450 degrees. Line baking sheet with parchment paper or foil.

Combine panko, bread crumbs and corn flakes and place half of the crumbs in a large dish, season with salt. Reserve the rest for when the first batch is used up. This should help avoid clumping and they should stick better to the onions.

Dip each soaked onion ring into the crumb mixture; coat well. Place rings onto two cookie sheets. Lightly spray with oil. Bake about 12 minutes or until golden brown. Serve immediately

Thursday, March 8, 2012

Spicy Oven Fries

I have loved making baked fries for my Weight Watchers diet. These are a spicy version of baked fries. As I mixed the spices together, I thought I might not like them very much-maybe too spicy. Actually, these turned out really good and very tasty. Try em. I think you'll like em!

After I cut the fries, I let them sit in cold water. They get rid of some of the starch that way. I then rinsed them really well and spread them out on a clean towel to dry them. Make sure you dry them well.

beat the egg whites just a bit and add your spices in a bowl or container that you can add the fries and stir so that they are well coated.

I put the fries in a gallon zip loc bag and added the egg whites. I just mushed them around in the bag and they coated really well. Next just put them in the seasonings and mix until they are all coated. I put them on a sprayed cookie sheet but part way through the baking I did add just 1 tsp. of olive oil. They were a little dry and I figured I could use some healthy oil to make the difference. If you are watching your fat intake, just use your misto or a little olive oil.

Well, here they are in all their yumminess. Give them a try! They are tasty and more healthy and satisfy the craving. Happy Eating!

Spicy Oven Fries

8 medium potatoes
2 egg whites
1 /12 tsp chili powder
1 1/2 tsp cumin
1 1/4 tsp paprika
2 tsp Italian seasoning
1 1/2 tsp salt

preheat the oven to 430 F (220 C).

Bakefor about 40 minutes or until tender and golden brown.

Friday, March 2, 2012

Cream of "SOMETHING" Soup - 3 points for the whole "can"

So how fun is Pinterst? This amazing recipe was there and then my daughter made it up and kept telling my how good it is. So here it is. It fits right into Weight Watchers and is opening new doors to my cooking. (I know, that's a little dramatic-but true). I used chicken boullion but you really could use any kind you like. In fact, make up a couple of different kinds just to have on hand. I hope you dieters will love love love this recipe-it really is YUMMY!

Mix everything together and store in an airtight container. I doubled the recipe so I wouldn't have to make it so often. YUMMY!

So I wanted to make up a batch of the soup so you could see it. It is fabulous!!! 1/3 cup makes the equivilant of 1 can of soup and the best thing is that I fed it into my Weight Watchers recipe builder and for this whole "can" of soup there are just 3, count them, 3 points. That means all of our favorite comfort foods are no longer completely taboo. Use your imagination and make up something you love. Good luck! and ENJOY!!!!

Cream of "something" soup recipe

1 cup non-fat dried milk
3/4 cup cornstarch
1/4 cup bouillon (if you have cubes you have to smash them up)
You can use whatever kind you like (ie, beef, veggie)
4 Tablespoons freeze dried minced onions (I used the minced onions from Sam's Club)
1 teaspoon dried basil
1 teaspoon dried thyme (I couldn't find the thyme so I used dried parsley instead)
1 teaspoon pepper

(For the equivalent of one can of condensed cream soup, mix 1/3 cup dry mix with 1 1/4 cup water. Cook until thick)