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HG's Love Ya Latkes
HG's Love Ya Latkes

A Whole Latke Love!
You don't have to celebrate Hanukkah to appreciate these INSANELY fantastic no-guilt faux-tato pancakes. Try 'em and see!

Ingredients:
3 cups shredded butternut squash (a cheese grater works well)
1/2 cup shredded onion
1/4 cup fat-free liquid egg substitute (like Egg Beaters Original)
2 tbsp. whole-wheat flour

1/2 tsp. salt

olive oil nonstick cooking spray

Optional Toppings: fat-free sour cream and chopped scallions, unsweetened applesauce and cinnamon

Directions:
Place a large baking sheet in the oven, and preheat oven to 450 degrees.

Place shredded squash and onion on a layer of paper towels. Cover with another layer of paper towels, and press down firmly to remove all excess moisture. Repeat until squash and onion shreds are as dry as possible.

In a large mixing bowl, combine squash, onion, egg substitute, flour, and salt. Mix well.

Using oven mitts or kitchen towels, carefully remove the hot baking sheet from the oven. Cover sheet evenly with a 3-second spray of olive oil spray.

Spoon squash mixture onto the sheet in 12 evenly spaced mounds. Using the back of a spoon, flatten and spread each mound into a circle about 3 inches wide.

Carefully (remember, it's hot!) return pan to the oven and bake for 8 minutes.

Using oven mitts or kitchen towels, carefully remove sheet. Coat the top of the latkes with another 3-second spray of olive oil spray. Gently flip with a spatula.

Return to the oven and bake for approximately 10 minutes, until both sides of latkes are crispy. Serve with sour cream topped with scallions and/or applesauce topped with cinnamon!

MAKES 4 SERVINGS

Serving Size: 3 latkes (without toppings)
Calories: 84
Fat: 1g

Sodium: 324mg

Carbs: 16.5g

Fiber: 2.75g

Sugars: 3g

Protein: 3g

PointsPlus® value 2*

Latkes/Potato Pancakes, Average
Latkes/Potato Pancakes, Average

Of Oil the Nerve...
The word latke has Yiddish origins but is also related to the Greek word eladion, which means "little oily thing." And that's EXACTLY what typical latkes are. Little. Oily. Things. As delicious as they are, your average serving of homemade potato latkes typically contains more than 300 calories and 16g fat. And no, sopping up the extra oil with a paper towel doesn't save you enough fat to make it guilt-free. What do you expect from egg-covered carbs fried in oil? We know latkes are a tradition in many households this time of year, and if we didn't have an insanely good swap for you, we might tell you to go ahead and indulge. But our creation is so delicious, it just might start a NEW family tradition... low-fat latkes, and lots of 'em! Using the magic of butternut squash and olive oil cooking spray to lower the calories and fat, the results are staggeringly good. And even if you have a latke slipup and down the entire batch of twelve (hey, it happens!), you'll only take in 336 calories and 4g fat. Sounds like a nice lunch to us. Score! Butternut squash does it again... Woohoo!

Serving Size: 3 latkes (without toppings)
Calories: 308
Fat: 16g
Sodium: 674mg
Carbs: 35g
Fiber: 2.5g
Sugars: 2g
Protein: 6g

PointsPlus® value 8*

CHEW ON THIS:
Today, December 16th, is National Chocolate Covered Anything Day. Now THERE'S a day we can get behind! We're way into 100 Calorie Packs of Mister Salty Milk Chocolate Covered Pretzels. Mmmmmmm!
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*The PointsPlus® values for these products and/or recipes were calculated by Hungry Girl and are not an endorsement or approval of the product, recipe or its manufacturer or developer by Weight Watchers International, Inc., the owner of the PointsPlus® registered trademark.