These three recipes are some of the most beloved in Hungry Girl history. But having made them about a BAZILLION times since their respective debuts, we've discovered little tips, tricks, and tweaks that we think are worth sharing. Because we like you!
Bake-tastic Butternut Squash Fries 2.0
PER SERVING (1/2 of recipe): 125 calories, <0.5g fat, 158mg sodium, 33g carbs, 5.5g fiber, 6g sugars, 3g protein -- PointsPlus® value 0*
Getting baked butternut-squash spears crispy in the oven can be a bit of a challenge. This newly improved recipe will show you the way...
Ingredients: 1 butternut squash (about 2 pounds -- large enough to yield 20 oz. once peeled & sliced) 1/8 tsp. coarse salt Optional: additional coarse salt
Directions: Preheat oven to 425 degrees.
Slice the ends off the squash, and then cut it in half widthwise. Peel squash with a vegetable peeler or carefully with a knife. Cut the round bottom piece in half lengthwise and remove seeds.
Using a crinkle cutter or a knife, carefully cut squash into spears/French-fry shapes. (For exact nutritionals, measure out and use 20 oz.) Pat spears firmly with paper towels to absorb excess moisture. Sprinkle evenly with salt.
Lay spears out on a layer of paper towels, and let stand for at least 5 minutes, to allow the salt to draw out any excess moisture. Then pat with paper towels again. If you like, sprinkle with additional salt.
Spray a broiler pan, a baking rack placed over a baking sheet, or a baking sheet with nonstick spray, and then lay spears flat on it. (Use two pieces of bakeware, if needed.)
Bake in the oven for 20 minutes, and then carefully flip spears. Bake for about 20 minutes longer, until tender on the inside and crispy on the outside. Enjoy!
MAKES 2 SERVINGS
Lord of the Onion Rings 2.0
PER SERVING (entire recipe): 155 calories, 1g fat, 515mg sodium, 41g carbs, 16g fiber, 7g sugars, 9g protein -- PointsPlus® value 4*
Originally, we were pretty laid back about the amount of spices in this recipe. These days, we're not taking any chances. No one likes under-seasoned onion rings...
Ingredients: 1 large onion 1/2 cup Fiber One Original bran cereal 1/2 cup fat-free liquid egg substitute (like Egg Beaters Original) 1/4 tsp. garlic powder, or more to taste 1/8 tsp. onion powder, or more to taste 1/8 tsp. salt, or more to taste Black pepper, to taste
Directions: Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
Slice the ends off the onion and remove its outer layer. Cut onion into 1/2-inch-wide slices, and separate into rings. Set aside.
Using a blender or food processor, grind Fiber One to a breadcrumb-like consistency. Season the crumbs with spices and transfer to a plate.
Fill a small bowl with egg substitute. Prepare a baking sheet (or two, if you have a lot of rings) by spraying with nonstick spray. Set aside.
Pop-Up Tip! For this next step, try using tongs or a fork to dip the rings into the egg substitute and cereal crumbs -- it'll keep your fingers from getting eggy & crumb-covered. (Don't pierce the rings with the fork; just balance them on it.)
One at a time, dunk each ring in egg substitute, give it a shake to remove any excess, and then coat it in the seasoned crumbs. Evenly place rings on the baking sheet(s).
Bake in the oven for 20 - 25 minutes, carefully flipping rings over about halfway through. Enjoy!
MAKES 1 SERVING
HG FYI! You'll only need about 1/4 cup egg substitute to coat your rings, but using 1/2 cup makes it soooo much easier.
Fettuccine Hungry Girlfredo 2.0
PER SERVING (entire recipe): 99 calories, 4g fat, 376mg sodium, 9.5g carbs, 4g fiber, 1g sugars, 5.5g protein -- PointsPlus® value 2*
Honesty time! While the original recipe calls for half a cheese wedge, we pretty much NEVER do that anymore. Plus we've included some top-notch Tofu Shirataki tips here...
Directions: Use a strainer to rinse and drain shirataki noodles well. Pat dry. In a microwave-safe bowl, microwave for 1 minute. Drain excess liquid. Dry as thoroughly as possible, using paper towels. Cut noodles up a bit, using kitchen shears if you've got 'em.
Add sour cream, grated topping, and cheese wedge, breaking cheese wedge into pieces as you add it. Microwave for 1 minute.
Stir well and then season to taste with salt and pepper. Enjoy!
CHEW ON THIS: December is Noodle Ring Month. Today's recipes feature both noodles and rings. You choose...
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