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Hungry Girl Today: 12.1.09



HG's Crispy-licious Faux-Fried Frenzy

Stacked & Flavor-Packed
There's no excuse for super-greasy deep-fried foods when you've got a box
of Fiber One and a blender handy. Thanks to HG subscriber Linda for
inspiring us with her easy onion-string idea -- you rock, L!

1 cup Fiber One bran cereal (original)
1/2 tsp. seasoned salt (like the kind by Lawry's)
1/4 tsp. garlic powder
1/8 tsp. black pepper
1 jumbo sweet onion
5 fresh jalapeno peppers
1/2 cup fat-free liquid egg substitute (like Egg Beaters Original)
3 tbsp. fat-free ranch dressing
3 tbsp. fat-free sour cream
1 1/2 tsp. green pepper sauce (like the kind by Tabasco)

Preheat oven to 375 degrees.

In a blender or food processor, grind cereal to a breadcrumb-like
consistency. Pour crumbs into a plastic container with an airtight lid or a
large sealable plastic bag. Add seasoned salt, garlic powder, and black
pepper. Cover container/seal bag and shake to mix thoroughly. Set aside.

Slice the ends off the onion and remove the outer layer. Cut onion in half,
and slice into very thin strips. Separate individual pieces and place in a large
bowl. Set aside.

Handling the jalapenos carefully (wash your hands often -- or wear gloves --
and don't touch your eyes), slice off the tops. Cut jalapenos into rings, and
then remove the seeds (or don't, if you like things really spicy).

Add jalapenos to the bowl with the onion, and cover the veggies with egg
substitute. Toss to coat, and then drain excess egg substitute.

Transfer the eggy veggies to the container/bag with the cereal crumbs.
Cover/seal and shake until veggies are coated with the crumb mixture.
(They may not be perfectly coated -- this is OK.)

Spray a large baking sheet (use two, if needed) with nonstick spray, and
spread out crumb-coated veggies on the sheet. Mist the veggies with
nonstick spray.

Bake in the oven until crispy, about 17 - 20 minutes, and then allow to cool
slightly. Meanwhile, combine ranch dressing, sour cream, and green pepper
sauce in a small bowl, and mix well.

Plate your crunchy goodies and dunk them into the creamy sauce. YUM!


Serving Size: 1/3rd of recipe (1 1/3 cups crispy veggies plus 2 tbsp. sauce)
Calories: 175
Fat: 1.25g
Sodium: 612mg
Carbs: 43g
Fiber: 12g
Sugars: 11.5g
Protein: 8.5g

POINTS® value 3*

Chili's Onion String & Crispy Jalapeno Stack w/ Jalapeno Ranch

A Hot Mess!
Those people at Chili's are obsessed with deep-frying, a concept that seems
SO twenty years ago to us. (Come on!) And this INSANE pile of fried stuff fits
right in with the rest of the calorie-crazy apps that reside on the popular
restaurant chain's menu. The kooky stack packs in 1,030 calories and nearly
90 grams of fat! You'd have to eat more than two FULL BATCHES of our swap
to take in that many calories. And we do NOT recommend that. What we DO
recommend is slicing some onions nice 'n thin, cutting up a bunch of
jalapenos (without touching your eyes -- we learned that the hard way!), and
coating it all in a wonderful, super-seasoned, fiber-licious mix. Then faux-fry
it, baby! Between this recipe, our Quesadilla Blast Salad, and our Best of My
Lava Chocolate Cake, you may never eat at Chili's again! (Alright, maybe
you will. But if you do, you probably should order off the Guiltless Grill

Serving Size: 1/3rd of an order
Calories: 343
Fat: 29g
Sodium: 596mg
Carbs: 16g
Fiber: 2g
Sugars: n.a.
Protein: 2.5g

POINTS® value 9*

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Today, the first day of December, is Eat a Red Apple Day. We're not gonna
mess with perfection. Eat an apple. And make it a red one.

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*The Points® values for these products and/or recipes were calculated by
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or its manufacturer or developer by Weight Watchers International, Inc., the
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