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Hungry Girl Today: 04.12.11
CHEW THE RIGHT THING


BITE IT!
HG's Turnip the Disco Fries

Jersey SCORE!

We took one of the least guilt-free dishes ever -- diner fries loaded with gravy and cheese -- and made it not just low in fat and calories, but amazingly delicious too! If you've never had turnips before (we only recently fell for 'em), this is a GREAT way to try them...

Ingredients:
2 medium-sized turnips (about 12 oz. each), scrubbed clean
1 medium-sized russet potato (about 12 oz.), scrubbed clean
1/8 tsp. salt
1/8 tsp. black pepper
3 slices fat-free American cheese, torn into strips
1/2 cup fat-free chicken gravy

Directions:
Preheat oven to 425 degrees. Spray a large baking sheet with nonstick spray and set aside.

Carefully cut turnips and potato into French-fry-shaped spears. Place in a single layer on the baking sheet and sprinkle evenly with salt and pepper. If needed, use a second baking sheet sprayed with nonstick spray.

Bake in the oven until tender on the inside and crispy on the outside, about 30 minutes, carefully flipping spears about halfway through. (The thicker the spears, the longer the bake time.)

Once cool enough to handle, transfer to a microwave-safe plate. Evenly top with strips of cheese. Microwave until cheese has just melted, about 20 seconds. Set aside.

In a small microwave-safe bowl, heat gravy in the microwave until hot, about 30 seconds. Give gravy a stir and serve alongside cheese fries for dipping. Enjoy!

MAKES 2 SERVINGS

Serving Size: 1/2 of recipe (1 large portion)
Calories: 284
Fat: 1g
Sodium: 1,058mg
Carbs: 58g
Fiber: 9.5g
Sugars: 15.5g
Protein: 13g

PointsPlus® value 7*

HG FYI: The recipe method of calculating PointsPlus® values counts the carbs, protein, etc., from vegetables -- even those with a value of 0*. If calculated without the turnips, this recipe has a PointsPlus® value of 5* per serving.




FIGHT IT!
Disco Fries, Average

Disco Is Dead

There are many variations of cheese fries, but today we're tackling the New Jersey diner classic known as disco fries. For those not in the know, disco fries are the love child of cheese-covered and gravy-smothered fries. (Yup, it's similar to the French-Canadian dish poutine.) And as one might assume, this dish of deep-fried potatoes isn't exactly the most diet-friendly on a greasy spoon's menu. Even if you're sharing an order, the stats are pretty much guaranteed to be out of control. Stay safe and make our version at home. It requires some scrubbing and slicing, but once you taste the result, we think you'll agree that it's worth it. "HG, you really made fries using TURNIPS??" Yes, potatoes too. And they're amazing -- if you like the taste of cabbage even a little (and we do), you'll LOVE turnip fries. It's enough to make you wanna put on some platform shoes and DANCE...

Serving Size: 1 large portion
Calories: 775
Fat: 40g
Sodium: 1,600mg
Carbs: 81g
Fiber: 7g
Sugars: 2g
Protein: 22g

PointsPlus® value 21*




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