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Hungry Girl Today: 8.5.15


Hi Hungry Girl,

I'm obsessed with Wendy's Baconator Fries, but they have like 500 calories! Please tell me you've got a healthy swap for these delicious fries...

Fry Fanatic

Hi Fry Fanatic,

Those fries are everywhere! And you're right, they're a nutritional disaster: 490 calories and 28g fat (PointsPlus® value 13*). Not surprising, considering we're talking about fried potato spears topped with a mound of shredded cheese, copious amounts of bacon, and a gloppy cheese sauce. But you're in luck -- I've got a recipe for cheesy bacon fries in my cookbook HUNGRY GIRL TO THE MAX!, and today, I'm sharing that recipe (with a slight 2015 upgrade: reduced-fat cheese instead of fat-free). I love potatoes, but for this recipe, I swapped out spuds for low-calorie turnips. After all, when you're preparing to top off a dish with bacon and cheese, you want to keep the base as low in calories as possible. Plus, baked turnips make an excellent fry swap. Add a light cheese sauce and lean bacon, and you've got crave-worthy fries with less than half the calories and a small fraction of the fat...

Bacon 'n Cheese Turnip Fries
1/2 of recipe: 243 calories, 9.5g total fat (4.5g sat fat), 775mg sodium, 24g carbs, 6g fiber, 14.5g sugars, 14.5g protein -- PointsPlus® value 6* -- SmartPoints® value 5*

Prep: 10 minutes
Cook: 30 minutes

1 1/2 lbs. (about 2 medium) turnips
2 slices center-cut bacon or turkey bacon
1/4 cup light plain soymilk
2 slices reduced-fat cheddar cheese
2 wedges The Laughing Cow Light Creamy Swiss cheese
Optional seasonings: salt and black pepper
Optional topping: chopped scallions

Preheat oven to 425 degrees. Spray 2 baking sheets with nonstick spray.

Cut turnips into French-fry-shaped spears, and lay on the sheets. Bake for 15 minutes.

Flip spears. Bake until tender on the inside and crispy on the outside, about 15 more minutes.

Meanwhile, cook bacon until crispy, either in a skillet over medium heat or on a microwave-safe plate in the microwave. (See package for cook time.) Chop or crumble.

Pour soymilk into a small nonstick pot. Add cheese slices and wedges, breaking them into pieces. Bring to medium-low heat. Cook and stir until sauce is hot and uniform, 5 - 8 minutes.

Top fries with cheese sauce and chopped or crumbled bacon.


HG FYI: If made with fat-free cheese slices (as called for in TO THE MAX!), each serving will have 195 calories and 4.5g fat (PointsPlus® value 5* -- SmartPoints® value 3*).

There you have it... Enjoy!

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Today, August 5th, is National Oyster Day. A medium Pacific oyster has just 40 calories... but if you're not into shellfish, have half an ounce of oyster crackers (about 15 crackers) for around 60 calories.

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