All-Natural Crispy Zucchini Fries and Clean & Hungry Onion Rings Recipes

Apr 14 2016
Love classic junk food like French fries and onion rings, but not all the calories and unhealthy ingredients that come with 'em? Good news! These recipes are all-natural and under 200 calories...

Hungry Girl's Healthy Crispy Zucchini Fries Recipe

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1/2 of recipe (about 20 fries): 114 calories, 1g total fat (0g sat fat), 359mg sodium, 21.5g carbs, 4g fiber, 6.5g sugars, 6.5g protein

SmartPoints®
value 2*

Don't be fooled by the fried-zucchini appetizer on restaurant menus. It may be veggie based, but it's a nutritional nightmare. These crispy fries, on the other hand, are what dreams are made of...

Prep: 15 minutes
Cook: 20 minutes

Ingredients:

14 oz. (about 2 medium) zucchini, ends removed

1/4 cup egg whites (about 2 large eggs' worth)

1/2 cup whole-wheat panko breadcrumbs

3/4 tsp. garlic powder

3/4 tsp. onion powder

1/2 tsp. Italian seasoning

1/4 tsp. salt

1/8 tsp. black pepper

Optional seasonings: additional salt and black pepper

Directions:

Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Spray a large baking sheet with nonstick spray.

Cut zucchini into French-fry shaped spears.

Place zucchini spears in a large bowl. Top with egg whites, and flip to coat.

In a medium-large bowl, mix breadcrumbs with seasonings.

One at a time, shake zucchini spears to remove excess egg, and lightly coat with breadcrumb mixture. Evenly place on the baking sheet, and top with any remaining breadcrumbs.

Bake for 10 minutes.

Carefully flip zucchini spears. Bake until lightly browned and crispy, about 10 more minutes.

MAKES 2 SERVINGS

HG Tip: If enjoying these the day after they’re made, heat them in a toaster oven for crispiest results!

Hungry Girl's Healthy Clean & Hungry Onion Rings Recipe

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1/2 of recipe (about 12 rings): 169 calories, 0.5g total fat (0g sat fat), 368mg sodium, 34g carbs, 4.5g fiber, 7g sugars, 7.5g protein

SmartPoints®
value 3*

You don't need us to tell you that traditional onion rings are a calorie catastrophe. Skip 'em! These things are perfection...

Prep: 15 minutes
Cook: 15 minutes

Ingredients:

1 large (about 14 oz.) onion

1/4 cup egg whites (about 2 large eggs' worth)

2/3 cup whole-wheat panko breadcrumbs

1 tsp. garlic powder

1 tsp. onion powder

1/4 tsp. salt

1/8 tsp. black pepper

2 tbsp. whole-wheat flour

Directions:

Preheat oven to 450 degrees. Spray 2 large baking sheets with nonstick spray.

Slice off onion ends and remove outer layer. Cut into 1/2-inch-wide slices, and separate into rings.

Place egg whites in a wide bowl. Whisk well.

In a medium-large bowl, combine breadcrumbs and seasonings.

Add onion rings to a large sealable plastic bag. Sprinkle with flour. Seal bag and shake to mix.

Coat rings with the egg whites by dipping them into the bowl, two at a time. Shake rings to remove excess egg. Lightly coat with breadcrumb mixture. Evenly place on the baking sheets, and top with any remaining breadcrumbs.

Bake for 6 minutes, with one baking sheet on the top rack and one on the bottom.

Carefully remove baking sheets, and return them to the oven on the opposite racks.

Bake until golden brown, about 6 more minutes.

MAKES 2 SERVINGS

HG Tip: If enjoying these the day after they’re made, heat them in a toaster oven for crispiest results!

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