Want fast food but know you should resist because you're pregnant? These recipe makeovers let you indulge guilt-free.
Your belly craves a big, greasy burger with onion rings, but your brain tells you to eat a healthful, home-cooked meal to benefit your growing baby. Cookbook Fast Food Fix lets you enjoy the best of both worlds. In it, author and chef Devin Alexander offers more than 75 recipes replicating your favorite fast-food indulgences, with a lot less fat, sugar and other bad stuff that's devoid of the important nutrients you need during pregnancy. Here are three recipes to satisfy any junk-food junkie. And since you save so many calories, you'll have room for when the next craving hits.
Burger King Onion Rings
Olive oil spray
3 medium white onions
1/4 cup egg substitute
1/3 cup plus 1 tablespoon dry bread crumbs
1/2 teaspoon salt
Preheat the oven to 400°F. Lightly mist a large nonstick baking sheet with olive oil spray.
Cut the onions into 1/3-inch-thick slices. Separate into rings. Select 15 rings that are as close as possible to 2 inches in diameter. Set aside. (If you like, refri-gerate the remaining onion rings to use in another dish.)
Pour the egg substitute into a small shallow bowl. In a resealable plastic bag, combine the bread crumbs and salt. Shake to mix well.
Dip the onion rings one at a time into the egg substitute, being sure to coat completely. Allow any excess egg substitute to drip off. Place in the bread-crumb bag. Shake to coat completely. Dip onion rings a second time into the egg substitute and the bread crumbs. Continue until all the onion rings are placed, without touching, on the baking sheet. Lightly mist with the olive oil spray.
Bake for 8 minutes. Carefully flip the rings. Bake for 8-12 minutes longer, or until the breading is crisp.
Original Burger King Onion Rings (medium serving): 320 calories, 5% protein (4 g), 50% carbohydrate (40 g), 45% fat (16 g), 4 g sat fat, 3 g fiber. Alternate version: 243 calories, 22% protein (13 g), 63% carbohydrate (38 g), 15% fat (4 g), trace sat fat, 3 g fiber