Wednesday, December 14, 2011

Lord of the Onion Rings

Per Serving (entire recipe): 4 Points+
153 calories, 1g fat, 379mg sodium, 41g carbs, 16g fiber, 7g sugars, 9g protein

The recipe: "Hungry Girl: Recipes and Survival Strategies...", pages 104 - 105

This is one of those Hungry Girl recipes that is referred to over and over again in her emails and even on her show, so I thought it was about time I tried it out.  I have read all the tips and tricks to make these come out good, and made sure to follow what she said.  Using tongs, I dipped the onion rings in egg substitute, shook off the excess, and then coated them with the Fiber One breadcrumbs. I added a little salt, pepper, garlic powder and onion powder to my breadcrumbs to give them a good flavor.

After about four onion rings, the breadcrumbs started to clump up and stopped sticking to the onion rings very well.  It got worse and worse as I made more, and I finally gave up after about 10 onion rings.  I needed to either make new breadcrumbs, or just stop and cook what I had.  Since I had an impatient three-year-old and one-year-old waiting for me to be done, I decided to just cook the 10 onion rings I had. 

I honestly have no idea how she makes her onion rings look so good.  My guess would be that she probably uses fresh breadcrumbs every few onion rings or so.  Even with shaking off as much egg as possible, residual moisture still gets into the breadcrumbs and causes them to clump up. 

As for flavor, the ones I made turned out great with the seasonings I had added to the breadcrumbs. It was definitely fun to eat what is normally a fattening food.  I ate mine with a little ketchup on the side, and even though I only had 10 of them to eat, it was still a big enough portion to satisfy my craving for onion rings.  I even felt a little naughty eating these, even though I knew they were not the real, fattening thing.

Have any of you tried these?  How did yours turn out?  I would love to know!


  1. I tried these a few years ago. I don't remember any specific problems but there may have been some since I didn't try them again.

    I have also wondered how people make such good pictures of sweet potato fries and butternut squash fries. Mine come out kind of limp and sad but tasty. :)

  2. Hi Robin...I tried these a few months ago and had the same problem with the breadcrumbs clumping. The next time I made them, I divided it into 3 bowls. That way, as one bowl started clumping, I would then go to the next.

    I will say that they were very good.

  3. I have been wondering about her use of All Bran Fiber cereal for mock frying.... I will now have to give it a whirl.. Thank you for posting this!!! :)

  4. Thanks for the comments! Glad it wasn't just me. :)

    WW Wannabe: If you are looking for a good faux fry recipe, try the Crispity Crunchity Drumsticks. So good!