Thursday, June 24, 2010

Yummy Thursday: Oven-Fried Onion Rings

Before delving into the joy of a good onion ring, let's talk chocolate cupcakes. They are good and essential for a fun weekend meal at home with the family. Yet, with all that chocolate cupcake goodness, comes fat. Take out the oil and replace it with applesauce. Most cake mixes require a whole 1/2 cup of oil, try replacing it with a cup of non-sweetened applesauce. Now your chocolate cupcake is now a yummy, and much less fattening dessert. .
The fat content on these bad boys was never tallied. However, they are not "deep" fat fried, but fried in a 9x13 oven dish with only 2-3tbsp. of olive oil. The recipe calls for vegetable oil, but I rarely use it, as olive oil tastes better and is much healthier. In other words, if you are going to fry something, fry it in olive oil!

You can find the recipe and instructions here.

These great foods were used as part of our own family's theme nights. One weekend meal is comprised of food items specific to a certain theme. These two food items were used for our "Diner Night". We also have had spaghetti taco's for the show iCarly night, Auntie Anne's pretzels and smoothies for "Mall Night". These meals were fun to prepare and a whole lot easier than taking our caravan out to eat. Next week's theme night: Russia Night (as per the request of Cici and Nini).

Do you have theme nights?
Or Applesauce in place of oil?

P.S. The boys are 7 months old today!


Kim Sue said...

so is that the standard substitution 1:2?

Michelle Lindsay said...

Yes, I do substitute on a 1:2 basis. It comes out slightly more moist than normal cupcakes - but the taste is still great! Michelle:)

Nicole said...

Never tried the applesauce swap but thought of it to replace sugar. Ever tried tofu to replace egg? It works great in desserts. Always looking for a great way to cut dairy-I think it's disgusting(except cheese). Olive oil is a must...don't even buy other types. Those cupcakes look delicious! :0)

Jenny said...

I have never used applesauce in place of oil. Although I have heard of other women doing this. I am going to give it a try. I am ready to make healthy changes.

donna said...

oh MY! YUMMY!!!

Melinda said...

I have never tried the applesauce for oil. I need to though. The theme nights sound like a lot of fun.

Lene said...

I have heard of the applesauce substitution but I have never tried it myself. If they make cupcakes more moist I will have to try it. And those onion rings look delish!