The Bright Side: Healthy, Yummy Onion Rings for Burger Night (GIVEAWAY!)
Monday, November 5, 2012
This weekend I discovered I could make like a gourmet burger chef and create my long-time obsession myself: A black bean burger smothered in barbecue sauce and topped with onion rings. I’d had it many times before at my fave burger joint, but never dreamed I could pull it off at home—mainly because the idea of actually making a pile of saturated fat (aka fried onion rings) in my own kitchen made me woozy.
Everything changed when I found out that Alexia Foods had started making frozen, fancy-looking Multi-Grain Onion Rings. I couldn’t wait to try them, and decided this burger night was just the time to do it.
After a thankfully short baking time of around 15 minutes, I pressed the hot golden onion rings onto the burger, doused with bbq sauce, and devoured the whole thing immediately, noting only a general feeling of extreme satisfaction. Of course, I had to try a couple on the side, too, to make sure they were as tasty on their own…And, thanks to the combo of sweet Spanish onions and crispy multigrain breading, they most certainly were!
Just as important as the taste factor, though, is that these onion rings don’t layer on the guilt. Because they’re baked, they have way less saturated fat than regular ones—a serving of these has two grams of saturated fat, compared to seven in the fried version, according to this calorie counter site. No trans fat, either.
Now, with five people in my household, three under the age of 18, you can bet not all of us love onion rings the way I do. For those who aren’t such onion fans as I am, I also baked up some Alexia fries. To be clear, I do not advocate any of us ever have both onion rings and fries in the same sitting, but the handful I had of these house-cut fries with sea salt was very compelling. They’re made with just five simple ingredients, and unlike most frozen brands, don’t get all smushy and flavorless in the oven.
Wanna try for yourself? Like Real Moms on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for a chance to win the giveaway pictured right, which includes a coupon for a free Alexia product, a set of two bamboo cutting boards, a potholder, a spatula turner, and a “Here’s to Food” gift bag. We’ll select a winner at random by November 15. Good luck!