May 22, 2014

Check out this new Austin eatery.High blood pressure and cardiovascular disease have become an epidemic in America. Therefore, many people are looking for ways to eat healthier without sacrificing taste. We all know that fried food can be delicious but not exactly good for your heart or cholesterol levels. You can take control of your health and help others with their dietary goals by making healthier versions of fried mozzarella sticks, fired pickles and plenty of other snacks. Baking or finding ways other than frying to prepare your dishes can be a fun and appetizing experience. Whether you are a single parent trying to instill better eating habits in your children or a student taking culinary courses, try experimenting with these substitutes to your favorite fried foods.

Crispy onion rings
This appetizer is a perennial favorite and is quite easy to prepare. Slice large, sweet onions about 1 / 2 inches thick. Soak the pieces in low-fat buttermilk before you dip them in beaten egg whites. After this initial coating comes the breading. If you don’t like buying pre-packaged kind, you can make your own by combining whole wheat flour, cornmeal and Panko bread crumbs. Apply your flavor the breading mixture. You can use pepper, paprika, garlic powder, salt or whatever seasoning you prefer. Place them on a baking sheet in an oven heated to 350 degrees Fahrenheit for 20 minutes. Rotate and flip the onion rings and put them back in the oven for another 10 minutes or until they reach the desired crispiness. Take them out and let them cool for another 10 minutes.

Baked fish and chips
Because it is an iconic dish of coastal regions across the country, straying from the traditional recipe for fish and chips can earn you poor reviews from guests. However, the baked version of this meal retains all the flavorful goodness of the original. The chips can be made by drizzling a bit of extra-virgin olive oil, cayenne pepper and salt on slices of russet potatoes. Bake until browned and crisp at 450 degrees Fahrenheit, which will take 25-30 minutes. For the fish, use skinless pollock or another firm white fish cut into 2-by-4-inch pieces. Dip the fish in a mixture of egg whites and cereal crumbs then place them in the oven for about 12 minutes at 400 degrees Fahrenheit. Add salt and pepper to taste and serve with tartar sauce or malt vinegar.