Fried foods are extremely addictive and can be tough to stay away from, especially when you’re trying to lose weight. Cutting out these foods doesn’t have to mean that all there is to eat are boring salads. In fact, you can create some delicious alternatives to your favorite fried foods that taste great but don’t harbor all the fat and calories as their deep fried counter-parts. If you are looking for a way to overcome your cravings for fried foods, consider trying the following tasty options.
1. Breaded Chicken Strips
You can create your own version of fried chicken as long as you have an oven. Starting with boneless skinless chicken breasts; you can simply cut them lengthwise until you’ve created decent sized strips of meat. Then, mix together a couple of eggs and set aside in a bowl, while filling yet another bowl with bread crumbs you can find the supermarket (you can even find flavored kinds).
Once you have the bowls set up side by side, take each chicken strip and coat it in the egg batter. Then, add the bread crumbs one by one. Place the chicken on a baking sheet, each strip about an inch from one another. Bake them at 300 degrees for 20 minutes, flipping them one time. After 20 minutes, turn the broiler on and let each side of the strips crisp up, about five minutes on each side.
2. Homemade French Fries
Everyone loves the taste of deep fried foods like French fries, but they are loaded with fat and calories. The good news is that you can make your own version of savory French fries right in the comfort of your own home. Start with russet potatoes and cut them into potato wedges as thick or as thin as you’d like them. In order to get a similar texture to deep fried fries, pour all the cut up potatoes into a bowl and drizzle them with a tablespoon of olive oil, then toss the bowl until all the potatoes are lightly covered.
You can also use salt and spices such as turmeric, cayenne pepper, basil or rosemary to season the fries by tossing the seasoning in the bowl along with the oil. Once they’ve been tossed, pour them onto a baking sheet making sure they are in a single layer, before baking them at 350 degrees for 30 minutes.
Sometimes when cravings for fried foods strike, it isn’t possible to come up with a great alternative. When all else fails, consider buying or making yourself the ultimate sandwich. Chances are that you can fill up even more and enjoy a myriad of your favorite foods while consuming fewer calories than you would of your favorite fried foods. A BLT, a club sandwich or a grilled cheese might be able to hit the spot for you so you can stay on track and get through your day without feeling deprived. You can even pan fry your sandwich to give it that rich flavor and texture you might be looking for.