Baked Onion Rings and Avocado Ranch Dip!
This one seems really complicated but I promise it’s not, it’s just a little lengthier.
First you cut your onion(s) into rings, separate all the rings and let them soak in low fat buttermilk for about 2 hours. I ran out of buttermilk so I added some actual fat free milk to the mix and I guess it worked?
Leave it there, and after the 2 hours you take corn flakes and some kind of bread crumbs (I looked for low calorie Panko bread crumbs and then just mixed it with corn flakes, but you can essentially make any breading mix you want), smash the flaked and mix them together. You can also add herbs and spices to this mix. You definitely should add salt.
After that’s done, put a little bit of the mixture in a bowl and start breading your onion rings. Try not to let too much buttermilk get to the bowl of breading, because it f*cks up the breading and it becomes useless afterwards. For this reason too, put only a bit of your breading mixture in a bowl at a time, so that it doesn’t get all ruined and you waste a lot of it.
Preheat your oven to 450 degrees F, place all your onions on a baking sheet kind of thing (which you can spray with PAM 0 calorie for grease and stuff), slightly apart from each other though you can put small ones inside the big ones. Leave it in the oven for about 15 minutes.
For the dip: take the meat of one avocado and mix it with 1 cup fat free plain yogurt. Add to this mix the juice from one lime or lemon, 2 finely chopped (or minced) cloves of garlic, and some spices like dill, parsley, chives, etc. (also finely chopped). I also added some paprika, salt, and pepper, which worked totally great.
Done! Can’t really attest to it being under 250 calories, though, although it should be if you have only half the onion rings from an entire onion, and not too much of the dip.
But if you have left over dip (which you will), dip other stuff GO CRAZY
Dos and don'ts:
Do: Leave the onion rings in the oven for a little longer if you want them crunchier. Also, if you mess up all the breading because you didn’t listen to me, make a kind of meatball with it with an onion ring inside? It works.
Don’t: Mess up the breading. Really.