So okay this is not the most diet food, but I’m not really dieting, just trying to eat healthier. This means that I am trying to switch out some of the fattier foods for fruits and veggies, and eat more whole grains and legumes.
One of the most obvious places to take away fats and replace them with healthy fruits is dessert. This is a quick dessert that kills two birds with one stone. My daughter wanted fried pickles, so I had her find a tempura batter recipe from the Joy of Cooking cookbook. Then we jumped from there. I had her make a half recipe and we split that in two: one for the pickles, and one for the bananas. I’ll give you the original recipe and our version of fried pickles, and fried bananas.
1 cup all-purpose flour
1/2 tsp salt
1/8 ground black pepper
1 cup cold water or beer
- Whisk together the flour salt and pepper in a medium bowl until blended.
- In a separate medium bowl, whisk the egg and water until blended.
- Combine them and mix with a fork just until blended. The batter will be lumpy. Use immediately.
- Dip whatever you plan on frying, meat or veggies, even fruit; fry till slightly golden brown.
- To finish, salt the savory tidbits you are frying, and for the sweet fruit sprinkle cinnnamon sugar, powdered sugare or even drizzle chocolate sauce.
1/4 cup all-purpose flour
1 T corn meal
1/4 tsp onion powder
1/4 tsp garlic powder
1/8 tsp salt
1 pinch black pepper
1 pinch Cayenne pepper
1 T egg (whisk the egg first, then measure)
1/4 c cold water or beer
Mix dry ingredients together and wet then mix together as in the method above.
Banana Batter-or any firm fruit
1/4 c all-purpose flour
1 T sugar
1/4 tsp baking powder
1 pinch salt
1 pinch cinnamon
1 pinch nutmeg
3 T water or milk
1 T egg (whisk first then measure)
Mix dry ingredients then wet ingredients and combine as the method above.
I’m a wife, mother, pastry chef and amatuer gardner. I travel as much as possible, can what I grow, and taste as many new things as possible.