Beer Battered Onion Rings for Two

Guess what was staring in my face every time I went into our lunch room yesterday?

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Not just any Cheeto – cheddar jalapeno people!  I must have been in the kitchen half a dozen times yesterday making my breakfast and lunch, and filling up my water bottle.  Um, but guess who didn’t eat any?!  Me!  It helped that my co-worker told me “they probably are stale.”   In any case – I’ll take another NSV yesterday!

Best part about Wednesday?  Bagel Wednesday!  Jalapeno Cheddar with 1 tablespoon light cream cheese and 1/4 cup egg white in the middle.  372 calories, 4.3 fat, 65 carbs, 4 fiber and 19 protein.

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I’ve been working on a project at work involving numbers – me and numbers don’t work so well together.  I talked to Tony around 11:45 and told him I was just about to go work out.  I started on my project again and next thing I knew it was 1:15!  I missed my workout window. Sad smile   But I had Nicole’s Lemon Orzo soup for lunch.  My only difference I that I make my chicken stock with leftover chicken carcasses, skin bones and everything – but you can use her version by picking off the meat of a rotisserie chicken.  I also left out the spinach.  Love the tanginess of the lemon!

My two cup serving comes in at:  330 calories, 13.5 fat, 57 carbs, 2.9 fiber and 39 protein.

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I hate spiders.  Really most insects creep me out.  Right now?  I have a cricket in my basement.  It chirps all the time until it hears me, then stops, and then when I walk away it starts all over again.  I have no idea how its surviving down there!  When I took this picture, I saw the spider in the corner of the window – I was afraid it was one of those jumping spiders and I got the hockey puck out of there!

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I did get a little snacky in the afternoon and found this in my desk drawer – Quaker chewy chocolate mint.  I have no idea how long its been there, the neon green chips kind of freaked me out but it was good and held me until dinner – 100 calories, 3 fat, 18 carbs, 1 fiber 1 protein.

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I know just like my KERF post, I am going to get flack about my side dish last night.   You all know Tony and I abhor onions.  Like in just about everything.  That is except for . . . onion rings.  But we are pretty particular – light batter, SUPER THIN rings.  I put the nutrition for these rings without deep frying because alternatively, you could bake these at 450 for 15 minutes.

I’ve also said before that since we use a deep fryer, the oil keeps its temperature and it doesn’t come out greasy – I did add 1 teaspoon of oil to the dinner as a whole, but I doubt that much oil was absorbed.

Beer Battered Onion Rings for Two

  • 172 calories, .36 fat, 33 carbs, 1 fiber 4 protein

Ingredients:

  • 1 large vadalia onion, sliced thin
  • 4 ounces beer (I used Summer Shandy)
  • 1/2 cup flour
  • pinch of salt and pepper
  • pinch of cayenne pepper

Mix the beer, flour, salt, pepper and cayenne pepper together to make a batter.  I did this in 3 batches, but dip your onions in the batter, shake to coat, then deep fry or bake – deep frying only takes about a minute since they are so thin.  When I do them in batches, I under cook them a bit the first time around.  Then right before serving, I drop everyone back in the pool for about 30-45 seconds.  Drain on a paper bag and be sure to salt when they come out the second time.

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These came out amazeballs – light, super crunchy – with my 4 oz cheese burger in the back, dinner all together comes in at 585 calories, 19 fat, 57 carbs, 2.9 fiber and 39 protein.

Stats for Wednesday:

  • 1387 calories, 40 fat, 172 carbs, 9.4 fiber and 79 protein
  • 50% calories from carbs, 26 from fat, 24 from protein
  • no exercise Sad smile
  • average blood sugar 178

I am going to see one of my former co-workers tonight while Tony watches the Chicago Bears game – can’t wait to catch up with her!  I am HORRIBLE at keeping up with work relationships if I or the other person leaves.  Doesn’t matter if I’ve eaten lunch with you every day for 3 years – I am so bad about that!

Do you stay in touch with old co-worker friends – maybe I am not that abnormal about it?  Make it a great day!