Category Archives: Sides
Air Fried Gluten Free Onion Rings so yummy and easy to make. Enjoy these crunchy onion rings that are low fat and low carb. THM-FP
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We recently went to Outback Steakhouse to celebrate my sister’s college graduation and my brother-in-law ordered a plate of bloomin’ onions. Oh, they looked so good, but they are not on their gluten-free menu so I tried not to look at them too much. Plus, I had recently bought an air fryer and knew that I could enjoy some home-made onions that were not only gluten free but also low in fat and carbs and would be on plan with Trim Healthy Mama.
Using an air fryer is so easy and I have decided it is a must have item in my kitchen. It allows me to have crispy fried treats like these onion rings without using all the oil that you normally would need to use to get them crispy like this.
There are so many air fryers to pick from on Amazon so I decided to go with the top rated one that was within my budget. This one is an Avalon Bay Air Fryer. It is super easy to use and the clean up is a breeze. It doesn’t get hot to the touch either. There is a vent on the back side that blows out hot air, but it isn’t enough to heat your kitchen up like an oven does.
You need to use an oil sprayer. I originally used my Spectrum coconut oil spray, but I wanted to be able to use avocado or olive oil for the flavor so I ordered a set of these Evo Oil Sprayers. I had a refillable oil mister several years ago, but I wasn’t impressed with how it worked, but these sprayers work great.
I’ve been making several recipes in my air fryer and I’ll be sharing them all soon. One fun thing we did with the air fryer was to take it with us when we went to the Gospel Coalition Conference this spring. It was easy to travel with and we were able to heat up our breakfast and supper in the hotel room super quick and easy. Did I mention it’s easy to clean? It is.
Trim Healthy Mamas these delicious, crunchy onion rings are an FP.
- 2 eggs
- ½ cup unsweetened almond or cashew milk
- 1¼ cup of Trim Healthy Mama Baking Blend
- ½ Himalayan salt
- ½ teaspoon paprika (optional)
- ⅛ teaspoon cayenne
- 1 large sweet onion
- Mix eggs and milk together in a shallow bowl that is easy to dip your rings into. Mix flour blend, salt, paprika, cayenne together in a shallow bowl that is easy to dip your rings into. Slice onion in ¼ to ½ inch rings and separate rings.
- Preheat air fryer on 350° for a minute or two.
- Dip onion slices in egg mixture and then dredge through flour mixture. Place onion slices in air fryer basket in a single layer, can be slightly overlapped. Lightly spray with oil spray. Fry in air fryer for 5-8 minutes, turn onion slices over, lightly spray and fry for another 5-8. Frying time will depend on the thickness of the onions and how many rings are in the fryer at one time.
- It may take 3-4 batches to fry all the onion rings.
- You can easily check on the onion rings during the frying to check for doneness.
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Fried Summer Squash is a super-easy recipe that will make it a snap to add some yummy vegetables to your meals.
Yellow summer squash and zucchini are coming out of our garden in full force now. With recipes like this one and several others, we’ve been enjoying having these veggies everyday. I’ve also been shredding any extra squash and freezing it in 2 cup portions in freezer bags to be able to be able to use it during the winter in baked good, like cakes and breads.
Organic Herbamare is my go-to seasoning to pair with vegetables, but feel free to use any seasoning salt that you prefer.
Trim Healthy Mamas this recipe is a Deep S.
- 3 tablespoons coconut oil
- ½ cup diced onion
- 1 medium yellow squash* (around 1 lb.), quartered and sliced in ¼ inch slices
- 1 medium zucchini* (around 1 lb.) quartered and sliced in ¼ inch slices
- ¼ teaspoon Herbamare
- Heat coconut oil in large skillet over medium heat till hot.
- Add onion, yellow squash, and zucchini.
- Sprinkle Herbamare over squash.
- Stir occasionally for about 15-20 minutes until vegetables are tender.
Nutiva sent me a jar of their Buttery Coconut Oil to try for free and I was so excited to receive it, because it was already on my list to buy. I had been seeing it around online, reading what others were saying, and was looking forward to trying it myself. The following opinions are all mine!
I was really curious as to how they came up with a buttery flavor that was organic. This is from Nutiva’s website describing what the buttery flavor is made from:
Our vegan “buttery flavor” is made from pure certified organic non -GMO plants including sunflower, coconut and mint.
One of the first things I thought of using it on was vegetables. Since our family had to quit using cow-dairy several years ago, I really miss the taste of butter and buttery veggies sounded so good. I normally use refined coconut oil when cooking my veggies, so I was really looking forward to trying it this way. I put it together with two of my favorite ingredients that I like to add to broccoli – lemon pepper seasoning and nutritional yeast. If you haven’t tried nutritional yeast before, it gives food a cheesy flavor. With the addition of the Buttery Coconut Oil it was delicious, sort of like a dairy dream.
My family has also been enjoying it on biscuits, toast, and grilled sheep cheese sandwiches. I’ll be needing more of it since our jar is already almost cleaned out. Thank you, Nutiva, for making such a good tasting and healthy way to add butter flavor back in our lives!
Trim Healthy Mamas this Buttery Lemon Pepper Broccoli is an S.
- Place broccoli in pan and add about 1½-2 inches of water. Cover pan and heat to a slow boil for about 10 minutes until fork tender.
- Drain water from broccoli. While the broccoli is still hot add 2 tablespoons of Nutiva Buttery Coconut Oil and stir. Add in 1 tablespoon of Nutritional Yeast and several shakes of lemon pepper.
- Serve while warm.
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*Nutiva gave me a jar of their Buttery Coconut Oil for free to try out in a recipe. Opinions are all mine.
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Fried green beans is an easy and delicious side dish. I like to keep frozen green beans on hand to quickly round out a meal. When I was growing up, I think I was the only one in my family who didn’t like green beans, but frying them like this made me come to love them. They have such a great texture and flavor.
I use gluten-free Herbamare organic seasoning salt in my recipe, but feel free to use your favorite seasoned salt blend. Make sure to check ingredients if needing to be gluten-free.
Trim Healthy Mamas one serving of this recipe is an FP. The fat is 5 g and the net carbs are 6 g. Depending on what you serve it with it can be an FP, S, or and E.
- 2 lbs of frozen green beans
- 3 tablespoons coconut oil
- 3 cloves garlic, crushed
- 1 teaspoon Herbamare or your favorite seasoning salt
- Heat coconut oil in large frying pan over medium heat until melted.
- Add frozen green beans and spread out in pan. Cover with lid and cook for 10 minutes. Stirring a couple of times.
- Remove lid after 10 minutes and continue frying. Add in Herbamare seasoning salt.
- Continue frying and stir occasionally for another 10-15 minutes. Add in crushed garlic for the last couple of minutes. The beans are finished when you have a nice mixture of green color.