Well, as we speak, I’m watching the Cincinnati Reds play San Francisco in what would be a 3 game streak! I’m really not a huge baseball fan, but apparently the Reds are doing really well this season…as in…we’re in first place in the National League!…or something like that. Woo! Way to represent!
I have a Cincinnati Reds baseball hat…like one from Lids…I wore it once in the city. I also saw a bunch of guys wearing them on the street. I innocently asked if they were Reds fans too? They looked at me with a little smirk…”nah…”
I come to find out that the Reds hat is a sign of a gang in NYC……oh good.
Aaaaanywho, so with ballpark eats as my inspiration for tonight’s post, I thought I’d share 2 of my favorites…(or at least previous favorites, before I started the Specific Carb Diet) :P
GF ONION RINGS and SWEET POTATO FRIES!!
Truly amazing finger foods that you will find yourself making again and again and again! Plus…they’re BAKED so they’re guilt free!!!
First, the Onion Rings!
Golden, crispy rings that make you want to shout “Amen!” And they’re gluten free, Maker’s Diet friendly and with a Vegan and BED/SCD option!
Show stoppers…the GF Baked Onion Rings! These were so delectable! They were so CRUNCHY!! Oh my Gosh! They were crispy and amazing! I will tell you though, these were slightly labor intensive. But SO worth it! Here’s how you do it.
You will need 4 bowls:
1) Bowl of plain unsweetened almond milk
2) Bowl of 1/2 c GF AP flour
3) Bowl of 1 beaten egg
4) Bowl of GF bread crumbs (I made my own out of a GF bun in the food processor.)
Cut your onion into rings. Then dunk away…The rotation of the bowls go 1-2-3-4 :) I started out being clean and using forks, but 5 minutes in, caved and just used my hands. Place the coated rings on 2 olive-oil-sprayed baking sheets. Spritz the rings with olive oil. Put them in a 400 degree oven for 15-20 minutes or until golden brown, flipping once. Eat just one…I dare you!
The Vegan Option for these rings is to omit the eggs and AP flour. Just use the almond milk and GF bread crumbs.
For a Body Ecology Diet and Specific Carb Diet Option: omit the almond milk and AP flour and just use egg and ALMOND flour! :)
These onion rings were hands down one of the best things I’ve eaten in a while. They were SO crunchy! There was a slight sweetness from the onion and the almond milk, which was complimented so beautifully with a little organic ketchup:) When you make your own GF bread crumbs, they actually toast when you bake them, making them incredibly crispy-crunchy! Simply irresistible!
Next, the sweet potato fries. These were amazing — crunchy-chewy on the outside, and pillowy on the inside. Sweet and delicious. And Gluten Free, Vegan, and Maker’s Diet friendly!
Here’s what you need:
2 Sweet Potatoes, cut into fries
1 tsp EVOO
salt and pepper
Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Spray 2 baking sheets with olive-oil spray. Place cut fries on the sheets. Drizzle with 1 tsp EVOO, salt and pepper. Toss to coat them evenly, and then spread in an even layer on the sheets. (Don’t overlap or they’ll steam instead of crisp). Bake for about 30 minutes, stirring every 10 minutes. Season with salt when you take them out of the oven. Delish!