Fried Foods are Everywhere!
Keeping food delicious, fun, and trendy is important. I desire to keep my family and foster kids strong and healthy. Therefore today I will share how and why I learned to provide a delicious healthy version to fried foods; including corn dogs!
Somehow, if you will notice, memories around food and the dinner table are a sacred part of life! Every kid I meet tells me the foods they can’t live without, as soon as I mention eating healthy! Incidentally, these concerns highlight how “healthy” is vilified, so further clarification happens to inspire healthy, beautiful, delicious and fun around the table.
Some secrets for recovering health are; avoid gluten, eat real food, no highly processed refined starches, no sugar, no corn, no dairy, no hydrogenated oils, and more. Telling me NO to everything I like, doesn’t sit well, therefore finding the healthy versions are imperative. Especially for success, we have to live and feel like life is full of “YES!”
Since our society batters and fries a lot of foods for a fun crunch, I had to get creative. I felt like a failing scientist for the first few tries, but then I remembered a recipe we used in Puerto Rico. This is the base for most of our fried food batter and it swings sweet and savory.
Ingredients for Fried Foods and the Un-Corn Dog
- Hotdog we use There are minimal additives that confuse the digestive process.
- Gluten and Dairy Free Waffle Slider batter, page 141, Real Food Recovery, (using plantains!)
- Tallow/Duck Fat or Coconut Oil
- Fill a skillet pan 1 – 2 inches thick with oil and heat to medium until a drop of water sizzles.
- Use a skewer stick and carefully push through the longest part of the hot dog.
- Now dip the dogs into the batter in my cookbook and swirl to saturate the whole hot dog.
- Place the hot dog in the skillet until brown and crispy on one side, then turn over. It takes a couple of minutes on each side.
- Remove carefully with tongs or a fork and place on a napkin to drain excess fat.
The kids love it and I feel justified that we have enjoyed a fun food memory and nourishing food.
Over the years I’ve learned that good fats are nourishing as they surround our vital organs. If we eat bad fats, we basically endanger our organs, like the heart. When my children and the foster children were sick, I began to look outside the “widely accepted” information and hone in to what our body needs that is more natural. This is where a lot of recovery begins; researching and changing to less processed, real food. From this, I learn that some fried foods may actually be beneficial if fried in the right saturated fats. Mary Enig, PhD. provides deep research and statistics into the study of fats.1
Therefore, we balance the “whatnots” with good fats and protein which results in pure, yummy, healthy food that helps recover kids.
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- 2002 Feb 22;295(5559):1464-6. Studies of dietary fat and heart disease.Ravnskov U, Allen C, Atrens D, Enig MG, et al.