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Happy Fryday! I don’t know about you, but I can’t believe February is nearly over. Much more believable is the fact that I don’t have a single pound of weight loss to show it. Whoops.
With that in mind, I made these here delicious, baked zucchini fries to get me in the habit of eating a little healthier. To be fair, I just about tripled the original recipe’s cheese ratio, but that’s ok. Baby steps.
As you might have guessed, Brian and I didn’t make our flight to Barcelona last night. We got pretty mopey and frustrated as the snow kept falling and our calls to United kept dropping. But then, my Dad, with his kindness and special airline treatment, called in on our behalf and rebooked everything for us! Thank goodness for fathers. We’re now leaving on the same flight out tonight (fingers crossed), and were able to push our return flight back by one day as well. So as bummed as I am that Brian and I will be sharing airport Wendy’s tonight instead of the Valentine’s Day tapas dinner that our hosts Erin & Joe had planned for us, I’m so very relieved and happy that we won’t be losing any precious Barcelona time.
These fried crab wontons aren’t Valentine-appropriate either, but it’s Fryday and they’re fabulous, and they deserve our love too. Happy Valentine’s Day!
Like Tomato-Fried Egg and a hug from mom, I can always count on a big, fresh plate of Mapo Tofu to be there waiting for me whenever I go home to Colorado. If you’ve never had Mapo Tofu, it’s what can be best described as a spicy chili-and-bean-sauce tofu dish originally from China’s Sichuan province. It’s the best, easy too.
So instead of ordering it off the menu at your local Chinese joint, try cooking some yourself. Because with the convenient help of Mapo Tofu sauce from a jar, you can make a traditional Chinese dish in the time it takes to brown taco meat. Child’s play.
This is Fryday stir-fry style.
Before I disappear into my parents’ theater room for the rest of the weekend, I thought I’d leave you with a few Super Bowl food ideas of my own. I scoured my budding Fryday archives and recommend these four for your viewing and eating pleasure:
- Jalapeño Poppers – Because they’re so much better homemade, and the best when made with bacon.
- Oven-Fried Buffalo Goat & Blue Cheese Balls – Fully aware that frying food can be a bit of hassle, you can make these in the oven. They pack all of the goodness of fried buffalo goodness without all the labor.
- Fried Pickle Chips – Hands-down the best sports-viewing snack.
- Fried Cinnamon Sugar Biscuits – About as easy as dessert-making for a crowd can get.
And if you haven’t already downloaded the Super Bowl Bingo cards that Brian and I made, now’s a good time.
Have yourself a fantastic weekend, please make some room for Chinese food, and go Broncos!
About this time two years ago, I went pescatarian for a month hoping that I might eat healthier and lose a few pounds. Things didn’t quite pan out. You see, instead of cooking fresh salmon or tilapia filets, I found myself ordering Filet-O-Fish after Filet-O-Fish. I visited the Golden Arches more in that one month than I had in all my many years since high school. Suffice it to say, no pounds were lost that month, quite the opposite actually.
I’ve since sworn off the pescatarian lifestyle. Turns out I need my options. But if I had to do it again, I now have this great recipe for healthier oven-fried fish sticks to fall back on.
Anyone who knows me knows I’m not a football person. I only know the basics: a touchdown is worth 6 points plus a shot at an extra point, Peyton Manning is the man, and football makes a great excuse for buffalo wings.
But because I have yet to perfect my own boneless recipe, and because a hopeful Broncos Super Bowl is just a few weeks away, I thought I’d share these already incredible buffalo goat (and blue) cheese balls to get you going. They have all of the cheesy goodness of gougères combined with the finger-lickin wonder that is Frank’s Red Hot Sauce. There’s also the added bonus that these are oven-“fried” which makes them marginally better for you…until you dip them in ranch.
A friend of mine asked that I post some diet-friendlier recipes, and these were my answer. Not sure I delivered there, but sometimes I just can’t help myself, especially not on a Fryday when the Broncos are just days away from kicking some major Patriots butt. So oven-fried buffalo goat cheese balls it is.