Junk food makeovers

I’m riffing on healthy “junk food” recipes for kids at Village Voices today. That’s right, tricking the little blighters into thinking you’re feeding them high-fat rubbish when it’s really a low-fat meal.

Check it out at http://blogs.kidspot.com.au/villagevoices/junk-food-makeovers/

Here’s a little something I whipped up on Sunday night, prior to Sprog 1’s medical crisis.

RECIPE: OVEN-FRIED CHICKEN

(Serves 4)

1/2 cup buttermilk

3 dropsTabascosauce

4 chicken thigh cutlets

50g Cornflakes

20g plain flour

1 teaspoon celery salt

1/2 teaspoon smoked paprika

Rice bran oil cooking spray

METHOD: Stir Tabasco into buttermilk and pour into a flat-bottomed casserole dish. Coat the chicken pieces with the buttermilk mixture and refrigerate for a few hours (or overnight). Preheat oven to 200C. Place Cornflakes, flour, celery salt and smoked paprika in a large zip-lock bag. Shake to combine. Use a rolling pin to crush the Cornflakes. Pour into a shallow dish. Gently roll the chicken pieces in the crushed Cornflake mixture. Place on baking paper on a baking tray. Spray with rice bran oil cooking spray. Bake in oven for 30 minutes. Turn pieces over. Spray with rice bran oil cooking spray. Bake 15-20 minutes longer until cooked through (check with a skewer to see if juices run clear). Serve with mashed potatoes or oven-baked fries, veggies, salad or homemade coleslaw with a low-fat (and low sugar!) dressing.

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