Healthier Alternative to Buffalo Wings

When private health care provider Ramsay Health invited me to take part in their fast-food alternative campaign in the hope to encourage people to be more mindful of the food they’re eating, I couldn’t really say no. By developing alternatives to some of the nation’s favourite fast food options, the folks at Ramsay hope to make weight management and healthy lifestyles more achievable and enjoyable. Sounds like a win-win situation to me.

My contribution is a home-made alternative to that bar-snack favourite, Buffalo Wings. Typically you’d find the wings for this recipe deep fried, served with fries, creamy coleslaw, lashings of blue-cheese dipping sauce and that famous Buffalo hot sauce. The beauty of this recipe is that you really don’t feel as if you’re losing anything by making and enjoy this meal at home. It’s super easy to create this feast in your own kitchen, and by making a few healthier replacements, you’ll find that this meal will be 100% enjoyable and yet it won’t feel like a blow-out.

Oven-baking the wings yields fantastic results. I promise. You won’t feel cheated at all with this recipe. The fat content in the wings, means that you’ll still get your crispy skin but you won’t have fried it in yet more fat. Instead of making the hot sauce and blue-cheese dip, simply serve your wings with sriracha chilli sauce and some light creme fraiche, you’ll get a similar taste/dipping experience but will have done away with the labour-intensive, calorie-intensive fast-food alternative. And when it comes to chips and coleslaw – these sautéed chats and Asian peanut-slaw will make you wonder why you hadn’t tried home-made sooner.

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Spicy Oven Wings, Sautéed Chats and Asian Slaw

Ingredients:

For the Chicken Wings
12 wings, with tips removed and cut into drummettes/wings
Olive oil
6 tbs flour
1 tbs white pepper
1 tsp chilli powder
1 tsp turmeric
1 tbs garlic salt
1 tsp sugar
1 tsp paprika
1 tsp salt

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For the Coleslaw
Half a shredded cabbage (red/white)
6 shallots, thinly sliced
1 carrot, grated
2 celery sticks, shredded
1 red pepper, thinly sliced
small bunch of coriander, chopped
1 tbs olive oil
1 tsp sesame oil
2 tbs vinegar
2 tbs light soy sauce
2 tbs honey
1 tsp ginger, minced
1 tbs peanut butter
salt

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Coleslaw

For the Chats
1 packet of new potatoes

Home fries

METHOD

Set oven to 180C

For the Wings
Lightly coat the wing pieces in some olive oil.
Put all the dry ingredients into a zip-lock bag and mix.
Place all the wings into the bag, close it up and then roll the bag around to evenly coat all the wings in the seasoned flour.
Place the wings on a baking tray, (you might need two) and put in the oven for about an hour.

For the Coleslaw
Place all the vegetables into a large bowl and mix.
Place all the remaining ingredients into a jar and shake it around like crazy.
Taste the dressing, and tweak to your liking before you pour it over the salad and mix together.

For the Chats
Boil the chat potatoes until they are almost cooked, but not quite.
Leave to cool a bit, and then slice into discs.
Heat a few tablespoons of olive oil in a frying pan, then place the potatoes in the oil.
Leave the slices to fry for a while, to develop a crispy surface, about 5 minutes. Then you can use your flip to turn the slices and crisp up the other side.
Sprinkle some salt flakes and pepper to season.

 

 

Creamy raw broccoli and roasted nut salad

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It’s salad mayhem here. This will be the last one for the season. I promise. This raw broccoli salad is the jewel in the crown. The first time I tried it was at my turkey-carving masterclass at Copas Turkeys last year. They had put on a lunch for the visitors and this was one of the salads on offer. It’s been 6 months – and finally I got my hands on Brenda Copas’ raw broccoli salad. It’s similar to a popular American recipe that features bacon and raisins and fried lardons was an option for this dish but I left it out. If something tastes great without bacon, always best to leave it out really. I know that sounds frugal but bacon is the last thing I need these days.

It might come as a surprise from someone who talks a lot about healthy eating and vegetables, but I’ve never liked raw broccoli, I only sometimes like it steamed, so this recipe was a stretch for me. But let me tell you – it is a salad miracle that broccoli tastes so good in this salad. I think the secret is in the dressing and the marinading. You can feel free to make this salad and eat it up straight away – but if Brenda says to marinade the broccoli then I’ll marinade it because whatever it is – it works.

Sweet and creamy, this amazing dressing contains a confronting amount of sugar, but it’s so delicious it’s worth every calorie. Needless to say this is more of a celebration salad than a virtuous daily meal type of recipe.

Broccoli, Cheese and Roasted Nut Salad Recipe

Ingredients:
1 x head of broccoli
1 x cup of nuts/seeds (hazelnuts, pine nuts, sunflower seeds)
1 cup grated cheese
1 bunch spring onions, sliced
Dressing:
1 cup of mayonnaise
50g sugar
2 tbs cider vinegar

Method:
Roast the nuts, leave to cool.
For the dressing, mix up the mayo, vinegar and sugar.
Cut the broccoli into small florets and grate the stalk.
Toss the broccoli, cheese and onion into the dressing and leave over night.
When you’re ready to serve give it a mix, stirring in the nuts.

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