CNYEats A Taste of Utica Fat Free Onion Rings

by Joanne on December 4, 2011

Where’s my get up and go?  Hello?  Are you there? Would you please come back.  I’m really lost without you.

Physically, it’s nice laying around not doing anything but mentally, it’s absolute torture.

cant stand it

I couldn’t do it any more. My head was going to explode if I didn’t get out and try to run.  Saturday was the day.

It would be the three of us,  Ted, Shane and myself, going for an easy run down the parkway.  We headed out at 6:05 am.  I turned around at the end of the street due to “nature calling” and would catch up with T & S at the end of the parkway.  During the catch up run, I tried to “hot hoof it” but didn’t manage more than an 8:30 pace.

There was a nagging pain where my hamstring joins my glute but I chose to ignore it and run it out.  It kind of worked.  At least the pain didn’t get any worse. 

We ran up Oneida Street then into the golf course, a tough short hill for anyone.  Ted went in the direction of home while Shane and I continued through the switchbacks.  It was a clear, crisp morning just begging for any runner to enjoy it. 

9.2 miles run.  Slow pace due to stops and starts but a good way to get back into the groove (I hope!).

Sunday, another gorgeous morning for a run. Ted’s foot was hurting so Shane and I went for a marathon pace run into the Proctor Parks.  For 4.63 miles, we held an 8:53 pace. Not bad for a recovery run. Feeling a lot better today – YAY!


“This Couldn’t Be Easier!” as quoted AND posted by Mario.


Page 145 of our book, A Taste of Utica, offers this quick, easy recipe for an all time favorite, Onion Rings – baked NOT fried.  This is the healthy version.

You’ll love it!


Fat Free Onion Rings  – to serve 2 people

  • 1 large onion, peel and slice into rings.  Ring size depends on how thick you like your onion rings. We enjoy ours on the thin side.
  • 1 1/2 TBS Fat Free or Light Mayonnaise
  • 1/3 to 2/3 cups whole wheat bread crumbs (how much you use depends on how breaded you enjoy your rings)
  • seasonings to taste.  I used a pinch of salt, pinch of pepper and a pinch of garlic

Preheat the oven to 400 F.

Separate your sliced onion rings and put into a bowl.  Add the mayonnaise and toss until coated.

Mix the bread crumbs with the seasoning and toss into the onion rings and coat evenly. 

Line a baking sheet with aluminum foil.  Spread out onion rings on foil and bake at 400 F for approximately 20 minutes or until done.


Easy. Quick. Tasty.



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  • At 2011.12.04 15:25, Lori said:

    I might have to try this with a mix of almond and coconut flour! Yum!

    • You (as well as a few other foodie/runners) have inspired me to get moving with the C25K running program! I’m starting tomorrow. I never liked running, but I’m thinking it might suit me now : )

      • At 2011.12.05 19:20, Monet said:

        For a girl who loves onions but can’t stand many things fried, this is a recipe from heaven! Thanks for making my stomach growl 🙂 I hope you had a lovely Monday. I’m ready to get baking! I have a banana bread recipe that I’m excited to try tonight. Much love from Austin!

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