My 10 Most Tempting Fatty Foods
Temptation #7: French Fries continued...
A typical side of fast food fries will run you about 17 grams of fat (3.5 grams saturated) and 340 calories.
There are two ways I like to make lower-fat, but still crispy, baked fries. One way is to make them from scratch by tossing two potatoes, cut into sticks, in 2 teaspoons canola oil and baking them in a nonstick jellyroll pan at 450 degrees until crispy.
Or I buy a bag of frozen steak fries (usually this type of fry is the lowest in fat and calorie) and bake them in the oven until crispy. The latter option brings the fat down to 3 grams (1.5 grams saturated) and the calories down to 110 per 3-ounce serving.
Temptation #8: Chicken Pot Pie
My husband grew up on those frozen chicken pot pies. It’s hard to beat that flaky crust and creamy gravy dotted with green peas and diced carrots that he has come to know and love.
But the numbers add up fast with a popular brand of chicken pot pie, which has about 41 grams of fat (14 grams saturated) and 670 calories.
You can make a chunkier chicken pot pie casserole at home with shredded rotisserie chicken and assorted veggies, including celery and green peas, swimming in a light homemade gravy or white sauce (reduced-fat canned cream of chicken or mushroom soup can be substituted for convenience).
Eliminating the pie crust bottom and topping the casserole with whole wheat pie crust (this cuts the amount of crust in half) reduces fat to about 12 grams (4 grams saturated fat) and calories to 300 per serving.
Temptation #9: Deep Dish Cheese Pizza
Whether it’s from a popular frozen pizza brand or a pizza parlor, one slice of deep dish cheese pizza (4.5 ounces) will total at least 20 grams of fat (10 grams saturated) and 350 calories.
If convenience is the priority, and it usually is with pizza, a low-fat frozen pizza can shave off some of the fat per serving.
You can also make a deep dish-like individual pizza at home, without devoting the time to make it totally from scratch. Here's how:
- Top whole wheat bagel halves, whole wheat English muffin halves, or a whole wheat pita pocket (not halved) with pizza or pesto sauce, shredded reduced-fat cheese, and veggie toppings.
- Pop in the toaster oven or regular oven broiler until the cheese is bubbly.
Temptation #10: Caesar Salad with Crunchy Croutons
I don’t know whether it’s the rich and creamy dressing with the crunchy croutons or the salty taste of anchovies and parmesan (or the combination). But for me, Caesar salad can be super-tempting to order in restaurants.