Recipe: Skinny Onion Rings


From the Vitality Food Feature ‘SLIMMING MEALS THAT HEAL‘.

Onions are anti-inflammatory powerhouses, but not when they have been dipped in batter and deep-fried in toxic oil! I have come up with a light and crispy onion ring recipe that preserves all of the goodness of onions. Try using purple onions – they contain resveratrol, a phytonutrient that works on a cellular level affecting macrophages, lymphocytes and dendritic cells (your soldiers of immunity) to lower inflammation and boost your immune system. Amaranth is a tiny yellow grain that is rich in magnesium and reduces painful muscle cramps. Apple cider vinegar slows the release of sugar (from foods) into the bloodstream. When your blood sugar is balanced, inflammation is reduced.


  • 2 egg whites
  • 1/4 cup non-dairy milk (almond, rice, or coconut)
  • 2 Tbsp apple cider vinegar
  • 1/2 cup brown rice flour
  • 1 tsp dill weed (fresh or dried)
  • 1 Tbsp extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1-1/2 cups puffed amaranth
  • 1 tsp nutritional yeast
  • 1/4 -1/2 tsp pink rock salt or gray sea salt
  • 2 large purple onions, sliced into 1/4-inch rings
  • (Optional Addition: 1/2 tsp curry powder)

1) Preheat oven to 350°F.

2) Coat a cookie sheet or baking dish with light brush of olive oil.

3) Beat egg whites, non-dairy milk, vinegar, rice flour, dill weed and oil in a bowl until light and foamy.

4) Add puffed amaranth, nutritional yeast, and salt to a separate bowl and stir to combine.

5) Add separated onion rings to egg white mixture and coat well.

6) Drop a few onion rings at a time into the bowl with the amaranth mixture, gently coating the rings with the seasoning.

7) Spread evenly on a cookie sheet and bake for 35 to 40 minutes or until crispy. (Makes 8 servings)

Julie is a Registered Holistic Nutritionist and host of Healthy Gourmet, a reality cooking show aired in over 70 countries. A highly-sought-after anti-inflammatory health expert and speaker, she is the award-winning author of 3 bestselling books. After graduating from both The Canadian School of Natural Nutrition and the Institute for the Psychology of Eating, she studied culinary arts at George Brown College, herbalism at Emerson Herbal College, and life coaching with Tony Robbins. Be sure to check out her latest masterclass at and follow her on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and <a href=""Youtube.

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