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Eating healthy doesn’t mean you have to cook every. single. thing. from scratch. I do, but that is because I enjoy it. But, sometimes I need something in a hurry. Those days when I don’t feel like cooking. Those days when I just want to pop something in the oven and walk away.
You know….thoooooose days.
I’ve always been a fan of onion rings. But not just any ol’ onion rings. Sonic onion rings. When I moved from OK here to MI back in 2007, they didn’t have any Sonic up here. I was so bummed. Where was I going to get my tater tot and onion rings from? I don’t eat a lot of fast food, but sometimes a girl just needs a diet cherry limeade with extra cherries and a side of rings or tots. I pouted for a few years, but they finally got one that was about 45 minutes away. You can sure bet I was there for grand opening weekend. Now that I have one in my own town, I stop by maybe 3 times a year.
I’ve tried multiple times over the years to make faux fried onions rings. Weight Watcher recipes from meetings when I attended, low carb recipes with almond and/or coconut power and/or flax. While they weren’t horrible, they just weren’t quite right.
Then I discovered Alexia at WalMart and my whole world changed.
Not only did I grab these Alexia crispy onion rings but I also grabbed some Alexia sweet potato fries. The sweet potato fries came in crinkle cut with black pepper and sea salt and then Julienne fries with sea salt. I opted for the Sweet Potato Fries with Sea Salt. Since Mr. Yum is not a fan of sweet potatoes (although he did have sweet potato pie for the first time during the holidays and enjoyed it) so I grabbed some Alexia Smart Classic 98% fat-free crinkle cut fries with sea salt for him. Since he is also trying to watch his weight, it was perfect for him knowing they were only 100 calories per serving.
Once I got the onion rings home I could not wait to give them a try. So, I got my oven ready, dumped these all natural onion rings on a baking sheet and popped them in the oven. While those were going I started to create my low carb vegan cowboy burger.
Note: Feel free to swap out my burger choice with yours.
Low Carb Cowboy Burger
Vegetarian Cowboy Burger
- 1 vegetarian 'burger' patty
- 2-3 romaine lettuce leaves
- 2-3 slices of tomato
- 1 tbsp light ranch dressing
- 1 tsp hot sauce
- 2 thin slices avocado
- 2 onion rings
- 3-4 green olives sliced
- sliced green peppers optional
- Prepare your onion rings per package directions.
- Prepare your vegetarian burger per recipe and/or instructions.
- In a small dish with a lid combine the light ranch and hot sauce.
- Stir well and set aside.
- Arrange two lettuce leaves on your plate and then put the 3rd right in the middle so it overlaps.
- When your 'burger' is done place it on top of the middle piece of lettuce.
- Add the ranch & hot sauce mixture.
- Only add enough to your taste and then put the rest in the fridge for future use.
- Top with the tomato, avocado, olives and onion rings.
- If you like you can fold the two lettuce sides over top of the insides and secure with a toothpick.
- Eat with a fork and serve with a side of sliced green peppers.
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Let me tell you — these Alexia onion rings are aaahhhmazing. They have a nice flavor, aren’t super high in batter carbs, and they bake up nice and crisp.
Two yum thumbs up.
Now. Here’s another scenario. You’ve made the perfect sandwich or grilled some chicken and now you need a side. Am I right? Those of you who are not following a low carb diet, but just a general healthy lifestyle, then you’re going to be happy with these Alexia Sweet Potato fries with Sea Salt. They cook up nice and crisp just like those onion rings did.
My fascination with sweet potatoes goes back to childhood. Sweet potatoes were more than regular potatoes so when my mother bought them, it was a treat. I always enjoyed mine baked with just a little bit of butter and a pinch of brown sugar. I’ve never really been a fan of sweet potato casseroles or most dishes. Too much sugar and get out of here with those marshmallows! 😉 But bring me a sweet potato pie and I am in heaven. It’s right up there with pumpkin for me.
These fries changed everything. Not only are they affordable, but I get the whole bag to myself. However, I’m not eating the whole bag. I counted out exactly 12. Yes, 12. And that was more than enough.
Sriracha Blue Ranch Sweet Potato Fries
One thing I love is the taste of hot stuff (like hot wings) paired with blue cheese. Now that I am making an honest effort to clean up my eats and get the weight down, I am thinking of ways I can get that flavor without the deep-fried wings, butter and mounds of blue cheese. I’ve been experimenting with different flavors and I felt the creamy cool ranch with the robust blue cheese paired with the spicy Sriracha would make the perfect dipping sauce for these Alexia sweet potato fries.
I wasn’t wrong.
- 30 sweet potato fries
- 1 tbsp blue cheese dressing
- 1 tbsp light ranch dressing
- 1 tsp Sriracha
- Preheat your oven according to sweet potato fries package directions.
- In a small dish combine the blue cheese, light ranch and Sriracha sauce.
- Mix well.
- When you fries are done, dip away.
I’m so happy I spotted these Alexia products when I was roaming down the freezer section at WalMart. I’m thrilled that they are all-natural, Non GMO certified and endorsed by the American Heart Association. I can actually feel good about eating a prepackaged product. Zero- guilt there and in the healthy eating for weight loss department.
Ready to create your own recipes with Alexia all natural products? Check out Spring in to Flavor for more tasty recipes. You can also follow Alexia on Facebook or check out more great eats on their Pinterest.
I’d love to hear about your recent healthy score lately or discuss your favorite way to enjoy sweet potatoes. Sound off in the comments below.
Robin (Masshole Mommy) says
We eat both fries and onion rings often in our house. This brand is one of our favorites.
That looks really tasty! I love the variety, and the health factor is off the charts.
Stacie @ Divine Lifestyle says
What a meal! I love everything about it. The flavors are wonderful, and it’s such a healthy option.
Robin (Masshole Mommy) says
I need to be better about choosing healthy options for myself. This is a great way to start.
Lisa L says
I have tried the sweet potato fries and I enjoyed them. I never saw the onion rings but I’ll have to tell my mom to look for those because my dad loves onion rings. Now I’m hungry for sweet potato fries : )
Mission accomplished! 😉
Debbie Denny says
Great meal for anyone. Looks great
Yum I havent gad fries in a long time! These look great. I don’t know I’ve ever seen this brand here! I will have to keep my eyes peeled!
Wow, that is a terrific combo meal! I’m a huge fan of Alexia fries, so tasty!
These sound so good. I love sweet potato fries!!
I am not a huge fan of sweet potatoes, but the dip you made sounds so good! I think my regular fries would be in heaven if I dipped them in that stuff!
I love those sweet potato fries and the dip sounds awesome!!!! I need to try those onion rings!!
This looks like an awesome lunch or quick dinner. My kids love Alexia sweet potato fries and that burger sounds great too.
I actually just enjoyed a meatless burger for dinner today! I never knew just how delicious they could be!
Sweet potato fries are big with my kids. Though The Hubs and I are more onion rings kinda people!
Chubskulit Rose says
I think my husband would definitely dig that vegetarian cowboy burger. I will try this sometimes.
My family LOVES onion rings and fries. These look great, I can’t wait to try the recipe.
I love those Alexia onion rings. They turn out so crispy and yummy!
Marcie W. says
These recipes are unique and super creative! We have numerous Alexia items on hand and absolutely love them all. Their waffle fries and onion rings are both tied as my personal favorites!
Cara (@StylishGeek) says
I didn’t know Alexia sells sweet potato fries!!! My family and I love this and we will definitely give them a try!
Wow, the onion rings for the patty is such a great idea! I am going to have to try these onion rings and fries.
Pauline C. says
I usually have onion rings with burgers! I prefer it over fries but once in a while, I can’t stop myself from having French fries!
Nina Say says
Ooh yummy! My two year old got the entire family hooked on dips. I’ll definitely be trying this one.
I love Alexia fries! They are delicious and easy to make! Love this recipe!
michele d says
Love this brand. I buy them often and my family really enjoys it. In my opinion taste a lot better than those other brands. Thanks for the recipe.
Terri Ramsey Beavers says
I would love to check out these products and this brand. I’ll point to grab some onion rings and sweet potato fries when I go shopping. We <3 both and I love all natural products so this brand sounds promising.
Jocelyn McGaffic says
This meal looks fantastic. I love cowboy burgers and sweet potato fries. The veggie burger makes it healthier, that is great!
Kori Tomelden says
We try to cook almost everything from scratch but there are definitely days that we just don’t feel like doing it! Alexia sweet potato fries are one of my favorites.
Alexia is my go-to brand! Their onion rings and sweet potato fries are my favorite. I normally enjoy the fries with BBQ sauce or ketchup, but I wouldn’t mind trying out this sauce.
Dawn McAlexander says
I always enjoy a good vegetarian recipe. That burger looks fabulous! Thanks for sharing!
Both recipes look awesome! We love the Alexia onion rings around here!
Stephanie C. says
This looks so tasty! Love this idea! We also love Alexia.
Kelly Hutchinson says
What a clever way to get around the whole beef issue, which I have cut way down on We love the Alexia onion rings!
Ann Bacciaglia says
Sweet potatoes are my favorite side dish to make. I like to roast them in the oven with mixed vegetables . They are great in a stew as well. So many ways to enjoy them.
You had me a sweet potato fries! This sounds delicious. My husband loves the spicy stuff so he’d really get into the sirracha!
lisa @bitesforbabies says
I normally don’t buy frozen foods, especially fries because I find they’re so easy to make myself. However, these sound DELICIOUS!
We make them a lot ourselves too. But when its just me, working from home, and I need a quick lunch, this works. Homemade fries require more prep and attention.
I’m by no means the healthiest person, but I’m slowly trying to get myself on a gluten free diet. I actually make sweet potato fries very often in my household since everyone seems to love them. The blue ranch sauce is a fantastic idea though, I’ll have to set some aside next time.
Bonnie @ wemake7 says
We’ve tried these before and love them. Will have to try your recipes, they sound great!
Ashleigh Walls says
I love Alexia products, the only way I can get my kids to eat sweet potatoes. Great recipe!
Yona Williams says
Alexia makes really good products; I have tried several items in their line and have been pleased. I also use romaine leaves as a substitute for bread.
I am glad I was given the chance to try them. I will buy them again.
Tonia @TheChattyMomma says
This looks likes a delicious alternative to a traditional burger. I’ve never had a veggie burger. I’m a sucker for fries and onion rings.
They do have ‘grillers’ that are similar to grilled burgers. Pretty good.
That sounds great! Have you made your own ranch dressing? I prefer that t othe bottled ones and am sure it will be amazing with this meal. Thanks!
I have made my own ranch, blue cheese and Italian. For this I didn’t though just cause of a time commitment. And, I have been using a lot of vinegar and oil for my salads so I didn’t want dressing to go to waste.
This sounds fantastic. I love the Alexia onion rings. they are the only frozen rings I will eat.
I think they seem to be a really great product and will be something I would try again. I haven’t taken the time to make my own so this works out well.
That looks so delicious. I have so many days that I want to set it and forget it when it comes to dinner. I’m going to make this tonight.
valerie g says
those fries looks so good. i’m going to have to try them out.
I love these fries, and the sauce recipes sounds really good. I need to try it.
Candy O says
Alexia products are the bomb dot com at our house! We fell in love with the brand via their onion rings. Nom nom nom.
Angela Christoper says
My kids would love the fries than burger. This is really nice that way my kids eat veggies.
Erica @ The Crumby Cupcake says
I love the idea of putting onion rings on burgers! Alexa makes some pretty good stuff, too!
Jessica B.Woods says
I’m with you on the Sonic onion rings, lol! But, I also think Alexia ORs are just about the best oven-ready ones you can get. But, man…I need to try that sriracha dip! That sounds sooo good! Sharing this with my mom, who’s doing the low carb thing!