Baked Onion Rings

Onions are so wonderful.  They are healthy, delicious and so very versatile.   If an onion is frying, you know that dinner is on the way because of the wonderful aroma that fills your home.

When I was first married, I was always trying to be the “perfect Proverbs 31” wife.  I  wanted to have dinner at least started before my husband came home.  I  wanted the house to smell good for him as well.  I still do….but I have a lot more on my list these days…like finishing lessons, cleaning up books, and putting projects away before he arrives.  Well anyway, back in my early married years,  If I did not have anything ready for dinner, I’d just begin frying an onion so that at least when my husband entered the house smelled good to him.   Most of the time I’d think of something to make that began with an onion!

Onions have a variety of medicinal effects. Early American settlers used wild onions to treat colds, coughs, and asthma, and to repel insects. In Chinese medicine, onions have been used to treat angina, coughs, bacterial infections, and breathing problems. Onions contain a number of sulfides similar to those found in garlic which may lower blood lipids and blood pressure. In India, communities that never consumed onions or garlic had blood cholesterol and triglyceride levels substantially higher, and blood clotting times shorter, than the communities that ate liberal amounts of garlic and onions. Onions are a rich source of flavonoids, substances known to provide protection against cardiovascular disease. In light of all of this information, perhaps we should make an extra effort to add more onions in our diets.  I hope you will like this easy recipe for baked onion rings.
1/4 – 1/2 cup  flour
2 egg whites
2 tbsp skim milk
1/2-1 cup plain Panko Bread crumbs(Japanese Bread crumbs)
salt & Pepper
Preheat oven to 450 degrees and grease  a large baking sheet

In one bowl, place flour. In another, mix together egg white and milk with a fork. In a third bowl, place Panko.

Dust onion rings with flour until coated thoroughly. Then, dip in egg white mixture. Next, cover in Panko making sure there is a nice coating. Place in a single row on your baking sheet and bake for 10 minutes, or until golden brown.  Enjoy!

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