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Croutons add a delicious crunch to salads, but the carbs add up quickly. I substitute Fresh Gourmet Crispy Onions. The onions create a crunchy crouton vibe with fewer refined carbs.
The crispy onions taste like – no surprise – teeny onion rings. The nutrition stats are good for a processed “fun” food: One serving (1 1/2 tablespoons) serving of crispy onions contains three grams of unsaturated fat, (no palm oil) 4 grams of carbs and 40 calories.
The original flavor contains 15 mg. of sodium per serving; the onion pepper variety contains 40 mg.
Fresh Gourmet, based in Westlake CA., is on a roll with its crispy vegetable product line. First came onions. My supermarket now also carries Fresh Gourmet crispy jalapeños, crispy red peppers, crispy beets, crispy hatch chilies and crispy garlic. All vegetables are non GMO verified.
Other Uses for Crispy Onions
While the crispy onions aren’t health food, a small portion is a lower carb alternative to chips or pretzels. Since the garlic-pepper version is strongly flavored, a little goes a long way to satisfy a craving for crunch.
Green Bean Casserole Season Ahead
The signs of fall are just beginning, but the grocery stores are already promoting Thanksgiving. For many, green bean casserole with fried canned onions is a tradition on Turkey Day. Fresh Gourmet Crispy Onions would be an upgrade from the typical fried onions, most of which contain unhealthy palm oil.
Where to Buy/Cost
Fresh Gourmet Crispy Onions are widely available in supermarkets and some big box grocery stores. Price varies, but a 3.5 oz. bag runs about $3.