Erin McFarland
October 25, 2013

We have something to tell you. Those who lack self-control (tell me I’m in good company) should divert your eyes and grab an apple. Today is National Greasy Food Day! Double bacon cheeseburgers and deep-fried candy bars for all!

Just kidding. Don't go crazy. Instead of racing to the nearest drive-thru, try making a lighter option in your own kitchen. You'll get all the sinfully addictive flavor without being knocked off your feet by outlandish calorie consumption. Whether you choose to harness full flavor in a smaller size or alter your favorite recipes, you can achieve a deep-fried inspired dish without ending in a queasy mess of regret.

Caramelized Onion-and-Blue Cheese Mini BurgersLet's call them fun-sized. Indulge in a combination of blue cheese, arugula, caramelized onion, and ground sirloin for less than 200 calories a pop.

Mini DonutsThree adorable donuts will set you back less than 300 calories. You get all my respect if you can stop at one.

Mini Panamanian Beef Empanadas RecipeYes they're fried, but smaller size yields a more satisfying crunch. This might mean you can walk away after a reasonable amount.

Garlic FriesThe secret to keeping these fries under control is baking them, then tossing with a small amount of butter and garlic once they've been removed from the oven.

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