Let’s face it, we don’t always want to eat salad or other nutritious foods because it feels sometimes like eating cardboard. But we know 5 ways onions make your food better. That way, you can get the full nutritional effect and some taste.
Onions deliver many different tastes depending on how they’re used or cooked. They are crunchy and zingy when you eat them raw. Onions add mild flavors when they are sautéed. When caramelized they are super sweet, and you can use the naturally occurring sugars in them to blend them into onion recipes without anyone noticing. When you pickle them, they take on an entirely new flavor while keeping their crunch.
Taste aside, onions are incredibly nutritious
Onions also are incredibly healthy. One medium onion is naturally fat, sodium and cholesterol free, contains 12 percent of your daily fiber needs, and 20 percent of your daily Vitamin C needs. They contain guy healthy prebiotics, and heart-healthy nutrients to keep your ticker strong, keep diabetes at bay, and helps stave off some cancers. Women may be interested in to know a recent study showed a diet strong in onions and garlic reduced the risk of breast cancer. Researchers in 2020 found that a diet rich in flavonoids — commonly found in onions — can reduce the risk of developing Alzheimer’s. Read more here.
5 ways onions make your food better explained
- Diced onions are ubiquitous. There are several ways to eat onions raw. Use them in salads, omelets, or even add them to canned beans or vegetables. Our favorite: Dice a full onion into a can of green beans with a couple of cloves of minced or chopped garlic. Your boring old can of beans turns into a delightful and healthy vegetable treat.
- Pickled onions are deceptive. They add an incredible amount of tang and crunch when pickled. Try them on tacos and in salads. Or try this Tandoori Shrimp Flatbread with Pickled Onion.
- When you can take the time to caramelize onions right, they make the perfect addition to any meats you roast or fry. Caramelized onions make a great base for dips, sauces, even ice cream. Start by caramelizing your onions, then blend them in with ingredients to add a sweet and hearty onion flavor. Try our Caramelized Sweet Onion Hummus and find out how much you end up liking caramelized onions. Or try this nachos recipe for a really interesting use of onions.
- Fried onions. You just can’t go wrong with onion rings or onion petals. Fry them or bake them to save calories to make a much better accompaniment to your cookouts or burger nights. Try this recipe for Root Beer Onion Rings and you’ll be hooked.
- Stuffed onions. There’s nothing better than being able to serve a meal wrapped in something edible. We have some stuffed onion recipes that will make your mouth water — Sweet n Sour Style
or this Roasted Greek Stuffed Red Onion Serve these up and watch your friends wonder in amazement how you became such a talented cook.
Here’s a great guide to changing up how your onion tastes with simply time and heat.