My Newest Addiction

I have fallen in love with something new and I want to share it with you.  This addiction has been a part of my life since I was a kid but it has finally showing up on a regular basis.  As a kid my mother used to put them on top of her hamburgers all the time and I thought nothing of it, that is until last week when I was visiting her in Charlotte and started making the dish and she reminded me.

What I am talking about is caramelized onions.  This simple to make addition to your meal is full of flavor, full of sweetness and health benefits.  I have been using red onions as opposed to white or yellow onions.  Red onions help lower blood-sugar glucose levels, lower your chances of colon cancer, strengthen bones, reduce inflammation and increase cardiovascular health.

So how have I been incorporating this great flavor in my diet?  I have been using them in breakfast and dinner.  Following are two recipes which use caramelized red onion and is what I ate this morning and what I will be eating tonight.

BREAKFAST – CARAMELIZED ONIONS AND EGG WHITES

Ingredients:  2 oz of red onion, 2 egg whites, 1 slice ezekiel bread, 1 tbsp fig preserve, 1 tbsp chili garlic paste, 1 tbsp olive oil

Servings: 1

Nutritional Information: 324 calories, 15g Fat, 0 cholesterol, 33g Carbs, 5g Fiber, 13g Protein

Nutritional Breakdown: 40% Carbs, 44% Fat, 16% Protein

Directions:

  1. Toast Ezekiel Bread on high (I keep the Ezekiel Bread in the freezer.)  When done flip over and toast on lowest setting.
  2. While bread is in toaster heat up olive oil and then add onions and cook until caramelized
  3. After bread is done spread the fig preserve and garlic chili paste
  4. Add a bit of salt to the onions as they start to brown to bring out the juices and allow for quicker caramelizing.
  5. Once done (about 10-15 minutes) spoon onions onto bread and add egg whites to same pan.
  6. After egg whites are done cooking add to other ingredients and enjoy.
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Egg Whites, Caramelized Onions, Fig Preserves, Garlic Chili Paste Breakfast Sandwich

DINNER – CARAMELIZED ONION PIZZA
Ingredients: 2 oz red onions, 4 roasted garlic cloves (diced), 1 cup mushrooms (chopped), 8 Kalamata Olives (rinsed and chopped), 1 oz vegan mozzarella cheese, 1/2 Wheat Naan
Nutritional Information: 471 calories, 32g Fat, 41g Carbs, 7g Fiber, 9g Protein
Nutritional Breakdown: 33% Carbs, 60% Fat, 7% Protein
Directions:
  1. Pre-heat up oven to 350*
  2. Cut top off of head of garlic and add salt then wrap in aluminum foil and place in oven to roast.
  3. While garlic starts roasting heat up olive oil to begin caramelizing of onions.
  4. Once olive oil is hot add in onions.
  5. Remove garlic from oven and squeeze out four cloves and mash with a fork.
  6. Spread cheese and garlic on top of Naan.
  7. Once onions begin to caramelize add in mushrooms and olives.
  8. Once the onions are done cooking spread mixture over top of cheese.
  9. Place pizza in oven for 5-10 minutes to allow the Naan to heat up and finish melting the cheese.
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Caramelized Onions, Roasted Garlic, Mushrooms and Olives Naan Pizza

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  • http://tridiesel.blogspot.com BDD

    You mean my favorite veggie…… pizza!!!

    I am loving fruit right now, helping me stay away from all the holiday baked goods

    BTW, I found two relating articles that is right up your alley of blogging

    http://www.nydailynews.com/life-style/health/exercise-labels-beat-calorie-counts-steering-consumers-junk-food-article-1.994327?localLinksEnabled=false

    http://www.everymantri.com/everyman_triathlon/2011/12/exercise-labels-are-better-at-keeping-teens-away-from-junk-food-researchers-say.html
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    • http://cooktraineatrace.com CTER

      HAHA! I’m not sure this qualifies as pizza b/c it doesn’t have tomato paste and thus not a vegetable…….ridiculous!

      So let me provide you with my lunch from yesterday that you may like. Two slices of toast, 1 tbsp of peanut butter, 1/2 tbsp honey, 1/2 medium banana (sliced), 3-4 thinly sliced pieces of apple, cinnamon.

      I put the cinnamon on top of the peanut butter/honey, then layered with banana, more cinnamon, then apple and more cinnamon. It was awesome.

      Thanks for the articles. From the titles alone I can’t wait to read them.

    • http://cooktraineatrace.com CTER

      I just read those articles and that is a great idea but just because we deter them from eating/drinking doesn’t necessarily mean they will start to get active. It has to somehow be a balance of both the reduction in empty calorie consumption and the increase in exercise that needs to happen.

      All that being said I do think this could be a step in the right direction.

  • http://cautionredheadrunning.blogspot.com Morgan

    I’m sorry, I just absolutely cannot get on board with anything involving onions. Blech.
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    • http://cooktraineatrace.com CTER

      Oh lady you need to caramelize them. It takes on a totally different flavor. Just like roasted garlic tastes completely different from raw or even sauteed garlic.

  • http://www.my140point6milejourney.blogspot.com kc

    Last night as we were doing our night ride (tour de hood), someone was going to town with the onions. At first glance at the picture with the onions in the jar, I thought you were going to say you were going to be on Fear Factor …looked a little like earthworms in a jar, sorry. now i’m so hungry for real food after reading this post. i cannot live without omelets, colby jack or extra sharp white cheddar cheese and spinach wraps.
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    • http://cooktraineatrace.com CTER

      Fear Factor would be a ton of fun.

      I have you to thank for my egg white ‘addiction’ as well. For about three weeks now I have been on the KC diet of egg whites practically every morning. So actually this breakfast is all you: figs and egg whites.

  • http://www.shutupandrun.net Shut Up and Run

    I like the sound of this savory treat. Carmelized onions are one of my favorite things. I would eat them on anything. I would have to add in the egg yolk. I love the yolks folks.
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  • http://milesmusclesmommyhood.blogspot.com MilesMusclesMom

    we’re gonna get along just fine…just fine!!
    :)
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  • http://marleneontherun.com marlene

    I didn’t eat onions for many years, but thankfully I have recently come around. Now I enjoy them but I’m stil pretty particular – and caramelized is definitely the way to go!

    Although that picture of all the onions in the glass jar looks like WORMS!!!
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  • http://mattheworavec.blogspot.com/ Matt Oravec

    oooooooo we heart oninions! cooked, raw, you name it we eat it!

    I will be parading your site frequently for cooking ideas and menus shortly :) So ignore the incessant blog hits you will be getting from Northeastern Ohio for a few weeks haha.
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  • http://www.caratunkgirl.com Mandy

    I LOOVE caramelized onions!!!
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  • http://climbingthosehills.blogspot.com/ Christina

    I like the taste of onions – umm…the first time. My problem lately is that I continue to taste them for hours on end. UGH! I had to give up on my go-to stir fry because the red onions lasted forever in my mouth. And I really struggle with ways to eat more vegetables. I need to get a bit more daring with my choices.
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  • http://www.seejenroerun.blogspot.com Jen

    YUM – thanks, both recipes look delish – I’m a big fan of caramelized onions I’m thinking I might make a big batch in advance and then just add them them to my egg whites in the morning, or my veggie burger at lunch. I would think they’d hold pretty well in the fridge for a few days, no?
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    • http://cooktraineatrace.com CTER

      A couple of days at most because the sugars can get funky after that. I would also think that when you re-heat them that you should do it on the stove top and not in the microwave.

  • http://50after40.blogspot.com Jim

    I’m usually down with 99% of what you make and recommend. That being said, if we ever share a meal together … please keep ALL onions to yourself please. That’s all.

  • http://www.runwithjill.blogspot.com Jill

    Oh good to know it was caramelized onions, when I first saw the picture I thought it was worms and that you were going to encourage us to eat them. I know many bugs have some great nutrients (grasshoppers are full of protein), but no way I’m eating a worm. Actually though, no way I’m eating an onion so may as well been a jar of worms! :)
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  • http://www.gearreviewsonline.com/park-tool-bike-repair-stand/ Sam

    Pickled Garlic. Koreans do it best. Compliments any meal. Almost adictive.

    Caramelized onions are good too. I concur. :-)
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  • http://www.shesaidineedagoal.com adena

    yup, going home to make a huge batch of these. I didn’t know about the whole red vs white/sweet so I’ll try it with red and toast my yummy breakfast, lunch and dinners to you!!!
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