March 24, 2014

Caramelized Onion Dip


There is a concept of karma that states that whatever energy a person puts out into the world, it will be returned to them three times (or three-fold). I like to think that good things happen in patterns. At least it always seems that there is a momentary lull and then things happen quickly in succession. In this instance, there are three major things happening in my life right now: getting married, planning an epic honeymoon "down under" and moving to a brand new city.  


In writing, the rule of threes is a way of making information easier to follow, funnier and more satisfying. Think "Goldilocks and the Three Bears" and the "Three Little Pigs." On Friday, we went to city hall to apply for our marriage license and had lunch at Rock Au Taco in London where I had three little, but mighty tacos: one was spicy with pork; the other was hearty with beans; and the last was full of fried fish and just right. 

Rock Au Taco London Ontario

Rock Au Tacos, London Ontario

There are also three reasons why I want to get and stay fit for the next little while: wedding (obviously), looking good on the beach on vacation and my 10-year high school reunion. I thought 10-year reunions were only cheesy things I saw in movies, but I got invited to one recently for my high school thanks to the magic of Facebook--the ever useful way to keep in touch with old friends. This was me 10 years ago right before the prom (pictured third from the left). 10 years ago my life was about having fun, trying to fit in and working hard. Now, life is still somewhat about those things and much more. 10 years later I don't have to worry about whether boys like me or not because I am marrying the absolute best one. 


So to eat healthy and stay in good shape before all of these fabulous things, I have banished snack foods and my favourite cracker chips and replaced them with fruits and vegetables. I also learned that it is also much easier to actually stick to eating them as snacks if they are already pre-cut and washed and sitting in a container ready for me to eat. You need some dip with all of those vegetables though and I learned this great, easy recipe from my Mother-in-law-to-be. When we went over there the other week, I thought I was eating all of my calories for the day by dipping. Little did I know that it was actually guilt-free greek yoghurt and caramelized onions. That's all it is. 


Caramelized onion dip

Caramelized onion dip

1/2 a tub of Greek yoghurt (200-250g)
1 onion
1 tbsp butter
1 dash of worcestershire sauce or balsamic vinegar

Directions:

Slice the onions into longer pieces instead of chopping them. Add the butter to a pan on medium heat and add the onions. I also like to add a touch of sugar to start the caramelization process. Let the onions slowly cook for about 30 minutes and add a dash of worcestershire sauce or baslamic vinegar near the end.

caramelized onions

If you're wondering how to perfect caramelized onions. this tutorial nicely explains the process. The key is to use butter instead of olive oil and let them cook for a long time. This process is different than sauteeing them normally and the goal is to get them soft and a rich, brown colour. 

caramelized onions and greek yoghurt

Let the onions cool and add them to the greek yoghurt. Eat right away or let the dip set for a few hours or even a day to let the flavours and onions meld together. That cute little accessory for my mason jar is a Cuppow by the way. The lunchbox adapter makes it so easy and convenient to take snacks on the go, especially vegetables and dip. 

Remember the old school method of making onion dip by adding onion soup mix to sour cream? I sure do, and the old school way of eating it was also with Ruffles chips. I hope I eat a lot more vegetables than I did back then and have learned a lot more about eating and living. That was so 10 years ago. 

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