Onions

GOOD STUFF TO KNOW ABOUT ONIONS

There are folks out there who say they don’t like onions, but it might be because of that fear of onion eyes (remedies for Onion-Burning Eye Syndrome are listed under “Cooking and Eating Tips”). Onions are extremely good for you! They are low in calories and high in fiber and vitamin C, with many trace minerals and other vitamins, too. Besides sources of apples and tea, the flavonoid called quercetin is found in onions, and is a reputable antioxidant. Quercetin helps the body to eliminate free-radicals (clingy junk that damages cells) in the body, fight heart disease and cholesterol build-up, and inactivate chelate metals that build up in the blood (such as iron), among other things. Onions could keep you from developing ulcers, even! Current research on onions shows it might help to increase bone density, as well as thin blood–thus preventing strokes and heart-attacks. Don’t you just want to take a bite into an onion right now? Well, first check out some recipes here.

STORAGE TIPS

Store onions in a cool dark place with a temperature between 40-50 F. degrees. Got some old pantyhose that you’ve been wondering how to use with food? Store your onions in them, divided from each other by knots. This way they can ‘breathe’ and release moisture. Onions are capable of retaining their taste and nutritiousness up to ten months. Yup, that’s right. Onions can last longer than a school year. Now check out a ton of recipes that will incorporate your favo veggie, The Onion!

RECIPES

Asian Peanut Noodle Salad
Asian Slaw
Braised Apples, Roasted Acorn Squash & Fresh Thyme
Baked Zucchini Sticks with Onion Dip
Braised Red Cabbage with Caraway
Broccoli-Cauliflower Salad w/Blue Cheese & Sunflower Seeds
Broccoli Salad
Brussels Sprout Hash
Butternut Squash & Pancetta Pie
Butternut Squash Vindaloo
Cabbage and Noodles
Carmelized Onions
Carrots with Raisins & Dates
Chicken in Chili Verde
Chile Rellenos
Chunky Pasta Sauce with Kale & Bell Peppers
Cornbread Skillet
Creamy Celeriac & whatever Soup
Creamy Fresh Tomato Basil Soup
Creamy Parsnip Soup
Cucumber and Lemon Balm Salad
Cucumber & Sweet Onion Salad w/Greek Yogurt
Cucumber & Sweet Pepper Salad w/Capers & Fresh Sage
Cucumber Yogurt Mint Salad
Dijon New Potato & Green Bean Salad
Dragon Tongue Beans with Caramelized Onions
Frisee Endive Salad
Ginger Squash Soup
Golden Gratin of Carrots, Rutabagas & Turnips w/Sage
Greek Salad
Green Beans, Cilantro & Almond Salad
Greens & Bean Stuffed Winter Squash
Greens, Beans & Carmelized Onions
Heirloom Tomato & Fresh Mozzarella Salad
Honey & White Wine Braised Vegetables
Indian Cucumber Raita
Kale Salad w/Pickled Red Onions & Peaches
Lebanese Chard & Bean Salad
Lots of Greens & Sweet Potato Soup
Mashed Sweet Potatoes w/Thyme & Caramelized Onion
Mediterranean Beet Salad
Middle Eastern Chard with Yogurt
Napa Cabbage Salad
Napa Cabbage Salad with Mint
Nettle Omelette
Parsnip Latkes (pancakes)
Pico de Gallo
Potato Salad, New York Style
Ratatouille
Red Potato Colcannon
Refrigerator Pickles (bread & butter type)
Roasted Butternut Squash with Fresh Herbs
Roasted Salsa on the Grill
Roasted Squash with Collards
Roasted Summer Vegetables with Fresh Sage
Roasted Tomato and Corn Salsa
Roasted Tomato Soup w/Sweet Peppers
Savoy Cabbage Dolmas
Savory Strawberry Rhubarb Compote
Savory Sweet Potato Pancakes
Southern Greens
Southwestern Skillet
Spanish Potato Tortilla
Spicy Corn Relish
Spicy Quinoa Filling for Stuffed Peppers & Summer Squash
Spicy Southwest Red Cabbage Salad
Spinach, Beet & Fennel Salad
Squash and Kale Soup
Squash Feta Casserole
Squash Soup with Thyme & Sumac
Succotash
Summer Vegetable Saute with Balsamic Dates
Sweet & Sour Braised Cabbage
Sweet Pickled Onion & Beauty Heart Radish Salad
Sweet Potato Chili
Tempura Vegetables
Thyme Roasted Chicken w/Fall Vegetables
Tomato & Olive Bruschetta
Tuscan Zucchini Pie
Wilted Greens in Hot Bacon Dressing
Winter Root vegetable Au Gratin
Winter Vegetable Fried Rice
Zucchini & Pepper Frittata
Zucchini Basil Soup

Cooking & Eating Tips

So you’ve been wondering what the cure for Onion-Burning Eye Syndrome is, and at last, here are a bunch of ideas. The Parisians say to put a piece of bread in your mouth and let it hang out while chopping. Try wetting the knife before cutting into an onion. Chill the onion first. The Famous Alton Brown says to cut near an open flame (careful!). Most logically, use a very sharp knife, and keep the cut sides of onions facing the cutting board or away from you. OR have a friend or loved one cut the onion instead. Why not just succumb to the tears, because you have found a safe place to cry? Just kidding.