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Yes, you read that right — caramelized onions WITHOUT the oil. Today we are going to share with you an easy and fuss-free way to ditch the oil and still achieve that deep and rich flavor!
As a part of our January Healthy Eating Challenge, Chris and I are trying out best to avoid refined and processed foods, including oil. With this, we are going to show you some tips and tricks during the month of January to avoid these foods with oil-free and refined sugar-free recipes! We have a few tips for you when caramelizing onions that will help you master this process on your first try
1. If you are unfamiliar with the process just keep in mind that this will take time. Grab yourself a tall glass of kombucha, turn on some music or invite someone to join you in the kitchen to keep you company as this is going to take around 20-30 minutes. 2. Keep in mind that you don’t need to adjust the heat during this process. You’ll be tempted to crank it up to speed things up, but medium-low is the way to go. 3. You’re aiming for a deep brown color and not golden/blonde. You’re going to be tempted to take the onions off early because they will smell SO DANG GOOD and look pretty cooked down, but you want to make sure that you don’t take them off too early— this is called “blonding” the onions (above) instead of actually caramelizing them (below). You will know that your onions are ready when they are a deep and rich brown color and have reduced significantly in size from where you started.4. When caramelizing onions without oil, only add more broth in once all of the previously added liquid has completely cooked off. This means that liquid should only be added once the pan is completely dry.That’s it! You are now ready to make caramelized onions without oil at home and we are SO excited for you to try this out because it will bring your recipes to a whole new level.
Now that you caramelized onions, what do you do with them?
- Use them to put together our Healthy Cream of Mushroom Soup (pictured above).
- Pop them into a sandwich– they work well in both our Thai Peanut Roasted Veggie Sandwich and our Vegan Meatball Sub Sandwich.
- Add them to a pizza.
- Put together our oil-free French Onion Dip— perfect for Super Bowl Sunday!
- Throw them into a burger — these are SO much better than regular old grilled onions. One of our favorite recipes on our blog is our Autumn White Bean & Pumpkin Veggie Burgers.
Nutrition facts label provided by Nutri Fox.
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