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French Onion Dip

In our homemade version of French onion dip, we simmer chopped onions in broth and use reduced-fat sour cream and yogurt for the familiar rich and creamy flavor. All told, our version has 12 grams less fat and nearly 50 percent less sodium per serving than the original.

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Sautéed Brussels Sprouts with Bacon & Onions

Fresh herbs, onion and bacon pair beautifully with Brussels sprouts. This vegetable loves the cool weather of fall and early winter. If you can find them still attached to the stalk, don’t be intimidated—buy them, as they’re likely more fresh. All you need to do is slice off each sprout with a paring knife. However you find them at the market, this is a delicious way to prepare them. (Recipe adapted from The Art of Simple Food by Alice Waters.)

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Sweet Potato, Red Onion & Fontina Tart

Try this roasted-vegetable free-form tart as an appetizer or side dish for a special dinner or as a vegetarian main dish. The pastry dough is very forgiving and quite easy to roll out on parchment paper or a nonstick baking mat. The walnut-studded crust is crisper served warm, but you can enjoy the tart at room temperature or cold too.

» Sweet Potato, Red Onion & Fontina Tart

Creamed Onions

A holiday staple in many households, creamed onions are usually bathed in a rich white sauce made with heavy cream. In this version, we roast the onions for an added layer of flavor and lighten up the sauce with low-fat milk. The result is a luxuriously silky sauce with a sweet roasted onion flavor for far fewer calories and less fat. We like the smaller size of pearl onions, but boiling onions also work well.

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Onion Rings

We couldn’t get enough of these crunchy onion rings in the EatingWell Test Kitchen. Try any seasoning blend that you have on hand to add flavor to the breading or substitute 1 teaspoon salt instead. Seasoned whole-wheat breadcrumbs are available in some supermarkets and natural-foods stores. If you can find them, try them in place of the plain breadcrumbs and seasoning blend.

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Baked Chicken with Onions & Leeks

Baking pieces of chicken is one of the easiest ways to put a meal on the table for your family. This mustard-glazed chicken is roasted on a bed of sliced onions, leeks and garlic that you can serve alongside it.

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French Onion Beef Tenderloin

We took the comforting flavors of French onion soup and turned them into an easy bistro-style steak dinner. Tender filet mignon gets smothered with sweet caramelized onions and topped by a crispy, Swiss cheese-covered crostini. To double this recipe use 2 large skillets and prepare one 4-serving recipe in each. Serve with green beans and mashed potatoes with buttermilk and chives.

» French Onion Beef Tenderloin


Whether chopped, sliced or caramelized, onions are a healthy addition to virtually any savory meal. Onions add flavor without adding many extra calories to your favorite main course, side dish or appetizer, and also help enhance the flavors of other ingredients in your meal. Try our lightened-up version of Onion Rings for a healthy appetizer or snack, or our French Onion Soup for a comforting and hearty dinner in a bowl.

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If you are frying them its quite sipmle. There should be enough oil in the pan about 1/3 to almost 1/2 way full so it doesn't go everywhere (use a splatter guard if you have one too). The oil is ready when you put a wooden spoon in it (handle side down) and bubbles form around the edge. Once the chicken is breaded, simply toss it in. As long as your nuggets aren't ginormous they should really only take about 3 minutes per side. Or if your pan is huge, they will float to the top of the oil when ready. Have a meat thermometer? 165 -170 for poultry. Enjoy. Was this answer helpful?

Anonymous

09/24/2012 - 10:55pm

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