I have been following Catherine McCord’s site, Weelicious, for quite some time now. She always has such colorful, interesting recipes for kid-friendly food. In her newest cookbook, Weelicious Lunches, she focuses on easy, healthy and fun lunch ideas, made with fresh, organic ingredients, which is something that’s very important to me and my family. This book is full of tips on how to get even so-called “picky” eaters to enjoy healthy food. There are lots of strategies included for packing school lunches that will satisfy all of your child’s senses, thus encouraging them to be more adventurous with what they choose to eat. She includes a lot of recipes that feature Greek yogurt, which is something that both she and I agree is a pantry staple. I always have it on hand – you can do so much with it, in both sweet and savory applications. There are so many drool-worthy recipes in this book that are sure to make the whole family happy.
I have lots of recipes bookmarked already, but I chose this Caramelized Onion Dip first because it looked nice and easy for a busy weeknight, only had a few ingredients, and was something that would appeal to my toddler’s love for dipping food into different sauces. This recipe was absolutely fantastic! It was very easy to put together, and the end result almost tasted like rich, French onion soup, but without any of the guilt! My only complaint about it, other than the fact that next time I’ll double or triple the quantities for the 3 of us, is that in my experience, it never takes only 15 minutes to caramelize onions. So make sure you give yourself plenty of time to let them cook down and get nice and sweet. I served this dip with raw broccoli, cauliflower and baby carrots alongside some Chicken and Curried Cauliflower Salad Sandwiches.
Caramelized Onion Dip
Weelicious Lunches – Catherine McCord
Makes 1 cup
2 tablespoons olive oil
1 large white onion, chopped
1 large clove garlic, chopped
1/2 cup plain Greek yogurt
1/2 teaspoon salt
Optional Accompaniments: celery, radishes, sugar snap peas, carrots, crackers, or pita chips
1. Heat the oil in a sauté pan over low to medium heat. Add the onions and garlic, and cook for 15 minutes, stirring occasionally, until the onions are soft, golden, and slightly mellowed. Set the onions aside to cool.
2. Place all the ingredients in the bowl of a food processor and pulse to finely chop and combine.
3. Chill and serve.
Big Flavors Rating: 5 Stars
And now, for the giveaway! Stonyfield has teamed up with Weelicious to offer my readers a chance to win a free copy of Weelicious Lunches plus a variety of Stonyfield coupons (valued at $30). All you need to do to win is leave a comment below telling me your favorite way to enjoy Greek yogurt. The contest will close on Tuesday, October 15, 2013 at 12 noon (Eastern Standard Time). Winner will be chosen via random.org and will be contacted via email to get mailing information. Good luck, everyone!
*Note: I received promotional items, but all opinions are 100% my own.
UPDATE – The winner has been selected via random.org – CONGRATS to Shelly!