Food & Recipe of the Month: Oil-Free Onion Rings

Care of Andrea Howe, of glowingongreens.com  Onions may not be something to cry over after all! A member of the allium family, these vegetables have been consumed for centuries due to their rich flavours and medicinal properties. Onions can be incorporated into almost every savoury dish for a boost of flavour, colour, and health benefits. They have been linked to cancer prevention, especially stomach and colorectal due to being rich in organosulfur compounds. Additionally, they contain vitamin C which is an antioxidant that prevents free radical damage. Studies show that men with the highest intake of allium vegetables had a lower risk of prostate cancer, potentially due to its high antioxidant and fibre levels. Along with these amazing benefits, onions contain folate which may help reduce depression. It aids in blood and nutrients to flow to the brain and release of serotonin, dopamine, and norepinephrine. So, onions will not only taste delicious, but they’ll make you feel amazing! Oil-Free Onion Rings Ingredients: – 2 large yellow onions – ½ cup flour – 2/3 cup non-dairy milk – ½ tsp paprika – ½ tsp garlic powder – ½ tsp salt – 1 cup bread crumbs… Read More

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Extra onions please!

Care of Amy Symington A part of the allium family, along with its pungent cousin garlic, the onion is the often overlooked but most highly utilized vegetable in the world. As a fibrous, low glycemic food, onions have a bounty of health benefits to boast about. Firstly, they contain an organic sulfurous compound known as allicin which has been shown to exhibit antibacterial, antiviral and antifungal activity. Sulphuric compounds like allicin have also been shown to play a key role in reducing the risk of cardiovascular disease, minimizing blood cholesterol levels and promoting immune function. In addition, onions have a high level of the flavonoid quercetin, which due to its high antioxidant activity reduces inflammation and free radical damage, in turn minimizing the risk of certain types of cancer.  Even eating a few servings per week (e.g. ½ a small onion = 1 serving) has shown promising results specifically for colon and ovarian cancers. Health benefits aside, let’s also not forget how deliciously versatile onions are.  They are the chameleon of all vegetables!  They are the beginning of every good stock, soup or stew and the end of all sandwich and salad classics. From caramelized onions, onion relish, and onion bhaji to… Read More

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