My sister once told me she hates all vegetables. I think she was thirteenish, but a lot of adults have this same feeling. While my sister has since figured out this isn’t true, that indeed at the time she had not even tried all the vegetables on the planet Earth. She is now a lover of Brussels sprouts and loves to eat broccoli and cauliflower with ranch and many other veggies. She had to try, as I did, vegetables cooked many different ways to find recipes she likes. I will walk you through my process for one of the veggies I hate, which I have to say is only a couple. Then every so often I will focus on one vegetable and the different cooking methods you can try that make it taste differently than another cooking method.
I really hate onions. Watching someone put raw onions on their burger, or top a salad with red onions just makes me want to gag a little. Sometimes if I buy a salad and it has red onions on it, if I forget to remove them before putting it in the fridge I can’t eat it the next day. It is like the onions contaminate the rest of the salad. My parents used to love getting pizza with onions on it, and I hated that too.
I remember one day I went to a brunch at my Aunts and I teared up a little because she always makes a 7 layer salad that looks delicious. Everything she makes is yummy. I never get to eat this salad because it is filled with green onions. It is one of those salads that sits over night in the fridge. But this brunch, she left onions out of part of it for me. The idea that she specifically thought of me and my “special whiny baby needs” was overwhelmingly thoughtful. I was so excited to try the salad, and it was amazingly tasty.
I have had an aversion to them since I was “knee high to a grasshopper,” but recently I went on an expedition to figure out if I could eat them in something so I can get the vitamins they provide. The funny thing my husband pointed out is that I love salsa. I will eat some salsa like it is the last bit of food on the planet, and most if not all salsas have onions, raw onions which to me is the worst. It is the texture, not the taste necessarily. I hate the crunchiness of it, and if the salsa is heavy in onions I will not eat it. However, if a salsa has an equal amount of onions and other crunchy things then it is like they are evaporated into the salsa.
I put onions in my spaghetti sauce. I grate them so I get the flavor, but not the crunchiness of them. I have figured out that I can eat them the sneaky way. If I don’t know there is onions, or they aren’t a physical obvious presence in a recipe I have no problem. I have done that with casseroles and soups. I also like onion bread, because the onions are soft and malleable.
Lastly I figured out, that I love onions on the grill, prepared in a specific way. If you put an onion cut up with olive oil and herbs in some foil wrap and set it on the coils for a long time, then it becomes soft and brown and yummy.
I was pretty proud of myself for continuing to try them. I remember trying onions in my teen years and making the ugliest face, and my Dad getting angry with me. It was my unwillingness to give it a chance that frustrated him. I think that it is important when it comes to my health that I start being willing to try anything vegetable related so that I can get the vitamins necessary for good health. I am proud of my sister for doing the same. Culinary courage will take us a long way on this quest to be healthy.
Do you have any good recipes for onions, or any ways onions can be cooked that I haven’t thought about?