You are having friends coming over dinner, and still cannot decide about the menu, continue reading and find out what we are suggesting you to offer.
In these winter days the best thing to offer is a warm soup in a combination with a healthy, colorful salad. Although it is a soup it is not prepared quickly which does not mean that the preparation is difficult it just needs time to rest, and when the time for combination of the ingredients comes, the preparation is really quick.
It is based on the use of onions which are very healthy and nutritious. This veggie in fact is a potent natural antibiotic which can boost the immunity that we highly need in the upcoming cold winter days. The consumption of onions will boost your health in so many ways and prevent the occurrence of various diseases and illnesses.
Here it is what Victoria Jarzabkowski, a well-known nutritionist at the Fitness Institute of Texas at the University of Texas at Austin states, quoting:
“Onions are super-healthy. They are excellent sources of vitamin C, sulphuric compounds, flavonoids, and phytochemicals.”
Further on, she states the following notions:
“I like to recommend eating onions because they add flavor without salt and sugar. Onions are low in calories (45 per serving), very low in sodium, and contain no fat or cholesterol. Furthermore, onions contain fiber and folic acid, a B vitamin that helps the body make healthy new cells. “
A Recipe of aSlow Cooker French Onion Soup
3 lbs yellow onions, julienned
2 tablespoons of unsalted organic, grass-fed butter
8 cups of beef broth or vegan broth
2 tablespoons of an extra virgin olive oil
2 sprigs of fresh thyme
A quarter cup of balsamic vinegar
2 ½ teaspoons of kosher salt
Freshly ground black pepper
1 ⅓ to 2 cups grated Gruyere cheese or nutritional yeast ( the right measure is ⅓ cup per bowl)
4 to 6 whole grain or gluten-free baguette slices, toasted (you should use 1 slice per bowl)
For the preparation of this delicious onion soup you will need to use a slow cooker. Set it on low, and cook the onions, olive oil, butter, black pepper, and salt for 10 to 12 hours. It is best to cook during the night, and in the morning add the broth (either beef or vegetable), thyme, and balsamic vinegar. Cover it and continue to cook for 6 to 8 hours more.
When the cooking part has finished, it starts the baking part. For that purpose, you need to preheat the oven at 350 degrees Fahrenheit, and with a spoon place the soup into oven-safe bowls.
Place the bowls on a baking sheet, cover each bowl with a baguette slice and on top put either the cheese or nutritional yeast, and like that bake for 30 minutes.
When the cheese turns brown, remove the bowls from the oven, and after 5 minutes serve them to your guests.