This Is The Ultimate Way To Prepare Onions

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Read this post to revolutionise the way you cook dinner. This will save you some serious time.

Here's how one woman made short work of onions. It all started with that ubiquitous and time-consuming recipe directive: First, caramelise an onion...

By 'one woman', I do, of course, mean me. And by 'caramelise an onion' I mean that thing I seem to have to do at the beginning of every home-cooked main meal or soup. Is there any savoury dish that doesn't benefit from the initial frying of an onion?

Unfortunately, peeling, chopping and carefully browning an onion takes time. It can add at least 15 minutes to the start of any cooking process. That could sometimes be enough to put me off cooking from scratch, especially if I was in a rush. Until now.

Blueberry and Apple Deliciousness - Vegan Breakfast Bowl

As yummy breakfasts go, this ticks a lot of boxes.

Quick to prepare? Yep.

Delicious to eat? Of course. Life's too short for boring food.

Healthy? You bet. But not brown and bland. Definitely not brown and bland.

Whole-food plant-based? Isn't that what this is all about?!

Vegan? Yes yes yes!

And if you're doing the Daily Dozen thing, you've got at least six checkmarks on your list. Six! In one bowl!

Here's what I've got in there:

  • 1 portion of rolled oats
  • 1 portion of blueberries (mine were frozen - in the picture they are defrosting gently at room temperature)
  • 1 portion of apple
  • 1 portion ground almonds
  • 1 tbsp milled flaxseed
  • 1/4 tsp turmeric
What counts as a portion?

Then I added some cold water to mush it up a bit (technical term!) and make it pleasant to eat. You could use your preferred plant-based 'milk' or fruit juice or cold tea for this too.

Substitutions?

Want to change things a bit? You could try using different whole-grain cereals, such as jumbo oats or puffed wheat instead of the rolled oats. Obviously you can use whatever fruit you prefer. Instead of ground almonds you could use flaked almonds (toasted flaked almonds work really well). Ground hazelnuts are also really tasty in this mix.

Here's another version of a Daily-Dozen-boosting vegan breakfast that I made recently.

Use what you've got, use your imagination, ring the changes and remember that eating is an adventure, not a chore.

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