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Winter here, winter there, winter-winter everywhere. We are somewhere in the middle, which I prefer to see as half over, almost through. So long season of hibernation.

Anything that screams “cozy” at this time of year is a welcome addition. And nothing screams “cozy” so well as a homemade, low-fat version of everybody’s favourite onion dip. So snuggle up football fans, and enjoy this treat as you huddle around the modern day version of the fireplace — the flat-screen TV. May your team win!

Meatballs with Caramelized Onion Super Dip

Meatballs with Caramelized Onion Super Dip

  • 1 lb lean ground beef
  • 1 c cooked quinoa (cook quinoa with a pinch of sea salt, then let it cool)
  • 3/4 c grated cheddar cheese
  • 1/2 c ricotta
  • 1 large zucchini, finely grated
  • 2 eggs
  • 3 scallions, finely chopped
  • 1 c chopped fresh spinach
  • 3 garlic cloves, minced
  • sea salt and freshly ground black pepper

Preheat oven to 400F. In a large bowl, combine all ingredients. Divide the batter into 3 dozen meatballs.

Meatballs with Caramelized Onion Super Dip

Cover a baking sheet with parchment. Bake the meatballs for 5 minutes, then turn the oven down to 350F and bake for 10 more minutes. Cut open a meatball to check that it is cooked through. Serve with Caramelized Onion Super Dip, extra quinoa and a multitude of fresh vegetables cut into spears. Serves 8.

Caramelized Onion Super Dip

Caramelized Onion Super Dip

  • 3 medium-sized yellow onions, thinly sliced
  • 2 shallots, thinly sliced
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 T olive oil
  • 1/4 t white pepper
  • 1 t sea salt (Start with less and add slowly to taste)
  • 1 c yogurt (1.5%)
  • 1 c low-fat sour cream (5%)

Heat the olive oil in a medium-sized frying pan over medium heat. Cook the onions, stirring frequently, for about 10 minutes or until they turn golden brown. Add the dry shallots at half time and the garlic at the last minute. Season with salt and pepper. Set aside to cool. Chop well.

Caramelized Onion Super Dip

Mix the yogurt and sour cream. Add in the onion mixture. Season to taste. Refrigerate for several hours before serving.

Meatballs with Caramelized Onion Super Dip

Meatballs with Caramelized Onion Super Dip Print Ready Recipe

Final notes:

  • My good friend, the fabulous cook Cheryl Levy, alerted me to the much loved Quinoa Burger recipe by Eating Well Living Thin that inspired this jittery version.
  • Quinoa exonerated! Great to see the flip side of this quinoa controversy.
  • A very big thank-you to Susan Martin for suggesting this Caramelized Onion Super Dip based on Alton Brown’s version. Susan also suggested “The Year of Living Biblically” by A. J. Jacobs. a NYT best seller that’s keeping me smiling ear to ear.
  • Have you taken at look at the Jittery Picks yet?
  • Here’s a little pre-Super Bowl advice for all you stay healthy wannabes:

Caramelized Onion Super Dip

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