Peel and slice them and cook slowly (30-45 minutes), over a low heat in 2 tbslps of oil. Keep stirring them every few minutes and make sure they don’t catch. If they look like they might, add a couple of tblsps of water. That’s it, all done.
Long, slow cooking caramelises the sugars and brings out the sweetness of onions, enabling them to be used as a condiment. We don’t have any other flavourings available in Meal Plan 2, and the onions are delicious just as they are.
However, if you have flavourings in your larder, it will be worth experimenting, or ringing the changes. A bit of butter, balsamic vinegar or a tblsp of muscovado will all help deepen the flavour. Or perhaps a few thyme leaves, or bay, or possibly rosemary infused in with the cooking onions.
For meal plan 2, use your onions throughout the week to add flavour wherever you want it. Add a spoonful in your lentil soup, or add a little to the pasta or stuffed pancakes, use as a side with the Tomato Dahl. If you’re not following the meal plan, they can be used to flavour hoummous, in onion tarts and are simply delicious as a sandwich filling with cheese or cold meats.
These feature in Meal Plan 2, a complete 7 day plan for 2 adults. Contains 3 meals a day, plus snacks , all recipes and a shopping list
Take care of your family and your budget
Before putting together the meal planners, Lesley surveyed what was needed. Of the existing 14 budget meal plans, most are cheap meals for 2 people so can be sized up or down. Others are cheap family meals for 4 people, or meals for one