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Caramelized Onion Greek Yogurt Dip

New Year's resolutions. It seems that most people are either die-hard resolution fanatics, or they don't care at all.   IMG_2839   I'm definitely in the latter group. My past attempts at resolutions have always left me feeling guilty  when I end up not succeeding. So, I consider myself as a 'work in progress' all year long, not just on January 1st. The most common resolution is to lose weight, or start eating healthier. While I could never give up my beloved sweets, I do prioritize a healthy, balanced diet. (Though you might not know it if you took a peek into my freezer and saw my ice cream stash.)   IMG_2837   Today's recipe is a lightened up version of a classic snack food - french onion dip with chips. Caramelized Onion Greek Yogurt Dip takes french onion dip to a new, more sophisticated level. Real caramelized onions in the dip? Absolutely! Much of the fat is lost when sour cream is swapped out for ultra thick & creamy Greek yogurt.   IMG_2836   Double bonus if you serve it up with fresh-cut veggies instead of in addition to chips. Start by caramelizing the onions. Dice up two onions - one sweet & one red - into small pieces. Try to avoid crying waterfalls.   IMG_2826     Throw them into a pot, along with some olive oil, butter, and salt. Cooking them low and slow is the key to sweet, caramelized perfection. Mine took about 50 minutes, start to finish. The nice thing is that you don't have to babysit them... Fold a load of laundry, take a minute to stir the onions. Unload the dishwasher, take a break to stir the onions. Once the onions are caramelized, set them aside to cool for a bit.  

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  Meanwhile, combine plain Greek yogurt with salt, pepper, and garlic powder. If you've never had Greek yogurt, you are missing out! It's a much thicker version of regular yogurt, and has a very high protein count. The consistency is very similar to sour cream, with a lot less fat and calories.  

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  Once the onions are cool, stir them into the Greek yogurt mixture. Taste, and adjust seasonings if necessary.   IMG_2842   Serve with chips and/or veggies! ______________________________________________________________________________________________________

Caramelized Onion Greek Yogurt Dip

Servings/Yield: About 3 cups dip
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • ½ tablespoon butter
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • 1 medium sweet onion, chopped
  • 1 medium red onion, chopped
  • 2 teaspoons brown sugar
  • 2 cups plain Greek yogurt
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon pepper
  • ¼ teaspoon garlic powder
Method Heat olive oil and butter in a large saute pan over low heat until melted. Add onions and 1/4 teaspoon salt. Cook, on low, stirring every 5-10 minutes for about 45-50 minutes total, until onions are caramelized and sweet. Stir in brown sugar; cook 5 minutes more. Remove onions from heat and let cool. Combine Greek yogurt with onions, salt, pepper, and garlic powder until smooth. Refrigerate until serving. Serve with kettle chips and/or sliced veggies. Source: How Sweet It Is  

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