Yes, onion is a superfood. They are high in flavonoid antioxidant and quercetin so they boost your immune-system and are anti-inflammatory (think garlic-family), anti-bacterial, help fight cancer, they are detoxing for the liver, and… great for sugar-cravings. Onion also has cardio-vascular benefits, great for your hair and skin, and helps fight aging in more ways than one. Rumor has it you could live to be 100 if you eat onion every day. Of course this is not my promise to you, but… why not add it anyway.
It is one of my favorite foods and in my book “EAT TO FEEL FULL, and nourish yourself for good”, onion it one of the foods I single out as something to eat on a daily basis to help master your appetite and cravings.
So onion is your new medicine in a bowl.
• 1 chopped sweet onion (small)
• 1 large dried shiitake mushroom
• 2-3 sage leaves (optional)
• 1 teaspoon of ground black peppercorn
• Sea salt
• 1 teaspoon of miso
• 2 cups of water
Add everything, except the miso, into a pot with 2 cups of water per serving. Bring to a boil and simmer for 30 minutes until onions are soft. Add miso right before serving and extra salt to taste. Use sweet white miso or dark savory miso. However, miso is optional. Without miso, you may need to add more spices and salt. (Cooked onions are both sweet and savory, and have the ability to not only help balance blood-sugar but to also help you master sugar cravings. As a superfood, onions helps boost your immune system, which makes them great during in the winter.)
Also see my food column about “hygge” and Nordic Nourishment for ASPIRE DESIGN AND HOME MAGAZINE.