Perfect Caramelized Onion Dip

Caramelized Onion Dip - Burpy

Caramelized Onion Dip – Burpy

Hosting a weekend grill for the friends? We have the perfect dip recipe. Try now-
INGREDIENTS
  1. 2 large yellow onions, thinly sliced
  2. 3 garlic cloves, minced
  3. 2 tablespoons butter
  4. 1 teaspoon salt
  5. 1 teaspoon black pepper
  6. 1/2 teaspoon paprika
  7. 1 (8oz) block cream cheese, softened
  8. 1/2 cup sour cream
  9. 1/2 cup mayo
  10. parsley, for garnish
INSTRUCTIONS:
  1. Heat a skillet over medium-high heat. Add the butter and allow it to melt. Throw in the sliced onions and minced garlic. Cook for several minutes, until softened. Season with a bit of salt and black pepper. (Just a few pinches of each). Lower the flame, and cook until caramelized, stirring constantly. Remove from heat.
  2. In a medium bowl, cream together the mayo, sour cream, and cream cheese. Season with a bit of salt, pepper and the paprika. Add the caramelized onions and stir until completely combined. Transfer to a bowl and garnish with fresh chopped parsley on the top. Serve with potato chips, and/or cut up veggies. Enjoy!
Can be stored in the refrigerator for upto 3 days.
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4 things to do with your kids this Summer

School’s out which means your children are already home. If like many others you are wondering how to keep them busy, here are some simple activities to try this summer vacation with your children-

Summer Vacation

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  • The Instagram Family: Well well well! Maybe you and your kids are already Instagram superstars. However, we do think it will be cute to have an online picture journal of your family’s summer adventure online. And what better than Instagram for this task. The filters are a sure way to up the glam. We say Lights, Camera, Instagram and memories :)
  • Backyard barbecues and picnic: This is not new, you probably already have plans of doing this. Try going ahead with themes. They are the most inexpensive way of upgrading a plain barbecue or backyard picnic. Innovation is the key here – include game stations, DIY booths, etc.
  • Experiment and record new recipes: Summer almost always brings the desire to try new recipes. Blame it on the festivity around us (we mean your kids). The next time you are experimenting in the kitchen include your kids in the task. Finally get around to baking the cookies or ice cream sandwich you have been holding off on. Your kids will be early learners and who knows maybe you will see them in Masterchef Junior soon. ;-)
  • Go Biking/ Hiking: Nature has a strange way of inspiring everyone. Do you
    remember the last time you willingly kept your iPad/laptop to bask in the sun or
    simply sit in the park to read a book? We strongly recommend biking in nature or hiking with the family. Be close to nature and embrace it.

Need supplies for the backyard barbecue or picnic. Have them delivered from your favorite store with Burpy.

Dinner hacks every millennial should master

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Today’s lifestyle takes a lot away from us. We are always busy, always running to the next thing. To make things easier for millennials, we have listed dinner kitchen hacks that sure to ease their life significantly –

  • Meal planning – Make this a chore, like everything you do, this should be part of your weekly routine. If you decide what you want to eat at 7.00 pm in the evening chances are you will be driven by your need to satisfy your hunger and not for meeting health goals. Plan your meals on the weekends, before you commence grocery shopping.
  • Meal preparation – On an average, a meal takes anywhere between 30-40 minutes to cook whereas the meal preparation takes an hour. Invest time preparing for your meals much ahead so that you don’t waste time every day on this.
  • Baking is your friend - Always looks for recipes that require minimum supervision. Hence, baking is really your friend. Look for recipes that are simple and can be baked, they will be healthier and will utilize less oil.
  • Go with theme nights - Have a pre-decided theme for each night – soup night, salad night, and pasta night. Believe us your life will be much easier.
  • Plan for leftovers – Chances are you have leftover food during every meal. Sometimes you forget about it whereas other times you use the same food for lunch the next day. Have a plan for the leftover food unless you prefer throwing it.
  • Stock your pantry right – Your pantry is your cooking heaven. Make sure you always stock it right, you don’t wish to be caught unarmed at 8.00 pm in the night. Refer to our pantry guide here.

Have a really good hack that has helped you over the years? Share it with us by commenting below.

Recipes for a stress – free Labor Day

Labor Day honors the contributions of workers to our economy and social fabric, that’s why we believe it should be stress-free for everyone. After all, you have earned Labor Day.

Whether you planning the last barbeque of the season or a simple meal for the family try these two simple recipes from Burpy to breeze through the long weekend :

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Watermelon Feta Skewers

Ingredients:

  • About 40 (1-inch) pieces cubed watermelon
  • About 20 (1-inch) pieces cubed feta cheese
  • ⅔ cup extra-virgin olive oil
  • 4 cups arugula
  • 3 tablespoons balsamic vinegar
  • Coarse sea salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • ⅓ cup chopped fresh basil

Directions

  • Set your grill to high heat. Thread a piece of watermelon, a piece of feta and a second piece of watermelon onto a 6-inch skewer. Repeat with the remaining pieces of watermelon and feta.
  • Once the grill is hot, brush the skewers on all sides with 2 tablespoons of the olive oil. Grill until lightly charred on all sides, 1 to 2 minutes per side. Remove from the grill and cool slightly.
  • To serve, mound 1 cup arugula onto each plate and top with 5 skewers per plate. Drizzle each salad with 1 to 2 tablespoons olive oil and 2 teaspoons balsamic vinegar. Season with salt and pepper, and garnish with chopped basil. Serve immediately.

Grilled Salsa

Ingredients

  • 2 mangoes, peeled and sliced
  • 3 large tomatoes, sliced
  • 1 red onion, sliced
  • 1 jalapeño, halved and seeded
  • 2 limes, halved
  • 1 garlic clove, minced
  • 1 cup roughly chopped cilantro
  • Pinch of cayenne pepper
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper

Directions:

  • Set the grill to high heat (or heat a grill pan over high heat). Clean and lightly oil the grates.
  • Working in batches, cook the mangoes, tomatoes, red onion, jalapeños and limes on the grill until nicely charred, 3 to 4 minutes.
  • Remove the ingredients from the grill and let cool slightly. Dice the mangoes, tomatoes and red onion. Mince the jalapeño.
  • In a medium bowl, toss all the diced fruit and veggies together, then add the garlic and cilantro and toss well to combine. Squeeze the grilled limes over the mixture, and season with cayenne, salt and pepper. Give it a final toss, and serve.

 

 

 

Healthy Holiday Alternatives!

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The holiday season is filled with friends, family, and food. With holiday festivities in full swing, eating a ton of delicious food is certainly to be expected. From appetizers to the desserts, some may be concerned about over eating, and the very unwelcomed holiday weight-gain. However, there are healthy alternatives for holiday food! These recipes will give you some ideas about healthier meals. You can enjoy the holiday season and the delicious food in a healthy way!

APPETIZERS 

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Roasted Grape Brie

Ingredients:

  • 1/2 pound red grapes
  • 1 teaspoon extra virgin olive oil
  • 1/2 teaspoon fine sea salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon cracked black pepper
  • 1 pound brie
  • 1 tablespoon good quality honey
  • Pinch flaked sea salt

Instructions:

  1. Preheat oven to 425°F
  2. Wash and dry the grapes. Toss grapes with olive oil, salt, and pepper.  Place grapes on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper.  Then, place in oven and roast for 15-20 minutes until the grapes burst and lose their juices. (Make sure juices do not burn)

3. Place the brie wheel on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper. Place in the oven        for 5-10 minutes until soft to the touch. Carefully place the brie onto a serving plater.

4. Top the brie with the roasted grapes and their juices. Drizzle the grapes with honey            and a pinch of flaked sea salt. Serve with water crackers or toasted french bread                slices.

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SIDE DISHES

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Goat Cheese and Spinach Sweet Potatoes

Ingredients:

  • 2 large sweet potatoes, peeled and chopped
  • 1 ounce goat cheese
  • 1 cup baby spinach, finely chopped
  • 1 shallot, sliced
  • 1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
  • ¼ cup milk
  • salt & pepper
  • 2-3 sprigs of dried (or fresh) thyme

Instructions:

  1. Bring a large pot of water to a boil with sweet potatoes in it and cook for about 15 minutes until fork tender. Drain and set aside.
  2. While potatoes cook, saute shallots with olive oil in a medium pan over medium heat until softened and just starting the brown (about 5-7 minutes).
  3. Combine cooked potatoes, sauteed shallots, spinach, goat cheese, milk and thyme if using in a medium bowl.
  4. Mash together with a potato masher or fork until well combined.
  5. Add salt & pepper to taste and mash again.
  6. Serve warm.

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DESSERTS:

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Cookie Dough Truffles

Ingredients:

(for the cookie dough)

  • ½ cup almond butter
  • ½ cup almond flour
  • ¼ cup grass-fed gelatin
  • ¼ cup coconut oil, melted
  • ¼ cup butter, softened
  • ½ tsp. real salt
  • ½ cup dark chocolate chips
  • 2. Tbs. organic maple syrup
  • 1 tsp. vanilla extract

(for the chocolate coating)

  • ½ cup dark chocolate chips
  • 2 Tbs. honey
  • 2 Tbs. coconut oil
  • 1 tsp. vanilla

Instructions:

(For the cookie dough):

1. Combine all ingredients (except the chocolate chips)in a mixing bowl. Stir until well combined. Then stir in the chocolate chips.

2. Scoop out small dough balls onto a cookie sheet. Chill in the refrigerator for 15 minutes.

3. Take slightly chilled dough balls out and mold them into balls. Place back in the fridge for 30-60 minutes.

For the chocolate coating:

1. Place all ingredients in a small sauce pan over low heat. Stir continuously until the chocolate is completely melted and everything is well combined. Turn heat off but leave the pan on the warm stove top.

Assembling your truffles:

1. Pull out your chilled dough balls. Drop one in the chocolate sauce and with two forks gently toss it around until it’s fully covered. Tenderly scoop the ball up using the two forks and allow the excess chocolate drip off before transferring back to the cookie sheet.

2. Once all dough balls are covered, chill covered truffles in the fridge for another 15 – 30 minutes, or until the chocolate is well set.

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Pumpkin Spice Latte Recipe Made Simple

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It’s that time again! Everyone’s most beloved fall drink is back in season. To celebrate the return of Pumpkin Spice Lattes, this easy and delicious recipe from our friends at allrecipes.com will “spice” up your day. In only 10 minutes, you will be enjoying one of fall’s most popular drinks.

Ingredients include:

1 cup milk, divided

1 tablespoon white sugar (add more for sweeter taste)

1 tablespoon pumpkin puree

1 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice

1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract

1/4 cup brewed espresso

Directions:

1. Whisk 1/2 cup milk, sugar, pumpkin puree, pumpkin pie spice, and vanilla extract in a small saucepan over low heat. Simmer for 5 minutes.

2. Whisk in remaining 1/2 cup milk and pour milk mixture through a fine-mesh sieve to remove pulp.

3. Return milk mixture to saucepan and simmer, whisking, 2 minutes.

4. Add espresso and whisk foamy, 1 minute.

Learn more about this sweet recipe at allrecipes.com

Meal Planning for a Week

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Meal planning can be somewhat time consuming, but will save you money, cut down on food waste, and can be fun if you enjoy trying new dishes.  These are some straightforward recipes that I’ve enjoyed playing around with. I set this meal plan up for two people, but if you’re cooking for yourself you can cut some of the recipes in half.  Also, if you don’t want to cook during the work week, you can make two recipes on Sunday, then eat leftovers for the rest of the week.  One of the problems I’ve encounter when planning meals is when I spontaneously decide to eat out with some friends.  In fact, I rarely execute the meal plan perfectly.  Freeze some leftovers if you find yourself deviating-this will cut down on how often you have to cook and will reduce your food waste.
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