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Onions. Do you "count" them as a vegetable when planning a meal?

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Onions. Do you "count" them as a vegetable when planning a meal?

Kris in Beijing | Jul 6, 2014 06:15 PM

Please don't refer me to The National Onion Board http://onions-usa.org/

Here's what I mean -- I'm prepping dinner. My usual strategy is protein-starch-veg-veg. Last night, for two:
egg noodles, turkey meatballs, sauce.
Sauce started with an entire onion caramelizing, then a pseu-dal-fredo plus a dollop of pesto.
Super yummy.
However, I'm groping through my head For A Vegetable for Dinner!!

Looking around. Spinach? That might be good, but would be another stir-in. Something on the side completely?

Now, I'm not asking for a suggestion for a side for my dinner, which is completed and providing us with its nutrition : ).

What I'm asking is -- generally when you cook, do you "count" onion as a vegetable? I know there are onion sides like au gratins and chutneys and salsas and soups... but when you put onion INTO a dish, does that meet the "vegetable check-box" for you guys?

EDIT: I guess I'm really thinking about nutritional balance in terms of a complete meal.

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