War of Weight Loss (Recipe: Vidalia Onion Bake)

Leah is now a year, and I haven’t even come close to losing the weight I gained when I was pregnant with her. I’ve never been one of those lucky women who get to watch the pounds just melt away simply because they are breastfeeding. If I want to lose the baby weight, I really have to work at it, and to be honest with you… I just haven’t felt like working that hard. And, what they say about the older you get the harder it is to drop the pounds is true. Young ‘ens out there… listen… love your skinny waists and perky boobs now while you can because it is a lot of work to keep it up (literally) when you get older. Trust me on this one.

Along with my blogging friends Amy of She Wears Many Hats and Robyn of Our Homeschool Home, we have began the weight loss journey together. I am doing Weight Watchers, which I’ve had lots of success with after my other three babies were born. The best part about what we are doing is that we are able to keep each other accountable completely and totally virtually. Our weigh-ins are on Friday, so we take a camera phone picture of the scale (love my WW scale) and share it via email with each other (let’s just hope that Amy and Robyn aren’t holding on to mine for future blackmail opportunities). We do the same thing with exercise and take a camera phone picture of the screen after our workout or a picture of our view while exercising. We have also implemented a weekly conference call to share ideas, frustrations and success stories. And finally, Twitter interventions have become a norm as well. The truly fantastic iPhone app, Lose it!, is keeping track of our progress along the way.

What I love about Weight Watchers is that you really can eat whatever you like, as long as you budget points for it and remember to exercise. It is such a flexible program, which is perfect for a food blogger like me.

This Vidalia Onion Bake recipe was one of my favorites from back when I was on Weight Watchers before. My friend Whitney made it one time when we were at her house and it now gets baked or grilled and served as a side at least twice a week around our house. To make it completely low point and Weight Watchers friendly, substitute the butter for several sprays of I Can’t Believe It’s Not Butter spray.

If you have started a weight loss journey, I’d love to hear about it and would appreciate knowing what’s working for you as well as any additional resources you have that might make our journey more successful. Good luck at losing it!

Vidalia Onion Bake

40 min | 10 min prep

6 onions

  1. Slightly hollow out each onion.
  2. Arrange onions in small baking dish.
  3. Place 1 bouillon cube in each onion, top with butter and 1 tsp brown sugar.
  4. Bake at 350 for 30 minutes.
  5. These can also be made on the grill.
  6. Just double wrap in aluminum foil and grill until tender.

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  1. says

    I use http://dailyburn.com to hold me accountable and track everything. There are many similar sites out there (I used to use MyPlate on Livestrong.com) but I’ve found Daily Burn to be the best fit for me.

    If I am ever feeling too lazy to get my butt in the gym, I watch this commercial to get me pumped up


    but I’m an ex-athlete / fighter so that may not work for everyone.
    .-= sarah´s last blog ..carneros inn & FARM restaurant =-.

  2. says

    I love the onions. Good luck with your getting healthy program and hang on to the blogger friends. That will help to keep you accountable. I walk every morning with a neighbor. I know I have to get out there because of her.
    .-= The Teacher Cooks´s last blog ..Mandarin Orange Cake =-.

  3. says

    Looks awesome! Good for you guys! Pregnancy wreaked havoc on my bod as well. I’m going to the gym regularly, so far slow & steady is working, but you may have just ignited the flame to kick it up a notch! YOU GO GIRLS! (shake, shake, shake)
    .-= Wenderly´s last blog ..Rosemary Garlic Sweet Potato Fries =-.

  4. says

    I am a big fan of WW. Been a lifetimer for 6 years and the key for me is to find an inspirational leader (go to different meetings at different times…..you mayhave to go to more than one meeting to find her….) and actually going to the meetings each week. Of course, organization and planning ahead. you have to have healthy food in the house or you’ll eat something not so healthy. I need that structure that WW gives you.

  5. says

    mmm… i just tried this for lunch and ate it along with a whole-wheat mini-hamburger bun with cheese melted on top. it was just like eating french onion soup! yum. thanks for the recipe.
    .-= Lisa´s last blog ..The Chewy =-.

  6. says

    Thanks for this recipe! I will definitely be trying this, modified to take out the sugar. I have been trying to lose the weight I gained after my kidney transplant which is incredibly difficult due to the medications I must take and that it is sometimes difficult to exercise as I’d like. I have made progress though! Low carb is the only thing that has worked for me so far. I’m 9 pounds lighter! Weight Watchers sounds good though. I may try this later because I find it hard to sustain a low carb diet. Good luck to you on your diet!
    .-= Melissa´s last blog ..Happy Kidney Day! =-.

  7. David says

    The recipe sounds delicious. Rather than the substitute spray you might want to try using Melt. It is a spread that tastes great and is made with Organic virgin coconut oil which along with the flax oil it also contains are shown to boost metabolism and promote healthy weight. Check it out, http://www.meltbutteryspread.com, my kids love it and it works well to bake with unlike other substitutes it does not break apart into little puddles of water and oil.

  8. Melissa says

    I have never tried this exact recipe but do something somewhat similar, where I drizzle balsamic vinaigrette over an onion and roast it. It caramelizes and tastes delicious, and olive oil is a better option than butter! I usually just make a vinaigrette out of extra virgin olive oil, balsamic vinegar, (3:1 ratio) with a small dollop of mustard, a few minced garlic cloves and salt and pepper. Definitely worth a try!

  9. says

    Wow, bake onion, this idea I’v never tried. I’d like to lose some pounds but could not stop eating. I hope this recipe is my style.

  10. JJ says

    This looks tasty, but how do you eat it… or in other words, what do you eat it with/on? Do you eat the onion by itself, or with a soup, on bread… I’m obviously not much of a cook & could use some ideas ~ Thanks :)!


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