Spring (?) at the Union Square Green Market

I went to the Union Square Green Market today in search of one thing: spring onions. I was at Esca this past weekend for dinner and had burrata with ramps as an appetizer. Then, when I went into work on Monday, we had spring onions on our new crab dish. Although it has been a cold spring so far, I figured that if both of these restaurants had spring onions on the menu, the green market must have them! I made the trek downtown (it takes about 35 minutes to get to Union Square) and could not find any spring produce!! I did find some beautiful flowers, a dwindling supply of winter root veggies, and a yummy jalapeno and cheddar scone from a bakery called Our Daily Bread from Chatham, NY.

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I love going to this green market because, if I strike out, I can walk across 14th St and check out Whole Foods. Low and behold, Whole Foods had spring onions! They weren’t local (from GA) and they were a little bigger than I expected but I bought a bunch for $2.49.

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Roasting spring onions is such an easy way to add an easy side dish to a meal. Make sure you wash the onions and cut off a few inches of the green to get rid of any not-so-pretty tops. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees, cut them length-wise and lay out on a roasting pan (I line mine with parchment to make clean up easier).

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Cover the spring onions with oil (I used my Pam Olive Oil spray to try and control the calories) and then sprinkle with a generous amount of salt and pepper. A great addition to this dish is fresh thyme- if you have some on hand. The last (and most important) step is to put a small slab of butter on top of each bulb- about 1/8 inch sliver cut off of the stick of butter.

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Once the oven is at 350 degrees, put the onions in and roast for about 35 minutes or until tender.

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WW Points: 1 point per onion (two halves)

3 points for the bunch of 3 onions

(The only real calories in this dish is the butter added unless, of course, you opted to use real olive oil)

Enjoy!