Wednesday, March 17, 2010

Eat Your Veggies: Radishes!

I hate radishes. I have hated them from the time I was little and first bit into the little red ball that was in my salad. Yuck! Bitter and TOO HOT. I have never liked the spiciness and bite of a radish. So why am I posting about radishes?

Have you ever *cooked* a radish?? I have... and WOW, are they delicious! Somehow, when cooked they lose their characteristic hot taste and become (get this): sweet! Yes, they taste mild and sweet and very much like potatoes when cooked like home fries or hash browns. (I didn't believe it either. Check it out). I saw this idea on various low carb message boards. Radishes are low carb and low cal; one cup of sliced radishes contains 19 calories, 1 g protein, 2g fiber, no fat, and 4g carbs. They are rich in vitamin C, folate, and potassium as well.

I started with a cheap bag of radishes from Walmart because I was *sure* I was not going to like this. I washed them and trimmed the ends.

Then I used my new Salad Shooter (which I LOVE!! It slices and grates so fast!) to cut the radishes into very thin slices. You could shred them if you prefer. I put them in a nonstick pan with a bit of olive oil over medium-high heat. I sprinkled them with onion powder and black pepper, and put a lid on the pan.

I cooked them until they were translucent, tender, and browning a bit. I took the lid off at the end to let the steam out. I also turned them to brown both sides. It was actually more of a "toss" than a flip. They don't stick together. And this was my dinner last night:

Egg beaters scrambled with spinach and Mrs. Dash, topped with light Swiss cheese and served with a delicious side of radish home fries! Sooo good, you won't believe it! Try something new this week, whether you think you like radishes or not!

41 comments:

Ex Yo-Yo Dieter Debbie said...

Who knew??? I amazed that they taste so different just by cooking them!

Thanks for that post :)

Debbie said...

Thanks! I'll definitely be trying this one!

Blubeari said...

I have always hated radishes, but you are right... I have never cooked them! Thanks for the tip!

Shelley said...

Never, ever heard of cooking radishes!!! I actually do like them in a salad, but forget to buy them. I will have to try this!

Seth said...

I think I might do that tonight!

My word veri was : Upers

This post was def. an two-thumb "Upers"

The Incredible Shrinking Family said...

Boiled radishes are NUMMY !!!! I have tossed them in with corned beef or other boiled dinner type dishes. They make a great sub for ed potatoes if you are trying to go low carb.

Would you believe that a very popular French breakfast is sliced raw radishes on a buttered baguette ??

Shae said...

I have got to try this. I love potatoes...but, they don't love me. lol. Thanks for sharing.

Addie Walters said...

That sounds so good! I always skip over the radishes on the salad bar, and I've never thought of cooking them. Great idea!

Ice Queen said...

Radishes!!! Nom nom nom. Loooove them raw. I must try that recipe. *grabs pen and paper* Thank you for sharing. :D

Leslie said...

Hi Lyn - Wow - I may have to try this. Anything I've ever made that you recommended has been great. Everything. So perhaps I'll whip up a batch! Thanks! I'm so happy you're doing so well and getting down into the low 220's. You are working hard for this and deserve every success.

Kyle Gershman said...

Did you know that radishes have the shortest maturity of vegetables? This means that you home gardeners can get these babies growing quick.

I might just have to give these beauties a try, now.

Thanks!

Rebekah said...

Looks really good! Is this what you use for the Cauliflower too? (the shooter?) I have the same feelings about radishes so maybe I need to give this a try too.

Lyn said...

Rebekah~

Yes, the Shooter is so much easier than grating my fingers to death on a cheese grater. LOL! Works wonderful for the cauliflower.

Debbie said...

Hey I am going to try that this weekend. I also do not like the taste of them raw. They look great.. Thanks,

spunkysuzi said...

I'm going to give it a try ;)

Anonymous said...

Wow!!! Interesting!! Will definetly try this!! Thanks for the idea!!!

Beth in NC said...

Interesting! I have never cooked a radish. I'll have to try it.

Laryssa said...

First time I've heard of anyone cooking radishes. But thanks for the idea. My doctor wants me to cut down on carbs for a while and I was running out of good substitutes.

BrendaKaye said...

I never heard of cooking radishes!! I am going to try this! Thanks for the tip!

isladeangela said...

Ewwww - that looks fun and colorful! I'll have to give it try. I have a hard time squeezing in as many veggies as I should everyday so a new fun way to prepare something I wouldn't usually like sounds great! TFS! ~ Angie

Jenn said...

I've always been scared to try cooked radishes because it sounds really gross! Who wants a mushy pile of spicy and bitterness? Not me! (And I actually like radishes in salads.) I was surprised to hear that it becomes sweet and tastes similar to potatoes. I'm always looking for potato alternatives! Thanks for this post!

Pamela said...

I love radishes, but never thought of cooking them! I'm going to have to try it! Thanks!

Tammy said...

I have roasted radishes in the oven w/ s&p, olive oil & parmesan cheese....that takes all the bitterness and heat out of them...but I've never thought of cooking them like home fries!! Awesome!! I'll have to try that soon!! And I hope you're still enjoying your new low point on the sclae ;)

Anonymous said...

How long have you had your shooter? Does it cut onions well (regular not green)? I've read that mixed comments on that.

rmslil said...

Thanks for the new idea. I love radishes raw as long as they are dipped in Hidden Valley Ranch Dip. I know I know, thats bad.

Michelle said...

Sounds yummy. I'm looking for new veggies to try and this looks like it may be the next one. Thanks for the idea :)

notofthisworld said...

I've only eaten radishes uncooked and I've never liked them. I will have to give cooked radishes a shot.

Lyn said...

Anonymous~

I got the shooter just last week and have not tried onions in it. I would think you'd have to cut the onions into chunks and put them through, as a whole onion wouldn't fit in the chute. It's a fun toy :)

M Pax said...

I don't think I have ever cooked a radish. I will have to try. I like them spicy though. :)

Laura said...

Add me to the "never heard of that" camp. Can't wait to try. I too just started medifast and I'm enjoying your blog. Congrats on your success so far!

Thrice Blessed said...

That is something I am going to have to try!

MargieAnne said...

Hi. I've just caught up on the last 3 days and your post about reaching a new low.

Congratulations on finding your milestone. But more than that, I thank-you from the bottom of my heart for showing that it can be done. It being, staying true to your plan to become healthy and lose weight through a period when life threw some very rotten stuff at you. I know that you are still going through the rotten stuff but you are now so much stronger than when you began.

It is amazing to me that you haven't yielded to weariness. I trust that this is the spur you need to get on with the next stage of your life.

I am right here cheering for you.

I must try this 'new' way to cook radish as although I like them in salad I never can eat a whole bunch while they are nice and fresh.

Jessica said...

That is amazing about the radishes. When I realized I wouldn't be extending my market season, I decided not to plant radishes in the greenhouse, as we wouldn't eat them. But, this Sunday, I'm planting radishes!

Jessica said...

That is amazing about the radishes. When I realized I wouldn't be extending my market season, I decided not to plant radishes in the greenhouse, as we wouldn't eat them. But, this Sunday, I'm planting radishes!

ShredFail said...

Huh. I like radishes but don't buy them often. Maybe I'll try them cooked.

tessler said...

I despise radishes, but I bought some at the store yesterday because I'm going to quarter them and roast them in the oven! Thanks for the inspiration! :D

Lyn said...

tessler~

Let me know how those turn out. I have seen mixed reviews on roasting them.

For those who are sauteeing them as I did, make sure you cook them til they are translucent and soft.

Sonogal said...

I love radishes raw, and I've been sauteeing them for years - love them, but the family doesn't. I've tried roasting them and didn't care for them. They get kind of mushy. This was a great post, and hope everyone likes trying something new!

tessler said...

Oven Roasting Report

I cut them into chunky chunks, spread them out on a pan, sprayed them lightly with Pam, sprinkled with salt and pepper, and roasted them in our small toaster oven because I didn't have enough radishes to warrant heating up the big oven.

I roasted them until they were tender and had browned places, stirring them around occasionally. And then I proceeded to eat the whole batch myself (partly because my husband thought I was insane for *cooking* radishes, but mostly because they were so good I couldn't quit eating them)!

Oh. My. Gosh.

DEFINITELY a keeper recipe! Next, I'm going to try the sautee method.

tessler said...

Today, I broke out my small food processor, sliced a bunch of radishes and sauteed them. This way, they taste even better than the chunked and oven-roasted method!!

I LOVE RADISHES NOW!!!!!

Thank you!!!!!!!!!!! :D

Mel said...

I tried your radish recipe and I really liked them. I also do not normally care for them. My husband on the other hand didn't care for them much. Oh well more brussel sprouts and radishes for me.

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