Friday, May 20, 2016

CSA Box 1: White Radish Pot Roast

This week my first CSA box arrived, filled with fresh, local, organic produce! It was like Christmas as I looked in the box to see what they brought. This week's haul:

bundles of asparagus
a bag filled with mixed baby greens
two large containers heaped full of strawberries
several young red onions
fresh garlic bulbs
big stalks of rhubarb
and a bunch of long, white radishes

I was really pleased with the variety, especially so early in the year! I wasn't quite sure what to do with the radishes; I'm not a huge fan of raw radishes, although I'll eat some in a salad if they're mild. But aren't they pretty?

long white radishes

 I thought back to when I made a low carb Hearty Beef Stew with Radishes and how tasty it was. The radishes were soft and mild and took the place of higher carb white potatoes. So I decided to try them in a pot roast for dinner tonight! I also used some of the onions and garlic from the CSA box in this recipe.

Low Carb White Radish Pot Roast

I started with a grass fed beef chuck roast (choose the best size for your family) which I seasoned with salt, pepper, thyme, Mrs. Dash, onion powder and garlic powder. I put this in the crock pot with 2-3 cups of beef broth and turned it on high for about 3 hours.

Cut a medium onion in large pieces and place in a bowl. Add several cloves of peeled garlic, 1-2 stalks of celery cut in pieces, and 5 or 6 peeled carrots cut into chunks. Then trim the ends off the radishes, wash them, cut them into chunks and add to the bowl.

white radishes for pot roast

Add the vegetables to the crock pot and reduce the heat to low. Cook for another 2 hours until veggies are tender.

low carb pot roast with potato substitute

I drained off the broth, removed the fat from the top, and made the defatted broth into a tasty gravy by adding salt and pepper and thickening it with cornstarch. The kids used the gravy over their mashed potatoes.

I also cut up some of the strawberries from the CSA box to serve with dinner.

low carb white radish pot roast

This dinner was so delicious. The meat was tender and flavorful. The radishes tasted a lot like potatoes. I think I even prefer them to potatoes! I'm sure you could substitute red radishes in this dish. They tasted great in the stew recipe I linked to above so they should work here as well.

You can read more about the nutrition of radishes and other ways to cook them here: Eat Your Veggies: Radishes! I used to make them often as hash browns. There are a few reasons you may want to try substituting radishes for white potatoes, such as having a lower Glycemic Index and a lower carb count; a cup of boiled white potatoes contains 32 grams of carbs, while a cup of boiled radishes only has 5 grams. You also save calories by eating cooked radishes (only 25 calories per cup) versus boiled white potatoes (136 calories per cup).

Feeling good and looking forward to eating those greens from the CSA box over the weekend! Each box will be a new adventure and I am happy to be enjoying more local produce again. I hope you are finding your way to your local farmer's market or produce stand. Try something new!


Anonymous said...

What a clever use of radishes. I hate them, but my neighbor has an abundance. I will try cooking them like this. Thank you for the idea.

Anonymous said...

I roast radishes. Try tossing them with olive oil, onions, and peppers and bake 450 for 12 minutes.

Lori said...

Looks great!

PamL said...

Yum! If you are buying grass fed beef, you totally should be eating the fat! It's soooo good, and your body needs it. Enjoy your great fresh veges!