‘What’s in Season?’ is a new series where we’ll be sharing one recipe each week that uses one in-season ingredient.
We’re starting with Radishes…Garlic Roasted Radishes, in fact.
Last week I received my first Community Support Agriculture (CSA) basket of the year from Little Willow Gardens a beautiful garden located in a quaint, rural town known as Huntley, MN. We’re just getting into the prime of the garden growing season in Minnesota. Tables at the Farmers Market’s are becoming more plentiful & full, backyard gardens are in full production and CSA baskets will continue to increase in veggie volume as weeks pass through the summer and early fall. I don’t know about you but I love this time of year because…..Hallelujah- bring on the veggies!
The anticipation of finding out what’s in each weeks basket gets me all giddy which is what inspired me to create the ‘What’s in Season’ series. A way to share my excitement with you because we should all be excited about veggies 😉 Each week, I’ll be choosing one ingredient from the basket to feature on the blog (or Dietitian Jessica will feature one item from her garden). We’ll include a few quick facts and a delicious recipe for you to try. Our hope is that this series will inspire you to try new foods or try new ways to prepare foods and will also encourage you to support your local farmers and growers by hitting up your local Farmers’ Market!
LOCAL to me friends
Mike and Amy of Little Willow Gardens and other local growers are at the Farmers Market in Blue Earth, MN on Saturdays from 9-12. Stop by and grab your weeks supply of in-season, local produce!
What is a Community Supported Agriculture?
The definition by Local Harvest:
For over 25 years, Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) has become a popular way for consumers to buy local, seasonal food directly from a farmer.
Here are the basics: a farmer offers a certain number of “shares” to the public. Typically the share consists of a box of vegetables, but other farm products may be included. Interested consumers purchase a share (aka a “membership” or a “subscription”) and in return receive a box (bag, basket) of seasonal produce each week throughout the farming season.
This arrangement creates several rewards for both the farmer and the consumer.”
CSA’s are a great way to support local farmers and to try new veggies. Read more about CSA’s here.
Let’s take a look at what was included in Week #1’s basket.
- Spring Snap peas
I enjoy trying new recipes as well as the challenge of creating recipes and finding new ways to prepare the fresh, in-season foods. For example, the other night I spent my time baking up a delicious Strawberry Rhubarb Pie with homemade crust. It was so.dang.tasty and had the perfect blend of sweet and tart! PS: I have a slight obsession with baking pies!
But now let’s talk radishes! Are you ready?
Garlic Roasted Radishes are my most favorite way to prepare radishes. If you haven’t tried roasting radishes, I recommend you give it a try – even if you don’t care for radishes, I think you’ll be pleasantly surprised. The garlic and butter (or ghee) adds such a nice flavor and roasting them settles down the peppery flavor and brings out their natural sweetness. Similar to roasted red potatoes but less starchy and much lower in carbs. Oh and get this, one time….I added radishes instead of potatoes in a beef stew and my ‘non-vegging loving’ husband didn’t even know….shhhhh!
Moving on – 5 quick facts about Radishes:
- Radishes are a root vegetable that come in several different colors, and are a cousin to cabbage.
- Very good source of disease fighting and immune boosting vitamin C.
- Contains antibacterial and antifungal properties.
- Contains a unique phytochemical called indoles which promotes detoxification.
- Contains powerful antioxidant/flavonoids that fight against cancer and aid in healthy liver & kidney function.
Learn more about the benefits of radishes here.
In less than 5-ingredients you can make this unique and healthy side-dish.
Simply toss the radishes with butter, garlic, salt and pepper and roast in the oven. I like the radishes best when they’re nice and golden brown.
Enjoy Garlic Roasted Radishes as a side-dish or toss in a salad.
Garlic Roasted Radishes will make for a light and tasty low-carb, side-dish to your favorite grilled meat. Another way to enjoy Garlic Roasted Radishes is by adding them to a salad along with sliced chicken, avocado, sliced almonds, green onions and tossed with a honey mustard vinaigrette. So good!
You must give this recipe a try. And when you do, don’t forget to report back and let us know what you think!
- 4 cups radishes, trimmed and halved (~3 cups halved)
- 4 garlic cloves, minced
- 2 Tbsp. grass-fed butter or ghee, melted (sub coconut oil for vegan-friendly)
- ½ tsp. sea salt
- ¼ tsp. pepper
- Optional fresh parsley, dill or chives
- Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Line baking sheet with foil and set aside.
- In a bowl combine all of the ingredients and toss until radishes are evenly coated with the melted butter or ghee.
- Place radishes cut side down on baking sheet.
- Bake for 14-16 minutes or until slightly golden brown.
- Garnish with parsley, dill or chives and serve.
Would love to hear, are you part of a CSA? If so, what’s your favorite part of being a member of a CSA?
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