Until I walked past a bin of them on my last trip to the Chinese market, I'd completely forgotten about daikon radishes. The long, white vegetable, which looks like an oversize carrot, isn't that prevalent at Western markets, but is a staple in Asian cuisines. Although the milky-fleshed daikon can be found year-round at some grocery stores, the vegetables are sweetest and mildest during the cold weather months. If possible, shop for them at an Asian supermarket, where they're likely to be fresh, as they may grow bitter with age. Store them in a cool, dry place, where they'll keep for several weeks. If you're new to cooking with radishes, the concept may seem daunting, but this peppery giant is surprisingly versatile. To learn a few ways to enjoy it, read more
Over the weekend, when the cold, wet drizzle refused to let up, I developed an undeniable desire to load up on starchy, al dente pasta. I couldn't just ditch my resolve to eat only nutrient-rich, wholesome fare, so I came to a compromise by preparing a healthful pasta with root vegetables.
In addition to being full of protein, fiber, and more vitamins than I have room to list, this speedy recipe requires less than an hour from start to finish. The turnips, beets, and yams take advantage of the stovetop, rather than the oven, for timesaving yet tender results. Hoping to scout out a good-for-you comfort dish? You've come to the right place. Get the recipe when you read more.
Depending where you live, having access to a variety of fresh produce can be hard during the Winter months. Thank goodness that root vegetables are in abundance though. These hearty vegetables hold up perfectly in comforting cold-weather dishes like stews, soups, and curries. And while most people are very familiar with carrots and potatoes, I've always been a sucker for parsnips — the neglected star of root veggies.
Parsnips look like a carrot that completely lost its orange hue. In terms of taste, they have the delicate flavors that are usually associated with root vegetables, but I find that a parsnip is sweeter than a carrot or potato. Nutritionally, it's a starchy veggie that's low in calories and is a good source of folic acid, vitamin C, and potassium. They also contain a decent amount of fiber and calcium too.
For me, cooking with parsnips is really easy because you can treat them pretty much the same way you do potatoes. I find that parsnips taste best roasted, especially when added to a Winter veggie medley because they add a nice sweetness to the dish. They also taste great diced in a stew or curry, or as a soup puree — especially when paired with cauliflower. For a little something different, add parsnips to your mashed potatoes or a gratin.
When shopping, look for medium-sized parsnips that are firm and blemish free. Raw parsnips can be stored for up to four weeks in your refrigerator. Pick some up at your local market this week! Tell me if you love the parsnip in the comments section below.
On a recent trip to my favorite local farmers market, the Ferry Plaza Farmers Market, I bought way too many vegetables — including a few bunches of elegant French breakfast radishes from Petaluma-based Marin Roots Farm.
Although radishes are available in Northern California year-round, it's during Spring and Summer months when one can truly appreciate them for their crisp texture and spicy-juicy bite. These root vegetables are related to the turnip and horseradish families, and come in a myriad of varieties, from my dainty, fine-textured breakfast radishes, with their fuschia-hued base and white tips, to fiery red globes, trippy-looking watermelon radishes, and large, sweet daikons. Learn what I did with mine
Expand your horizons with this recipe that pairs a classic steak with root vegetables. Carrots, parsnips, and beets are cut like french fries, but cook up quicker than the average potato.
Chopped tarragon adds freshness. For an alternate presentation, slice the vegetables into thin coins before sautéing. Serve with a glass of wine, sit back and enjoy the weekend! Look at the recipe: read more
Lately I've been drawn to preparing everyday vegetables in unexpected ways: Last week, I wrote about turnips and the spicy quality they take on when served raw in a salad. Likewise, when I saw a recipe for braised radishes, I couldn't wait to try it. Unlike turnips, which are often found simmering in stews, radishes are typically served raw in salads or as crudités. However, the fuschia-hued root vegetable is delicious when cooked. After braising these radishes, they tasted and looked liked red-skinned potatoes, with a blush-colored skin, a soft, waxy texture, and a mellow flavor.
Radishes, when sautéed with a little butter and quick-braised, are as comforting to eat as potatoes, but they require a fraction of the labor and have none of the heaviness of a serious starch. To get the recipe for this surprisingly stunning dish, read more
During the period of transition from Summer to Fall, you may find that while you see a lot of Fall produce in the market, the weather isn't quite cold enough for stews. This turnip salad is the perfect dish to make during this brief season. Although it's uncommon to see recipes with uncooked turnips, they're actually delicious eaten raw, with a dense, crunchy texture, and a flavor similar to radishes. It's important to slice the turnips as thinly as possible, and to make sure the salad is seasoned liberally with salt and pepper. If raw onions are too overpowering, reduce the amount of shallots in your salad. To get this recipe, which calls for only four ingredients, read more
Sometimes confused with the sweet potato, this root vegetable is not related to the potato. Native to South and Central America, as well as many parts of Asia and Africa, there are over 150 different varieties. Yams have starchy flesh in either off-white, yellow, purple, or pink. Their skin is normally pale to dark brown. Although they have more moisture and natural sugar, they can be interchanged with sweet potatoes in most recipes.
How very patriotic of Terra to introduce a red, white, and blue chip medley they call Stripes and Blues. They are much healthier than the Lays chips I ate as a kid since they are made with 3 kinds of harvested veggies, not just your average potato. The red chips are made from sweet potatoes, the blue chips are made from blue potatoes, and the striped chips are striped beets.
These Stripes & Blues chips take my favorite Sweets & Beets to an entirely new visual level. I love that they're made with no trans fat or cholesterol, and contain hardly any saturated fat (the kind that is bad for your heart). Plus these chips have a much zestier flavor so they don't need a whole lot of sodium.
To check out the nutritional info and see what these delectable chips really look like, read more