Simple Sides: Sauteed Radishes

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Simple Sauteed Radishes are low carb and THM "S". They make a great side dish with any protein.

Radishes 

Radishes, a crunchy root vegetable, are commonly eaten raw and can be found sliced on most salad bars these days. Though radishes can come in a variety of colors and shapes, most of us will be familiar with cute little round radishes with the red and white flesh.

Growing up I can’t say I was a fan of radishes. As a matter of fact, I hated them. I do remember my parents enjoying them and having them on the table from time to time. But I didn’t like the peppery taste that accompanied the crunch most people enjoy. I never did understand why they were spicy when after all they were just a root like some of my other favorites carrots and potatoes.

Since my childhood, I’ve learned that the radish can come in all types of shapes and even colors. I also now know why they carry a slight peppery taste. They are a part of the Brassicaceae family and their hint of spice is reminiscent of their root cousin, horseradish.

A THM S and low carb simple side dish

 

Tastes Change and So can Radishes

These days, I am happy to report that my feelings for radishes have changed. Gone are the days of harboring disdain for these little gems. I actually find myself looking forward to serving them at meal time. Mind you, the little girl in me still doesn’t like them raw, so I am glad that not only have my tastes changed but so have my options for radishes!

If you follow a low carb or the Trim Healthy Mama lifestyle you will know that I am not alone with my new-found love of these little root vegetables. Because of the lower carb content in radishes, they can offer a great substitute in dishes that call for potatoes, like roasts and soups. If you like dishes like these two I mention I would definitely recommend you try adding them in place of the starchy potatoes. As for myself and my husband, we enjoy our radishes either roasted or simply sautéed in bacon drippings with some red onion slices tossed in. Simple sides make me happy. They cook up quickly and offer a break from our typical sides like broccoli and green beans.

My young son, like myself at his age, has not completely confessed his love for radishes, even the cooked ones, but he is slowly warming up to them and will at least take a spoonful on his plate each time I make them. So, I am hopeful that with time he will also learn to love radishes, but until then that just leaves more for me!

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Simple Sauteed Radishes
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Ingredients

  • 2 lbs of fresh radishes
  • 1 medium red onion
  • 2 table spoons of bacon drippings (or oil of your choice)
  • 1/4 tsp garlic powder
  • 1/4 tsp onion powder
  • salt and pepper to taste

Instructions

  1. Remove the little root ends from the radishes and slice them in nice even slices. This will ensure they cook evenly in the pan.
  2. Remove the skin from the onion, cut it in half, and slice it in to thin slice each half into thin even slices.
  3. In a skillet, over medium heat, add in your bacon drippings or oil.
  4. Next add in your sliced radishes and cook until them are slightly tender. Stir occasionally so they don't burn. If you need more fat in the pan add as needed.
  5. When your radishes are slightly tender toss in your onion slices and your spices. Cook the dish until both your onions and radishes are as soft and tender as you like them. You can cook them as little or as long as you like. We like our soft but not mushy.
  6. Serve warm.

Notes

Nutritional Information per serving: Calories: 96, Fat: 10 grams, Total Carbs: 11 grams, Fiber: 5 grams, Net Carbs: 6 grams, Sodium: 118 grams, Protein: 2 grams.

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