It all started for me when I watched the indie movie Chef on Netflix directed by and starring Jon Fareau (which I highly recommend.) Near the beginning of the film, Chef Carl goes to the market to get fresh produce for the restaurant where he works and he tells the produce guy that he wants fresh radishes with the tops still on, "I use those." What? I wondered what do you use them for? I was intrigued.
|Chef Carl at the produce market with his son in the indie film Chef.|
So when the radishes in the garden were ready to harvest, I remembered the statement and just googled, "radish greens recipes." Wow! You can make all kinds of dishes with radish greens, so I saved them in a plastic bag and tossed them into the crisper drawer instead of the compost, feeling very proud of myself for not being wasteful. Radish leaves contain more fiber, vitamin C and protein than those pretty red roots do, and the roots are pretty good for you, so that's saying a lot! Here's more info on the health benefits of radishes, both the roots and leaves, click here.
Tonight, I picked up one of those roasted chickens from the grocery store, it's a quick and easy dinner when I have lots of work to do. With two book illustration jobs and revisions for my upcoming book all due around the first of the month, I like easy. Then I remembered those radish greens...
So I looked up some recipes online, and I created this version based on what I had in the house...I must say, it's a new family favorite! We'll never toss those radish greens again! I hope you enjoy this one as much as my family did.
|Tossing the potatoes and radish greens in the pan.|
Sauteed Potatoes and Radish Greens
I've included the magical folklore uses for all you kitchen witches out there. This is a great happy home recipe, not only does it taste wonderful, but if made with magical intention it's ingredients will fill you with blessings and keep negativity, envy, and gossip away from your dinner table.
3 cups chopped radish greens, be sure to rinse them before you chop (fire energy, defends against the evil eye, induces passion)
1 medium onion halved and sliced thin (the moon, healing, hex breaking)
2 cups of diced red potatoes with the skin on (primal earth energy, manifestation)
1 pinch of turmeric (purification, courage)
1/4 tsp powdered cayenne pepper (breaks up negative energy and hexes, promotes love and passion)
fresh cracked pepper to taste (breaks up negative energy and hexes, stops envy)
sea salt to taste (blessing and protection and purification)
2 tablespoons olive oil (divine favor, associated with Athena)
1 pinch of sugar (dispels evil, sweetens the family life)
balsamic vinegar to flavor, I used about a tsp. (fire energy, breaks up baneful energy and gossip)
In a skillet, heat the oil and saute the onions until slightly transparent. Add potatoes, salt, pepper, turmeric, and cayenne and toss. Reduce the heat and cover, cook until the potatoes are soft.
Add chopped radish greens, toss to combine with potatoes and onions, cover and cook about 5 minutes until the leaves have wilted. Sprinkle with a pinch of sugar and balsamic vinegar, toss and enjoy as a side dish or serve with on warm tortillas and feta cheese.
|Our radish harvest!|
If you love this recipe just google "radish greens recipes" There are a ton of uses for this healthy green, I plan to try more recipes myself.