Ravishing Radishes are Underappreciated
Radishes are often undervalued and overlooked, despite being packed with flavor and nutrients. This root vegetable is a staple at the local farmers’ market during winter and early spring. A member of the cruciferous vegetable family, radishes are known to have anti-cancer properties, and they are naturally antifungal. They are low in calories while rich in vitamin C, potassium and fiber, and provide a delicious combination of crunch, juiciness, and spice.
In this recipe, the radishes are topped with protein-packed lentil hummus and home-grown sprouts to counterbalance the spice, while adding more healthy nutrients. This plant-based combination is a heart-healthy treat because it’s low in salt, made without oil or animal products and has zero cholesterol. Both the radishes and lentils are high in fiber, which is known to lower LDL cholesterol levels.
This simple, and colorful finger-food appetizer is pretty to look at, treats the taste buds, and nurtures the body, all at the same time.
1 cup uncooked red lentils
2 Tbsp water
1½ lemons, juiced
½ jalapeño pepper (optional)
2 garlic cloves
½ tsp cumin powder
½ tsp coriander powder
½ tsp chili powder
Salt and pepper to taste
1 bunch of radishes
1 handful of sprouts
Wash the lentils, bring water to boil and cook the lentils for approximately 30 minutes (or until soft), then drain well and add to a food processor.
Wash and roughly chop the jalapeño pepper. Peel the garlic cloves.
Add the jalapeno, garlic, lemon juice, spices, and water to the food processor and puree until smooth consistency is reached.
Add a bit more water if needed for perfect thick hummus consistency.
Taste for spices, salt, and pepper and add more as to your liking.
Put the lentil hummus in a bowl and chill in the fridge for about 1 hour before serving.
Wash the radishes and sprouts and drain well.
Cut the radishes into halves, top with a teaspoon of hummus and sprouts and serve.
Recipe courtesy of Eliane Baggenstos, RN, certified health coach and plant-based diet expert. For more information visit PlantBased.expert.