Radishes are considered superfoods!
When I switched to a keto way of eating I had always heard that all root veggies were off limits, and so assumed that radishes were a part of that group. Luckily I recently learned that radishes are actually quite low carb! Hooray!! This keto roasted radish recipe is a delicious vegetarian dish that pairs excellently with wilted greens.
I found the original radish recipe on Healthful Persuit, and made a few tweaks.
Instead of using tallow, which is usually beef based, I substituted butter to make it vegetarian. The butter adds an incredibly delicious flavour to the cooked radishes that I just can’t get enough of. It also adds quite a bit of fat, which is perfect for keto!
You could probably make this dish vegan as well with a bit of tweaking, but you would have to experiment with the different flavours of oils to get just the right taste.
Why are radishes so awesome?
These lovely little tubers are high in Vitamin C and are beneficial to your body when it comes to reducing inflammation, rebuilding blood vessels, and retaining a healthy immune system. High in potassium, radishes help to naturally regulate blood pressure which is essential for heart health. They also happen to have detoxification properties helping to cleanse the blood of toxins and waste. Radishes are an alkaline forming food, which is helpful for people trying to maintain a healthy pH level. Adding more radishes to your diet could help you lower your blood pressure, cleanse your kidneys, and improve your hydration. Are you prone to winter colds or seasonal allergies? Radishes have anti-congestive properties as well, so they work to clear excess mucus in your sinuses to help you breathe easier.
Radishes are usually very cheap in stores and at farmer’s markets. They are fast growing and grow well in most climates, so if you have a garden make sure to plant lots of these little gems! They come in a large variety of shapes and colours, and range from hot and peppery to quite mild. I use the round red ones in this recipe, but it would probably work great with daikon types as well!
I hope you enjoy this keto roasted radish recipe as much as I do. Be sure to check out my wilted greens recipe as well! Together they make a great dinner full of nutrients!
~ Natalie Rose