The latest from the Radish
The humble cabbage is an underrated vegetable. Not only does it come in multiple colors and varieties, it contains plenty of nutritional benefits. Cabbage has antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties and is a good source of Vitamin C. Purple and green cabbage, simply tossed with olive oil, salt, and pepper and roasted for 20 minutes, is one of my all time favorite vegetables to eat. This method achieves the ideal balance of tenderness and crispness. This cabbage chop leans on the crunchy, tender, and refreshing Napa cabbage, a longer, leaner relative of the traditional round cabbage. This salad is an interpretation of one that I enjoyed at west~bourne, an “all-day” cafe in Nolita, NYC. It’s crunchy, creamy, layered, and light - all of the things I typically look for in a salad. It has depth from the charred scallions and sheep milk feta, crunch factor from the cabbage and sunflower seeds, and zippiness, thanks to the limey dressing. You can certainly add other veggies or a protein on top, but I think that it is delicious just the way it is.
Roasted sweet potatoes are in heavy rotation in our household. They are simple to make, loaded with Vitamins A and C, and are usually a favorite of Jack’s - albeit that is a moving target these days. To amp up the nutritional mileage and add some protein into the mix, I made a cool and zippy yogurt sauce that compliments the sweetness of the potatoes and creates a more balanced side dish or snack.
Lots of people are cold noodle fans. It’s delicious, satisfying, and a staple in Asian take-out. What’s not to love about this classic dish is that it’s often made with rice or Chinese egg noodles doused in a sauce heavy on the sugar, MSG, and sodium. This version lightens things up with noodles made from brown rice or buckwheat, both gluten-free options. In additional to the noodles, crunchy cabbage, carrots, peppers, and cucumber are tossed in for added nutritional mileage, color, and palate diversity. The sauce is a blend of peanut butter, tahini, tamari, ginger, garlic, and lots of fresh lime juice. It is lightly sweetened with a touch of maple syrup, which can easily be omitted, if you wish. Crunchy peanuts, scallions, avocado, and a scattering of gomasio finish this dish with a nice contrast of textures and flavors.