Roasted Radicchio with a Balsamic Glaze

Roasted Radicchio with a Balsamic Glaze

Looking for a fancy appetizer or first course to cook up this spring? Look no further. Radicchio (pronounced: rah-DEEK-ee-o) makes for an easy-to-prepare, but looks-elegant-on-your-plate option.  A member of the chicory family, radicchio has crisp leaves and a refreshing but slightly bitter flavor. Roasting the radicchio and topping it off with a drizzle of your favorite balsamic vinegar takes the edge off its bitterness and transforms it into a delightful, warm, wedge salad or first course. The health benefits of including members of the chicory family in our diet are simply awesome. Radicchio is high in fiber, zinc and magnesium and also contains inulin, a compound that helps regulate our blood sugar. The bitter taste in the chicory family comes from a substance known as intybin, a metabolic stimulant  that helps with bile production and hence keep our digestive system healthy and forward moving. Ingredients 1 head radicchio, quartered 2 Tbsp onion, minced (or sub in shallot or leeks) 2 tsp fresh thyme, minced 1 clove garlic, minced 3 Tbsp extra virgin olive oil 1 Tbsp lime juice, freshly squeezed Sea salt and freshly ground black pepper 1/4 c Balsamic Vinegar Microgreens for garnish, optional Directions 1. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees. Quarter the head of radicchio and remove most of the tough inner core. 2. Combine the onion, thyme, garlic, olive oil and lime juice. Whisk thoroughly then add salt and pepper to taste. 3. Toss the quartered radicchio in the dressing to coat, place on a cookie sheet and roast in the oven about 10-15 minutes, turning once halfway through roasting. 4. Place radicchio wedges on a plate,...
Radish Greens and Clementine Salad

Radish Greens and Clementine Salad

If you’re looking for a crisp, refreshing salad to serve, grab a bunch of radishes and start chopping away. Radishes are usually sold with their greens still attached – have you ever tried eating these greens? They’re delicious! They have a slightly peppery flavor and pair well with a bit of fruit or some fruit-infused balsamic vinegar. If you pick up a bunch of spring radishes, you pretty much have a salad in your grocery basket. It just needs to be washed and chopped. Ingredients Salad 1 bunch radish greens 2 clementines, peeled and separated into segments 2-4 radishes, sliced into matchsticks Vinaigrette 1 Tbsp lemon infused olive oil 1 1/2 tsp strawberry infused balsamic vinegar 1/2 tsp chives, green onions or shallots, minced 1 pinch sea salt Directions 1. Trim radish greens, wash and spin dry. Peel clementines and separate into segments. Wash the radishes and slice into matchsticks.  2. Combine radish greens, clementine segments and radishes. 3. Whisk together ingredients for the vinaigrette. If you don’t have an infused olive oil to use, you can add a tsp or so of lemon juice. Pour over your salad and enjoy! Soundtrack: Laura by Scissor Sisters...