Radish, Bacon and Bell Pepper Papitas – (4 Net Grams)


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Radish, Bacon and Bell Pepper Papitas

The Radish – A Healtier Alternative

This radish breakfast side is a recreated comfort food that I recall fondly from my childhood.  For me these have been an excellent alternative to substitute for potatoes. Not only does this dish taste fantastic, but it also has that perfect potato texture. I think this also parallels nicely with observing a healthier lifestyle choice. Something I think you will appreciate and love from the get go.

Papitas, Frijoles and Tortillas, Oh My

My childhood in New Mexico is filled with memories of waking up to the smell of coffee brewing and fresh flour tortillas cooking on the stove top at my grandmothers house. One of my favorite things to eat that she constantly prepared were papitas. This is a very humble dish made by slow cooking finely diced potatoes, bacon and a little yellow onion. It is more commonly known to other folks as hash. Pure down home comfort food. Nothing fancy, or expensive, but oh so filling and absolutely delicious. This dish was not only reserved as a breakfast side for eggs, but was also served as a side dish along with pinto beans and red chile at dinner time.

Recreating Comfort

One of the things I missed when I started observing a low carb lifestyle was potatoes. More specifically, those papitas from my childhood. I have tried numerous recipes to duplicate that joyful bliss I experienced as a child, but to no avail. Nothing I tried could compare to that carmelized goodness I was craving and wanting to recreate. Then one day on a grocery shopping day I spotted some radishes and the cogs started churning as I recalled a Paleo article I had read.

To be completely honest I don’t think anything will ever be able to compare to that humble dish I remembered from my childhood. A Grandmothers love went into that. My version¬†is not without merit though and¬† I think it’s¬†a pretty darn good and satisfying interpretation. Radishes caramelize beautifully and the addition of bacon and a little red bell pepper elevate this to something you will be proud to serve. It is¬†full of flavor and like its predecessor works for breakfast or as a side dish for dinner. ¬†A double duty side, ya gotta love¬†that.

Here’s to keeping it simple and delicious. Remember low carb is only boring if you let it be. From my kitchen to yours, happy low carbing.

 

 

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Radish, Bacon and Bell Pepper Papitas
This radish recipe is a recreated comfort food that I recall fondly from my childhood. It is something I think you will appreciate because it's an excellent alternative to substitute for potatoes. These not only taste fantastic, but they also parallel nicely with observing a healthier lifestyle choice.
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Prep Time 15 Minutes
Cook Time 20 Minutes
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Servings @ about 3/4 Cup Cooked.
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Prep Time 15 Minutes
Cook Time 20 Minutes
Servings
Servings @ about 3/4 Cup Cooked.
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Instructions
  1. Clean the ends from the radishes and quarter. Place them in a bowl and set them aside. Chop up the bell pepper, a small dice works nicely. Next slice up the bacon.
  2. Fill a medium sauce pan 1/2 way with water and bring to a boil. Add the Radishes and blanch them for 8-10 minutes. Remove from the heat and drain in a colander and then place them on a plate lined with a paper towel so that they get nice and dry and ready for your skillet.
    Image: Radishes being blanched
  3. Render the bacon in a skillet. When the bacon is about 1/2 way done drain off excess bacon grease and add the drained radishes and bell peppers and continue to cook over medium heat. Slow even heat is best here so that they caramelize evenly without burning.
    Image: bacon rendering in a skillet
  4. When your radishes have begun to caramelize and take on all that beautiful color, about 10-15 minutes, remove them from the heat. Mix together the onion powder, salt, cracked pepper and then mix into your papitas. Toss them thoroughly to distribute the seasoning evenly. Transfer to a warm serving platter and serve immediately with whatever you're going to serve them with.
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Recipe Notes

Nutrition Facts - Calculated using My Fitness Pal
Servings: 4 @ about 2/3 of cup cooked. The radishes shrink when they cook down.

Calories: 69

Fat 4g, Cholesterol 8mg, Sodium 389mg, Potassium 350mg, Total Carbs 6g, Fiber 2g, Sugars 3g,
Protein 3g, Net Grams 4g

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Mike

Mike is a proud UCLA Bruin and low carb recipe enthusiast. He resides in Albuquerque, New Mexico with his dog Bella. Together they are living the Dream.

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