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.
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.