Cast Iron Skillet Radishes with Brown Butter

Radishes aren’t just for salads, they make tasty sides and the greens are edible! (10)

Disclosure: I  received a Produce Box,  mentioned in this post, free of charge. I was not compensated financially for writing this post. Opinions are my own.

Local produce, reducing food waste, farm love..this post is about all of the above. You see, the Produce Box was started by a stay at home Mom,  Courtney Tellefsen, in an effort to make it easy for  health conscience NC families to eat local, sustainable food. They also serve the wider community. Read about TPB history here and if you haven’t already joined,    please sign up here to enjoy boxes like this beauty…

IMG_483471801 I love the conveninece of having the farmer’s market brought to my doorstep and I #feelgood about supporting local farmers; the Produce Box has a Farm Fund and has donated more than $20,000 to farmers to make capital improvements. I also enjoy  the variety of produce,  trying new things (like this cool cuke),  and getting inspiration to prepare vegetables in new ways. Today’s recipe (adapted from the recipe included in my box) is a new way of using radishes.  They generally go into my salads, but today I ‘m preparing them in a cast iron skillet. The interesting thing about this dish, it reduces food waste by using the entire vegetable, including the  part you usually toss! Go ahead, eat the whole thing!IMG_483471801-copy

IMG_4217Cast Iron Skillet Roasted Radishes with Brown Butter

Adapted from Bon

by Diane Boyd, MBA, RD, LDN

Ingredients (serves 2)

  • 1 bunch medium organic red radishes
  • 2 teaspoons olive oil + more for brushing skillet
  • Himalayan pink salt, ground
  • 1 tablespoon unsalted butter
  • 1/2 teaspoon fresh lemon juice


1. Preheat oven to 450 degrees F. Brush an 8 inch cast iron skillet with olive oil.

2. Wash radishes and cut off all but 1/2 inch of the green radish tops; reserve trimmed tops and rinse well; coarsley chop and set aside.

3. Cut radishes in half lengthwise and place in a medium bowl. Add olive oil and toss thoroughly to coat. Place radishes, cut side down, in prepared cast iron skillet. Sprinkle with coarse Himalayan pink salt.

4. Roast unitl radishes are crisp tender, stirring occasionally, (about 18 minutes). Remove from oven and season to taste with additional salt, as desired.

5. In 6 inch cast iron skillet, melt butter over medium high heat. Add pinch of Himalayan pink salt and cook until butter browns, swirling skillet frequently to keep butter solids from burning, about 3 minutes.

6. Remove skillet from heat and stir in lemon juice.

7. Drizzle brown butter over roasted radishes. Sprinkle with chopped radish tops and serve.

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Easy Lunch Bowl

EasylunchBowlAre there any food trends you’re hooked on? Moi? I’ve flipped for bowling, aka   building a meal in a bowl.  I think this trend is here to stay. Sorry plate!  Bowls encourge smaller portions, and  combining  layers of veggies, along with whole grains, is ultimately what we hope more people embrace.  This concept inspired my Real California Breakfast Bowl, and  it’s also helping me cut back on food waste by  using leftovers in tasty bowls I create for lunch. So of course, I was thrilled to see  the Recipe Redux theme this month focus on lunch:

 Limping Along with lunch: Ever get in a lunch rut? Need new ideas for packing your kids’ or your own lunch? Are packable noontime options dwindling? Surely you’ve met the ‘What shall I pack for lunch?” question head-on with creative ideas. Please share your healthy lunch recipe – so we can swap it into our own rotation.

Yesterday at noon,  I gathered up some leftovers from earlier in the week, added them to a bowl,  tossed it in the microwave,   and  then topped it off with some coleslaw and a bold barbeque sauce. Simple, right? You can use whatever you have on hand. Just think about  adding texture and flavor!

If you’re packing a lunch, this would be just as simple to pack into a portable bowl. Use one that’s  microwave safe,  if you plan on reheating the ingredients, and pack cole slaw and bbq sauce separately.

Oh, one more tip for an easy lunch this time of year…enjoy it in some fresh air.

IMG_4181IMHO, this bowl would be perfectly fine eaten cold. Would you eat this cold? Be sure to visit the links at the bottom of this post for more ideas to get  out of the lunchtime rut!
Easy Lunch Bowl

serves one

by Diane Boyd MBA, RD, LDN


  • 1/2 cup cooked brown rice , quinoa or other whole grain
  • 1/2 cup cooked corn
  • 1/3 cup canned black beans, rinsed
  • 3 ounces cooked chicken breast or other lean protein source
  • 1/2 cup cole slaw , salsa or relish
  • fresh rosemary for garnish

for the sauce

  • 1 tablespoons bbq sauce
  • 1 talbespoon cider vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil


For the sauce

Combine bbq sauce, cider vinegar and olive oil in a small bowl. Whisk to combine. Set aside.

for the bbq bowl

Add brown rice, corn, black beans and chicken side by side to a single serving bowl or microwavable container. Place in microwave and heat on high for 2 minutes or until heated through. Finish with cole slaw and garnish with fresh rosemary. Serve with bbq sauce for dipping or dizzle over top.

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Real California Breakfast Bowl

Build a better breakfast bowl in 5 minutes with Real California Dairy. Cottagechees (3)Disclosure: By posting this recipe I am entering a Recipe Redux contest sponsored by Real California Milk products and am eligible to win prizes associated with the contest. I was not compensated for my time.

Have you noticed, people are changing the way they eat? We’re eating simplier. We’re eating less processed foods. We’re cutting back on sugar and adding in more fruits and vegetables. We’re experimenting with  a myriad of whole grains, from quinoa to  sorghum. But  one thing hasn’t changed: the foodie in all of us is not willing to compromise taste! Make no mistake, allowing taste to rule  is a good thing!  Satisfaction can be, and should be,  a goal for healthy eating. (We tend to eat less when we’re satisified.)

So how do you enjoy the taste of eating right? Here’s one of my  secrets:  California Dairy. California is the country’s leading producer of milk, ice cream, butter, nonfat dry milk, and whey protein. It’s  the second largest producer of cheese and yogurt.  Real California Milk represents the simple and real dairy foods made with milk from more than 1,400 California dairy families. It’s real food made by real familes kissed by the California sun. When purchasing dairy products, look for foods made with 100% Real California milk that feature the Real California Milk or Cheese Seal..realcaliforniaseals_705x237

When you see this seal, you’ll feel good knowing that the product is certified as having been made with 100% Real California Milk from Real California Dairy families.

Today, Real California Cottage Cheese is at the heart of my  wholesome breakfast bowl. IMG_4138Prepping it, is as simple as combining these  five ingredients (and fresh mint to make it pop) ..IMG_4161.3..into  cereal bowls side by side.    Then spoon  into the  layers and savor the texture and terrific taste and of eating real food, real simple. One single bowl has  only 320 calories and is filled to the brim with  benefits including:  a source of healthy fats and  whole grains, protein rich (18 grams per serving), high in  fiber (6 grams) and a source of both calcium and iron. It’s as delicious, as it is eye appealing. Join me in enjoying the taste of eating right,  build yourself a Real California Breakfast Bowl!CottageCheeseB-fastBowl

Want to learn more about Real California seals and California Dairy? Visit the Real California Milk website at

Real California Breakfast Bowl

by Diane Boyd

Ingredients (serves 2)

  • 1 cup water
  • 1/2 cup old fashioned oats
  • dash of salt
  • 1 cup frozen Wild Blueberries
  • 1 cup 1 % milkfat lowfat Real California Cottage Cheese
  • 2 tablespoons pecan pieces
  • 2 teaspoons pure maple syrup
  • fresh mint, optional garnish


for the oatmeal

Combine water, oats and salt in a 2 cup microwave safe container. Microwave on high for 2 1/2 to 3 minutes. Mix well. Set aside.

to assemble breakfast bowl

1. Place frozen wild blueberries in a microwave safe bowl. Use defrost setting for 1 minute or until thawed.

2. Arrange prepared oatmeal, cottage cheese, blueberries and pecans side by side in two cereal bowls. Drizzle each bowl with maple syrup. Garnish with fresh mint.

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small things

Motivational Songs #ameestrong PlaylistToday I am honored to be the guest blogger at Amee’s Savory Dish, a healthy living blog. Please read Amy’s story,  Three words I never thought I’d hear.. then  check out my post on her blog. With the help of Amee herself, and some of our mutual friends meet through the blog brulee, I’ve put together a playlist of fight/ fitness/motivational songs. If you have a favorite fight song, I’d love for you to  share it in the comments below. But more importantly,  please listen to the #ammestrong Playlist for whatever it is you might need a lift with right now.

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Why I Joined the Produce Box

The Produce Box brings the farmer’s market to your doorstep!Image-5
Disclosure: I am a member of the Produce Box and have been asked to participate in the blogger program  “join The Produce Box”. I have been compensated for this post. Opinions are my own.

You never know what good fortune attending a health fair will bring, no matter who you are! For me, it was meeting Robyn Arthur, an area manager of the Produce Box and learning  how North Carolina residence can have fresh local produce (pictured above)  delivered to their doorsteps!

Initially,  doorstep delivery seemed superfluous.  I am, however, passionate about eating local, eating seasonal, and  supporting North Carolina farmers. But let’s face it,  all of the above can be achieved by shopping at any of the numerous farmer’s markets in my area.

However, after my first few delivered boxs from the Produce Box, and getting in the routine of ordering, I am finding the convenience of delivery is one of the BEST reasons for being a member! Prior to becoming a member of the Produce Box, I would set aside time during the week to shop at  one of farmer’s markets in Wilmington. Going early was always smart, as goodies sold out quickly and were often picked over by noon. I generally bought what looked good, and figured out what to prepare with it after I got home.

Now the process of ‘shopping’ for fresh, local produce is simplfied. It not only saves me time by eliminating a trip to the market, it has also improved my effciency with meal planning.  On Friday afternoons, I log into my Produce Box account and view the menus. It looks like this..IMG_3536TheProduceBoxScreen Shot_edited-1TheProduceBoxScreen Shot

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There are generally 5 to 8 different varieties of North Carolian farmer-grown fresh fruit and vegetable produce boxes. Contents vary depending on what’s in season. Specialty items  from local artisans are also available, including: honey, local meat, seafood, bread, cheese, butter, peanuts, peanut butter, jams and desserts. I can make my selection online immediately, but generally I think about the choices over the weekend , considering what I have going on in the coming week and plan meals around one of the  boxes offered.  I place my order by Sunday night at 9 p.m. Deliveries are Wednesday; right to my front door. All I need to do is unpack my box and refrigerate the produce. This week I selected the Harvest Box. Here’s how I  plan to use it:

Green beans will be steamed and used in my light and healthy Salad Nicoise.IMG_2006 copy_edited-1

Yellow squash will be prepped into zoddles in  this easy recipe for  Cod, Pasta and   Zoddles with Lemon Pesto .IMG_codwithzoodles_edited-2

The corn will be cut off the cob and made into a  Roasted Corn, Black Bean and Mango Salad  that’s a perfect accompaniment for just about anything I put  on the grill this week.

Field tomatoes  and bibb lettuce will be the base of the salads I make  for lunch or dinner.

Strawberries will be gobbled up in between meals (with  a little whipped cream). YUM!

I never realized how much time I spent shopping and planning meals until I streamlined the process with doorstep delivery made possible via the Produce Box. Join me in making healthy eating easy, sign up for local produce delivered  to your doorstep today!


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