Watermelon Radish Salad

Although the color of the watermelon radish  is screaming summer, this vegetable is  actually a fall crop and may make its way into some of your CSA boxes soon.  Shave this mild radish  to  make a crisp and colorful  base for a salad.

IMG_4584It was my Mother’s influence, in a rather indirect way,  that interested me in cooking. Today, the Recipe Redux is challenging us to share our first cooking recollections. Buckel up,  because mine goes back the year Bennie and the Jets was a top 10 single. Sigh.  It start’s with the  the story of  my first attempt to bake a cake from scratch.    The day was Oct. 9, my Mother’s birthday.  Barely a teenager,  I was home alone and hoping to surprise her (in a good way). Before I began,  I asked myself:

What could go wrong?

How could this be difficult?

Not convince  it was a bad idea, I opened Mom’s Betty Crocker Cookbook to the recipe for a family favorite,  chocolate cake, and  began to assemble the necessary ingredients. Soon I was on to the instructions…but then there was this..

Grease and flour the pans. 

 Suddenly, I ‘m stumped. Sure, I knew how to grease a pan, but the flour part? What’s up with that, I thought to myself.  Googleless, and  feeling a little unsure of myself,  I scooped up some shortening on a piece of wax paper,  smeared the cake pans, cautiously  added a little flour to the slick pans, shaking and turing  them until they looked  a tad dusty.  Voila. Why was that so perplexing? IDK. The story has a happy ending with  a delicious cake and  a cheerful Mother and Daughter!!!

Now you’re probably expecting me to share a recipe for a baked good or that chocolatae cake, right? But let me take this story a little further.  Mom was the baker in the family. Like most daughters (then and now), I craved my own identity, which  is why I  taught myself to cook, #gofigure. Unlike my mother, I tried new and different things, and never  worried if anyone else in the family would like them,  #teenagersareselfish. In the spirit of this first food recollection, I am trying something new and different, made with a  vegetable I have never had (but looks kinda cool), the watermelon radish. On the exterior,  this radish is creamy white, but cut into it and you’ll  expose the exceptional  magenta interior. Shaving it spotlights its color and crisp texture, making it a fabulous  base for a salad! Because I like to keep things simple, I finished the salad with just  feta cheese, a lemon vinaigrette and fresh chopped mint. Have you ever had  watermelon radishes? If so, please share your experience in  the comments below. Don’t forget to  the visit the links at the bottom of this post for more  first cooking recollections!IMG_4578

Watermelon Radish Salad

by Diane Boyd

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Ingredients (serves 4)

  • 1/2 pound watermelon radishes
  • 1/2 pound red radishes
  • fresh mint
  • 1/4 cup feta cheese

for the lemon vinaigrette

  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon honey
  • 1 teaspoon orange juice
  • 1 Tablespoon lemon juice
  • 2 Tablespoons canola oil


1. Wash and peel watermelon radishes. Shave with either a vegetable peeler or a mandolin slicer. Set in bowl.

2. Wash red radishes and slice into rounds. Set in bowl with shaved watermelon radishes.

3. Combine ingredients for lemon vinaigrette in a small prep bowl and whisk briskly. Pour over radishes.

4. Top with feta cheese and fresh mint. Toss. Serve immediately.

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Low FODMAP Aloha Bowl

A Hawaiian inspired meal, for peace of mind for those with digestive sensitivity,  that ‘s nutritionally balanced and tastes fab made with low FODMAP ingredients.low-fodmapgoodness-in-one-hit

Disclosure: By posting this recipe I am entering a recipe contest sponsored by Nestle Health Science and am eligible to win prizes associated with the contest. As a participant in this contest, I also received a free trial sample of ProNourish, a Low FODMAP nutritional drink developed by Nestle Health Science. I was not compensated for my time.

There was a time,  I  would  cringe when a  client  sat  in my office  explaining why they’ve  abandoned a healthy lifestyle for GI comfort. I think it’s safe to say, we’re living  in an era where more and more individuals are fraught with digestive sensitivity.  One in four people suffers from gastrointestinal discomfort to the point it interupts their lives .

Only after serious medical issues are  ruled out, can a registered dietitian  implement a nutrition therapy to lessen symptoms by idenfication and elimination of certain foods. Enter  the LOW FODMAP DIET.

 FODMAP is a acronym for Fermentable, Oligosaccharides, Disaccharides, Monosaccharides, And Polyols, which classifies specific types of short-chain carbohydrates that can trigger digestive distress in some people.

Althougth the low FODMAP has been around for nearly a decade, I am finding few individuals are aware of it. It  brings me pleasure to tell you,   Nestle  Health Science is championing innovative nutritional solutions  addressing the dietary needs of people suffering from gastrointestinal conditions, including those with food intolerance. In the Spring of 2016, Nestle launched www.LowFODMAPcentral.com to support both the consumer seeking more knowledge about FODMAPs and the healthcare professional looking to build knowledge and practice skills. After reviewing this site myself, I am  happy to see the  effectiveness of a Low FODMAP diet is now supported by 30 clinical trials!

Just this month, Nestle Health Science introduced ProNourish, a delicious low FODMAP nutritional drink carefully formulated with ingredients that are low in FODMAPs  for those individuals who suffer from digestive sensitivities  due to food intolerance. ProNourish can be enjoyed as a mini-meal img_4896or snack. See ProNourish website www.ProNourishcom for more information.

The folks at Nestle are smart. They  know what individuals with digestive sensitivity really want:  to enjoy food with their friends and family, that’s both nutritious and delicious and feel fabulous afterwards! So this week, Nestle Health Science is    challenging dietitians/ Recipe Reduxers to develop low FODMAP recipes in a sponsored contest: Feel Fab without FODMAPs. By combining ingredients that are low in FODMAPs, it is possible to create delicious and  nutritious recipes suitable for those with GI sensitivity due to food intolerance.  It does take getting familiar with appropriate foods, and  the   Monash University Low FODMAP Smartphone App is helpful in putting this info right at your finger tips (available  at https://www.med.monash.edu/cecs/gastro/fodmap/. ) For me, the hardest part of low FODMAP recipe development  is leaving out the onions and garlic, #soguilty.  However, you can use oil infused with both : ).  Here’s the result of my tinkering in the kitchen, over the weekend, with low FODMAP ingredients..a low FODMAP Hawaiian inspired bowl …img_4894-copy… that provides protein, plenty of vegetables (because they’re often omitted by individuals with digestive sensitivity), and even a whole grain (because you should not ditch all fiber when following a low FODMAP  diet)!  The dipping sauce (also made with low FODMAP ingredients) adds bold flavor to this meal,   even without onions and garlic!   Please note that restricting high FODMAP foods is only meant to be temporary. The FODMAP elimination diet is not just a list of foods, it’s a process  and reintroduction  involves a strategic plan a registered dietitian can help with.

 Don’t miss  the links at the bottom of this post for more Low FODMAP recipe ideas contributed by registered dietitians and members of the Recipe Redux.

Note: This recipe was developed using Low FODMAP ingredients, but the recipe itself has not been tested for its FODMAP content.

Low FODMAP Aloha Bowl

by Diane Boyd

Ingredients (serves 4)

    for the marinade

    • 1 tablespoon soy sauce
    • 1 1/2 teaspoon rice vinegar
    • 1 teaspoon brown sugar
    • 1 teaspoon canola oil

    for the bowl

    • 1 pound pork tenderloin, cooked
    • 1/2 pineapple, cut and sliced
    • 2 zucchini, cut into rounds
    • 1 tablespoon olive oil
    • 1 bell pepper
    • 2 cups shredded lettuce
    • 1 cup cooked tricolor quinoa

    for the dipping sauce

    • 5 Tablespoons Rice Vinegar
    • 21/2 Tablespoons Brown Sugar
    • 1 Tablespoon Fish Sauce


    1.  Combine ingredients for marinade and whisk. Pour over pork and marinate in the refrigerator for 2 to 6 hours.

    2. Preheat grill.

    3. Drizzle zucchini with olive oil and thread onto skewers.

    4. Place pork on grill rack along with pineapple slices, zucchini skewers and whole bell pepper.

    5. Turn pineapple slices and zucchini frequently to cook evenly. Remove from grill when they begin to brown. Set aside.

    6. Turn pepper to char on all sides. Remove from grill and cover tightly with foil. Allow to sit for 30 minutes or until cool enough to handle. Remove stem from pepper and cut into bite sized pieces.

    7. Grill pork, turning to cook evenly, until internal temperature reaches 160 degrees F.

    8. Prepare dipping sauce by combining rice vinegar, brown sugar and fish sauce in a small saucepan over medium heat. Heat until mixture begins to boil. Lower heat and cook until mixture is reduced by one half.

    9. In each of 4 serving bowls, divide lettuce, quinoa, pineapple slices, grilled pork, roasted red pepper, and grilled zucchini. Serve with dipping sauce on the side. Serves 4.

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