Have you ever eaten a cooked radish?
They are a surprising addition to this stir-fry, which also uses the often-overlooked radish greens. As members of the cruciferous vegetable family, radishes protect against cancer by providing phytonutrients, fiber, vitamins and minerals. The sweetness of the onion is a nice balance to the peppery radishes. Stir-frys are great, because they are unendingly versatile and cook up rather quickly. Chopping the veggies can take some time, but if you plan ahead you can chop extra veggies for another meal and keep them in the fridge ready for stir-fry any time!
Cook rice or quinoa according to package directions.
Cut radishes into quarters or eights if they are large. Save greens, rinse well and set aside. Peel and thinly slice ginger and garlic. Finely chop onion. Thinly slice sirloin.
In a medium bowl, mix curry powder, salt, pepper and turmeric. Toss with sirloin, mix well to coat evenly.
Heat 1 tablespoon butter in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add sirloin in an even layer and cook, undisturbed, until browned on bottom, about 1 minute. Flip and cook for an additional 30 seconds. Remove from skillet and set aside.
Add another tablespoon butter to skillet, reduce heat to low and cook ginger, garlic, onion and radishes, stirring frequently, until onion is soft, about 6 minutes. Add 1 tablespoon honey and increase heat to medium; cook until radishes are glazed, about 2 minutes. Add tamari and balsamic vinegar and simmer until thickened, about two minutes. Add radish greens, snow peas and ¼ teaspoon salt. Continue to cook, stirring frequently, until greens are wilted. Toss in beef to rewarm.
Serve over a bed of sprouted rice or quinoa.
Preparation: 30 minutes
This is a very good source of vitamin K, which limits neuronal damage in the brain, a valuable role in the treatment of Alzheimer’s Disease. Celery root is high in dietary fiber, and adds a hearty dimension to this soup. This pretty soup is rich and creamy without any dairy products. It is gentle and soothing, the pumpkin seeds add a delightful contrasting texture, along with plenty of zinc and iron.
Toast pumpkin seeds in a dry skillet over medium heat. Toss with ½ teaspoon salt and set aside.
Dice onion and thyme. Peel and dice celery root and parsnips. Slice lemon into wedges.
In a soup pot, sauté onion in olive oil over medium heat until soft. Add remainder of salt, pepper, turmeric, thyme, celery root, parsnips and stock. Bring to a boil, then reduce heat and simmer until vegetables are soft, about 20 minutes.
Remove from heat, let cool slightly and puree with an immersion blender or countertop blender.
Serve with a squeeze of lemon juice and garnished with toasted pumpkin seeds.
Preparation: 40 minutes