Three Spring Classics

Spring is around the corner and we can’t wait. It’s the season to enjoy carrots, spinach, artichokes, kiwi, beets and lots of other delicious produce. Among our favorites, we enjoy asparagus, scallions, and radishes the most. They are perfect to prepare classic, nutritious and elegant dishes for a garden party or a simple family lunch.

Asparagus is even considered a superfood that can help detox your system and slow down the aging process. It also helps reduce the possibilities of cancer, it serves as a natural anti-inflammatory and help reduces the risk for heart attacks — not to mention all the vitamins and minerals!

Scallions are another versatile ingredient that helps stimulate your respiratory tract and prevents colds. It stabilizes your blood pressure, helps prevents a few types of cancer and allows you to sweat more when you’re working out. It contributes to reducing stress, tiredness, and it’s a great source of vitamin A, C, and calcium.

Radishes are great to enjoy raw, cooked or pickled. They are very recommended in diets for their low carbohydrate content and because it helps satisfy hunger. They’re excellent for your digestion, circulation, detoxing, and metabolism.

If you’re not used to including these items on your grocery list, Spring gives you the excuse to do so. Take advantage of the season and start preparing unique recipes with new fruits and vegetables. Here are three classic recipes to prepare with asparagus, scallions, and radishes. Enjoy.

Asparagus and Quinoa Salad — ingredients
  • 1 Cup of quinoa
  • Olive oil to taste (1/4 cup of the quinoa)
  • Salt to taste
  • 10 Fresh asparagus
  • ½ Cup of organic red beans, cooked
  • ¼ Cup of onion, finely chopped
  • 2 Cloves of garlic, minced

1. In a medium pot, sauté the quinoa in the olive oil for about 5 minutes. 

2. Cover the quinoa with water. Add a sprinkle of salt and cover with a lid. Mix every 8 minutes until done.

3. Meanwhile, sauté the onion and garlic with olive oil. After a few minutes, add the asparagus and cook for 4 minutes. Add the beans and cook for 2 more minutes. Then, add the quinoa. Done.

Simple Korean Pancake — ingredients
  • 2 Cups of scallions, chopped
  • 1 Cup of flour
  • 1 Egg
  • 1 pinch of garlic salt
  • Olive oil for frying
  • Soy sauce for serving

1. While you warm up the oil, mix all of the ingredients in a container. Add a few drops of water if necessary until you get a pancake consistency. 

2. Fry small pancakes until golden. Let them rest on a paper towel and serve with soy sauce on the side.

Red Radish Crisps – Ingredients
  • 2 Cups of red radishes (or any portion you want)
  • Salt to taste
  • Olive oil
  • Seasoning spices (optional)

1. Slice the radishes very thinly. (You can use a mandolin.) 

2. Season with salt and/or spices. Bake at 350 degrees with a drizzle of olive oil for about 10 minutes.

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