Mark’s friend Chef Oren is back with another savory recipe this week in which he features the oft-neglected fennel bulb. Fennel has a mildly sweet licorice flavor and a wonderful crunch in every bite. It is a good source of vitamin C, folate, potassium and dietary fiber. I’ve had this recipe twice in the last week and love it. Sometimes it can be a little difficult finding fennel, but if you can get your hands on it be sure to give it a try.
Native to Peru, quinoa (pronounced KEEN-WAH) is a dietary staple for many South Americans, but is virtually unheard of in the United States. Though it is usually thought of as a grain quinoa is actually the seed of a plant that is most closely related to the spinach, beet and chard family. Quinoa is slightly nutty in flavor and when cooked retains a bit of crunch. Apart from being tasty, it is a good source of protein and contains an almost perfect balance of all eight essential amino acids.
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