In the last couple of weeks I’ve picked over TWENTY POUNDS of radish from our garden. The spicy flavor when they’re freshly picked puts the less-flavorful radish found at the grocery to shame. Needless to say, I’m finding any and every reason to eat them at any and every meal and snack.
This simple and tasty toast has emerged as a favorite. Partially because it’s delicious and partially because it only takes a minute or two.
The recipe will make enough hummus for 8-10 pieces of toast. It can be stored in the refrigerator for up to 2 weeks. If the hummus is already made you can whip up this toast in a matter in minutes! You can also use any leftover hummus for dipping veggies, topping salads or making hummus wraps or sandwiches.
Radish keep well in the fridge for a couple of week (thank goodness!). Remove the leaves and store, unwashed, in a sealed plastic bag/container. Wash and slice when you’re ready to enjoy them on this toast, in a salad or even roasted with other root veggies.
Radish belongs to the cruciferous veggie family with foods like broccoli, cabbage, cauliflower, kale and brussels sprouts. This group of veggies is known for preventing DNA damage and the spread of cancer, boosting liver detox enzymes and defending against pollutants. There’s even been research suggesting that cruciferous veggies promote brain and eye health. There’s a good reason why Dr. Greger recommends getting 1 serving every day (1 serving = 1/2 cup chopped).
If you’re wanting to speed things up you can also use purchased hummus. Note that we don’t add oil to our hummus (refer to the Why No Oil? post) but most purchased hummus have a good amount of oil. There are some oil-free hummus brands out there:
- Oasis Mediterranean Cuisine
- Wildwood Natural Foods Lo-fat Hummus
- Cedars Fat-free Hummus
To pack this for lunch – which I plan to do this week – make the hummus and slice the radish ahead of time and then pack all supplies and assemble right before eating.
If you’re not a radish fan, feel free to use other thinly sliced veggies such as cucumbers, carrots, peppers or even tomatoes!
Radish & Black Bean Hummus Toast
- 1 can black beans, no salt added (including liquid)
- 2 dates, pitted (optional)
- 1 clove garlic
- 1 tsp lemon juice
- 1/2 tsp cumin
- 1/4 tsp ground black pepper
- dash salt
- 1 slice 100% whole grains or sprouted grain bread
- 2 radishes, thinly sliced
- 1 tsp pepitas or sunflower seeds
- ground black pepper, to taste
- Make hummus by adding all hummus ingredients to a food processor and blending until smooth (30-60 seconds, stopping to scrape down sides as needed.
- Toast bread. Spread with 1-2 T. hummus and top with radish slices, pepitas and ground black pepper.
- Best if enjoyed right away.