Vegan 25 minutes
Servings: Makes 2 cups
Who says that daikon is only for adults?! This delicious vegetable can be enjoyed by even the littlest ones. While at the Farmer’s Market, we picked one up. When buying daikon make sure the skin is firm and not wrinkly. Daikon are one of the largest radishes ranging from six to 18 inches and weigh up to 6 pounds. Though I didn’t weigh it or measure the length, by no means was it little. The skin of daikon is usually white (at least the ones that I’ve seen). But the skin comes in a variety of colors such as purple, black or green.
Daikon means large (dai) root (kon) in Japanese. It is full flavored and the spicy flavor was masked when cooked. We combined it with one of our little byters favorites (squash). Just one daikon makes a lot of servings because of its size. Which makes it a convenient choice, for busy parents. Plus it can be prepared in similar ways as carrots and has basically the same cooking time.
Daikon radish has lots of health benefits too. It is high in Vitamin A, C, E, and B6, potassium, magnesium, calcium, iron, and fiber. This nutritional content makes it a suitable for preventing cancer, aiding digestion and kidney functions. To enjoy full health benefits, it is recommended not to remove the skin since, enzyme, myrosinase (antimicrobial, antimutagenic, anticarcinogenic properties) is present there. But to achieve a smooth consistency for baby food, removing the skin is best.
Butternut squash has a fun looking shaping since it looks like a bell. Our baby enjoyed playing with it prior to peeling. It ‘s low in fat and has a lot of dietary fiber, potassium, vitamin A, B6, and C. These vitamins, minerals, and electrolytes lead to better digestion and prevent damaging of healthy cells
Daikon juice is another way to get maximum nutrients. So we’ll juice it next time and let you know how it tastes (not for little ones…though seeing our little ones reaction would be classic).
- 1 large daikon, washed, peeled, and chopped
- 1 large butternut squash, washed, peeled, and chopped
- Put enough water to cover the bottom of a medium pot on medium high heat. Combine daikon and butternut squash in a steam bowl and place on pot. Cover and cook until softened (~20 minutes).
- Place daikon and butternut squash in food processor or blender. Blend until smooth or consistency desired. You can add (1 tablespoon at a time) water or breastmilk to make mixture more liquidy.
- Enjoy at room temperature, warm, or cold.
- Keep in refrigerator for up to 3 days or in freezer for up to 3 months.