The Most Underrated Ingredient You Should Be Cooking With
Fennel is often overlooked in the kitchen. But this slightly sweet licorice-like herb is packed with healthful benefits and serves as a delicious star or supporting ingredient for many autumnal recipes. The long-standing staple of the Mediterranean diet is rich in vitamins A and C as well as fiber. As an antioxidant, fennel helps reduce the risk of cancer, and as a source of fiber, the plant appears to decrease the risk of diabetes, heart disease, and constipation. Yes, fennel can be used to provide digestive relief and reduce bloating and gas discomfort. If these health notes haven’t gotten you excited for fennel, scroll through for some scrumptious fennel-based dishes from one of our favorite foodie resoureces, Bon Appetit, to try this fall.
Fennel isn’t reserved solely for savory dishes. This buttermilk panna cotta with apricot and candied fennel demonstrates the sweet potential of the herb to perfection. For this dish, you’ll be creating an apricot jam-like topping for the light yet luscious buttermilk pan cotta.
The fennel in this refreshing chicken salad provides the satisfying crunch that’s so often missing from homemade sandwiches. This tasty recipe is easy to whip up, as well: Just use a fork to mix the apple, fennel, shallots, shredded chicken, chives, tarragon, lemon zest, and mayonnaise together. Put on a salad or sandwich and enjoy!
Baobab powder is the new It ingredient of the smoothie squad. Rich in vitamin C, the superfood is a great addition to an antiwrinkle diet, and its antioxidant properties make it a wise choice for all health-conscious people. Add some fennel, apples, celery, cabbage, and lemongrass to this powerful powder and you’ve got yourself and all-star juice.
This succulent honey-vinegar leg of lamb is the perfect fennel-seasoned roast to make this season. While the recipe takes hours to make (most of which is just marinating time), the result is mouthwateringly good and is sure to wow any guest you have over.
If you feel a cold coming on, this is the perfect recipe to whip up. The lemongrass will cleanse your sinuses and make you feel as good as new. But please don’t try to make this lemongrass-seafood strew with anything less than top-quality fish. The taste of garlic, lemongrass, bay leaf, and ginger is divine and will fill your home with an intoxicatingly wonderful scent as it cooks.
The days may be getting shorter, but this plum-fennel salad with honey-ginger dressing provides a burst of sunshine into your lunch or dinner menu. Whisk orange juice, vinegar, ginger, and honey together in a bowl and marinate your fennel in the mixture. Let it sit in the fridge for 30 minutes before assembling your salad.
This shrimp salad with cucumber and fennel requires both the stalks and the fronds of our star ingredient. Add cucumber, onion, and lemon juice to the licorice base and toss with olive oil before adding your cooked shrimp. And voila: a light, but completely filling salad.
Few things are as comforting (or as delicious) as a bowl of pasta with fresh herbs and seafood. Garlic, red pepper flakes, and lemon slices make this squid and fennel pasta a foodie’s dream. Garnished with parsley, this dish also has lots of digestive benefits.
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