The toast you didn’t know you needed: salted air fryer radishes and cream cheese. Roasted radishes and cream cheese? The internet is a wild place. But hear me out: air fryer radishes are delish. They’re slightly sweet and taste similar to baby potatoes. The magic of roasting! Plus, they’re very blood sugar-friendly. Paired with a thick layer of tangy cream cheese and a drizzle of tahini, this recipe is creamy, earthy, and truly delightful. Best part is? It’s a true no-recipe, recipe. Make swaps to fit your taste buds—sub chard for spinach or kale, use ricotta instead of cream cheese, and drizzle your toast with balsamic glaze (or honey!). Without further ado, let’s make roasted radish toast with cream cheese.
Beat the afternoon slump
Although we often hear that breakfast is the most important meal of the day, what we eat for lunch can make or break our afternoon energy. Leave it to our European friends to teach us a thing or two about the benefits of a longer, substantial lunch. As a health coach, I often hear women lam about low energy (and motivation) in the afternoon. In turn, they crave a nap, caffeine, or a handful of sugar. As we dive deeper, all signs point to one thing: lunch. Given this common phenomenon, let’s dig into lunches to balance blood sugar. Sayonara, afternoon slump.
How to build a nourishing lunch
Our bodies need fuel: protein, fats, and carbs. However, certain carbohydrates can elicit an unwanted blood sugar response. Hello, fatigue, sugar cravings, a moodiness. Therefore, keeping blood glucose stable is the secret weapon for better energy. As often as possible, we want our meals (especially lunch!) to balance blood sugar. How to do so? Look no further than your plate. The foundation of building a nutritious lunch starts with whole, unprocessed foods. Think: ingredients that are as close to the farm or the ocean as possible. Satisfying fuel is a combination of high-quality protein, healthy fats, complex carbs, and gut-boosting fiber.
When possible, incorporate these ingredients into your daily lunch!
what you’ll need for this roasted radish toast
The ingredient list is simple. Add / modify based on what you have on hand. You can also scramble in additional veggies, like sautéed leeks and mushrooms. Watch the full video, here!
Use what you love! Sprouted grain bread, sourdough, rye, ciabatta, etc.
This toast isn’t complete without cream cheese. Tangy, creamy, and delicious, it’s the perfect base for sautéed leafy greens. Use regular, lactose-free, or plant-based cream cheese.
Have you tried sautéed Swiss chard? It has a delicate and slightly sweet flavor. The texture of the dish is tender and slightly crispy, and the leaves are wilted but still retain some of their crunch. The vibrant green color of the Swiss chard adds a visual appeal to the dish, making it a beautiful addition to any meal.
The start of the show! If you don’t like the spiciness of raw radishes, roasting (or air frying) them is the best way to remove their pungent bitterness.
To complement the slightly sweet flavor of Swiss chard.
Onion powder pairs beautifully with the radishes. Once roasted, they taste like roasted baby potatoes—in part, thanks to the onion powder.
For sautéing greens. This is my favorite extra-virgin olive oil.
sea salt and black pepper
For seasoning Swiss chard and radishes.
Optional, but they add crunch (and zinc!) to this toast.
Last but not least, a tahini drizzle brings the whole dish together. Tahini gives the air fryer radishes a slightly nutty and earthy taste. Soom tahini is the best!
how to make roasted radish toast with cream cheese
STEP 1: Wash + slice radishes into quarters. Place them in an air fryer. Season with sea salt, pepper, and onion powder. Air fry for 8-10 min at 380F.
STEP 2: Meanwhile, wash + chop Swiss chard. Sauté in olive oil, garlic, sea salt, and black pepper for 3-5 minutes.
STEP 3: Layer cream cheese on toast. Add Swiss chard (drain any excess liquid from the greens before adding them!). Top with a handful of radishes.
STEP 4: Sprinkle on pumpkin seeds and drizzle tahini. Optional: add a small pinch of lemon zest and a drizzle of honey for added flavor and sweetness!
More healthy lunch recipes
Need other quick and healthy lunch ideas? Look no further than this avocado protein toast, chilled salmon salad, delicious breakfast tacos, or any of these balanced lunch recipes!
Roasted Radish Toast With Cream Cheese
- 1 slice bread
- 1-2 tablespoons cream cheese
- 1 small bunch radishes
- 1/2 bunch Swiss chard
- 1-2 teaspoons minced garlic
- 1/2 tablespoon olive oil
- 1 tablespoon raw pumpkin seeds
- 1 tablespoon tahini
- 1/2 teaspoon onion powder
- Sea salt and black pepper, to taste
- Wash + slice radishes (greens removed) into quarters. Place them in an air fryer. Season with sea salt, pepper, and onion powder. Air fry for 8-10 min at 380F. *Optional: spray radishes with avocado oil before seasoning.*
- Wash + chop Swiss chard. Sauté in olive oil, garlic, sea salt, and black pepper for 3-5 minutes.
- Toast bread. Layer cream cheese on toast. Add Swiss chard (drain any excess liquid from the greens before adding them!). Top with a handful of radishes.
- Sprinkle on pumpkin seeds and drizzle tahini.
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