Thursday, January 22, 2015

1 Ingredient, 5 Ways: Fennel

It’s crunchy, sweet and refreshing all at once. Which vegetable? Fennel. Is it just us, or is this one puzzling vegetable? We know that it works well in Italian cuisine but...it’s just so difficult to add in!

We’re always up for a culinary challenge, so today we’ll be taking a closer look at some excellent reasons to finish up that fennel. And of course we’ll be highlighting five incredibly gorgeous recipes.

via Flickr by Alice Henneman
Let’s start with the health benefits. Here are just a couple of reasons why you should consider throwing fennel into the mix:


  • An excellent source of vitamin C
  • A very good source of fiber
  • Helps lower high blood pressure
  • Helps with digestion and works to get rid of bad breath
  • Contains high levels of potassium, which can increase brain function



foodie crush: Citrus Fennel and Avocado Salad


Look at those colours! Could this salad be any more stunning? We think not. As far as we’re concerned, foodie crush hit this recipe out of the park. After getting an eyeful of this salad, we’ve definitely got a crush on fennel.

Photo by foodie crush
Click here for the full recipe.

Bon Appétit: Tortellini with Italian Sausage, Fennel, and Mushrooms.


Bon Appétit nails the classic Italian pairing of fennel with mushrooms and sausage, and it’s an added bonus that it takes under an hour to get the dish from stove-top to table.

Photo by José Picayo
Click here for the full recipe.

The First Mess: Leek, Fennel, Apple & Walnut Soup with Turmeric


Again with the colours! Isn’t this just the most deliciously beautiful soup? The delicate topping of fennel wisps and crunchy walnuts really kicks its culinary status up a notch.

Photo by The First Mess
Click here for the full recipe.

The Kitchy Kitchen: Wild Alaskan Salmon with Pistachio Pesto & Roasted Fennel


This recipe feels like it’s a few steps outside the “practical uses of fennel” box...but boy, does it look good!

Photo by The Kitchy Kitchen
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love & olive oil: Caramelized Fennel and Onion Pizza


This pizza isn’t your typical, beautifully contrasting pizza with a traditional sauce and classic flavor palate. This pizza is golden, gooey, sweet, savory and salty. This pizza is the stuff of legends.

Photo by love and olive oil

Click here for the full recipe.