There’s a section of the produce aisle where most of us just go blank. Bushels of root vegetables in various colors confuse common culinarians with names like rutabaga, turnips, and parsnips. Although parsnips might not be that popular in American kitchens they are a staple in popular foods all over the world. Packed full of vitamins and low in carbs this underrated veggie is worth looking into. Learn more about this superfood and try a few parsnips recipes of your own for a serious side dish upgrade.
Healthy Parsnips Recipes to add to your healthy diet
What are Parsnips?
Parsnips are shaped like carrots, but with a white or beige color, offer an excellent alternative to traditional starches like potatoes.
Technically members of the carrot family, are rich in age-defying antioxidants like Vitamin C, Vitamin E and Vitamin A. At the same time, their sweet buttery flavor is a bit sharper than that of carrots, and definitely more creamy when cooked (Although, like carrots, parsnips can be eaten raw).
How to Cook Parsnips
Excellent in soups and stews and equally tasty in a puree (similar to mashed potatoes), it delivers the same heartiness and thickening power as potatoes, but with significantly fewer calories, higher folic acid content, and more dietary fiber.
Roasted Parsnips Recipe
- 8-10 whole parsnips
- 2 tbsp Olive Oil
- 2 tbsp Italian herbs mix
- 1 tsp salt
- Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F
- Peel and cut parsnips into bite-size pieces
- Place all ingredients in order into a large mixing bowl and stir to combine
- Place in the oven and roast for 30-35 minutes. Flip halfway through to brown both sides.
Ready to give them a try – like many antioxidants, Vitamin A is a fat-soluble vitamin. So make sure to toss your parsnips with a small pat of butter or olive oil and pair with salmon or any other omega 3 rich fish. This will help the body absorb as much of the anti-aging nutrients as possible.