Sofia’s Post: Parsnips!

Fall is here and so are parsnips! Parsnips often get confused with carrots because of their similar shape, but parsnips have a lighter, white color. Parsnips have a delicious nutty, sweet flavor. This root vegetable contains a lot of essential vitamins and minerals which have several beneficial effects on our health, such as:

  1. Loads of potassium, which helps to reduce blood pressure
  2. High dietary fiber that helps to reduce cholesterol levels and lowers the chances of developing diabetes.
  3. Rich in iron, Vitamin C and B9, which helps prevent anemia
  4. Rich in soluble fiber, which makes you feel fuller for longer and helps you avoid over eating

Parsnips can be eaten raw or cooked in a variety of ways, such as: roasted, baked, boiled, fried or pureed.  Parsnips are a great substitute for potatoes, even as french fries!  If you want to  experiment with parsnips, try this rosemary garlic parsnip fry recipe. These parsnip fries are an easy side dish that have a crunchy exterior with a soft inside, taking only about 5 minutes to prep and 30 minutes in the oven!

Rosemary Garlic Parsnips Fries

Ingredients:

  1. 1/4 cup olive oil
  2. 4 large parsnips (6-8 smaller)
  3. 4 cloves of garlic (chopped)
  4. 1 tablespoon of chopped rosemary
  5. Salt and pepper to taste

Directions:

  1. Preheat your oven to 400°. Line a baking sheet with foil or parchment paper.
  2. Cut your parsnips into small shoestring pieces and place in a mixing bowl
  3. Drizzle the fries with oil and toss until they are coated. Add the garlic, rosemary, salt and pepper to your bowl and continue tossing.
  4. Spread the fries out on your baking sheet evenly. Bake for 15-20 minutes and take them out to toss the fries around a bit.
  5. Bake for another 15-20 minutes.

Sources:

Recipe: realsimplegood.com

Nutrient information: lybrate.com

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