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Ever wonder, "what do I do with turnips?"

I have been meaning to post this for a while, and even though winter is nearly over, you should still see some turnips here and there at your local farmer's markets.  Now, me personally, I had never had much experience eating or preparing meals with root crops such as beets and turnips.  I think I always pictured them as something my grandmother would eat (meaning probably not something I would be fond of).  Well, like many things in life, its better to not "knock it till you try it".  I have talked to lots of people about how they prepare their turnips, most people boiling them, or cubing them and putting it in with the greens.  Surprisingly not many people I have spoke to have tried them the way I like them prepared, Roasted.  Talk about yummy!  When cooked this way the turnip has a texture and flavor similar to that of a potato, with a little something more.  And, what a wonderful low calorie, and low carb alternative to potatoes (although turnips are slightly higher in sodium).  You can roast them in the oven or on top of the stove in a large pan (Sort of more of a stir-fry).  I use olive oil and add as many other veggies as I can.  In the picture below I added onions, carrots and celery. 


Then all you do it turn up the heat (approx. 350° for the oven and med. heat for stovetop) if cooking stove top, stir every now and then to keep anything from burning.  In about 10 minutes everything should start looking golden and yummy (see picture below).  This makes a great side dish. Try it out, if you are leery about turnips, I promise preparing them this way will change your mind!


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