I recently saw a recipe for parsnip fries that looked yummy, but I have to admit, I have never cooked a them. Not only had I not cooked a parsnip, I have never eaten one, nor even seen one! I had to google a picture of what a parsnip looked like. They are a root vegetable similar to a carrot, and actually look like a pale version of one.
Parsnips are a root vegetable rich in phytonutrients, vitamins, mineral and fiber content. They have many health benefits: * They can reduce blood cholesterol and constipation because of the fiber content. * They have high vitamin C content which is an anti oxidant and can help prevent free radical damage to our cells that cause diseases and cancers. *They contain many poly-acetylene anti-oxidants which have many anti-fungal, anti-inflammatory and anti-cancer properties. * They have high levels of Folate which can help development of baby during pregnancy *They also have healthy levels of minerals like iron, calcium, copper, potassium, manganese and phosphorus, which have many benefits for your body.
I would treat parsnips like fruits and veggies with a higher starch and sugar content like banana’s, grapes, potatoes and beans. There are great benefits of parsnips, but have them on your plate as your starch along with other green veggies! Here is an example of a healthy fat loss dinner plate:
Finally to the recipe! I took this recipe by Rozanne Gold on Epicurious and tweaked it a little.Ingredients 2 lbs of parsnips peeled, PEELED and cut into strips. (If you don’t peel them, they have a funny after taste) 1 Tbsp dried or fresh rosemary 1 large garlic clove, or 2 tsp minced garlic 2 Tbsp Olive oil 2 tsp cumin salt and pepper to taste
Preheat oven to 450 degrees. Mix all ingredients in a bowl or a ziploc bag. (I prefer to put everything in a bag and shake it to coat it well). Spread cuts over a baking sheet.
Roast for 10 minutes, flip over parsnips and roast another 10-15 minutes. You should see browning in spots of the parsnips. You can add a bit more salt, pepper, and cumin to taste once you you pull them out to cool.
Makes 6 servings. Nutritional info per serving: Calories- 150, Fat-5g, Carbohydrate- 26g, Fiber- 5g, Sugar-7g, Protein- 2g
Paleo, Gluten Free, Vegetarian and Vegan Dish