By Dr. Janet Brill
Are potatoes a staple side dish at your dinner table?
If yes, have you ever tried using turnips to replace your mashed potatoes, roasted potatoes, or french fries?
Cooked turnips are a nutrient dense root vegetable with a similar starchy texture as potatoes, but they have a significantly lower amount of calories and carbohydrates compared to most potato side dishes.
1 cup of raw turnips
Calories: 36 kcal
Carbohydrate: 8 g
Dietary Fiber: 2 g
1 cup of raw red potatoes
Calories: 108 kcal
Carbohydrate: 24 g
Dietary Fiber: 1g
Also, turnips are rich in Vitamin C!
Try substituting your starchy side dish this week with this featured low cholesterol recipe of delicious and nutritious Oven Roasted Turnips.
Roasted Turnips with Mustard Vinaigrette
Roast your vegetables with a homemade mustard vinaigrette!
Yield: 8 servings (1/2 cup per serving)
Pre-heat oven to 400 ºF. Grease a baking sheet with olive oil. In a small bowl, whisk together the Mustard Vinaigrette ingredients. In a large bowl, mix the turnips with the mustard vinaigrette until the turnips are evenly covered with the vinaigrette. Spread out the turnips on the baking sheet. Roast the turnips for 20-25 minutes until the turnips are lightly browned. Serve turnips hot or cold. Optional: garnish with parsley.
Nutrition Per Serving:
Calories: 93 kcal, Fat: 7 g, Cholesterol: 0 mg Carbohydrate: 7g, Dietary Fiber: 2g, Protein: 1g