Monday, June 19, 2017

Vegetable of the Week: Turnip

We recently decided to majorly clean up our eating habits. Somewhere between moving, buying a house, and having a baby, we fell into some less than healthy habits. One of the ways we're having fun with this goal is by picking a different vegetable each week. After we pick out a vegetable, we each find at least one recipe to make with that vegetable. We've decided to share our thoughts and the recipes we try on the blog.


Up first, we have the turnip. This was a random vegetable chosen by the husband. Neither of us had tried a turnip before so this was an entirely new experience.

 
(turnip)
  
After picking our vegetable, we quickly took to the internet in search of turnip recipes. We quickly discovered that they are often cooked in the same manner as a potato. We found recipes for turnip fries, mashed turnips, roasted turnips, and the list goes on. Basically, if you have a favorite potato recipe, you can probably sub in turnips with little to no adjustments. In fact, one of the recipes we chose actually called for potatoes and we substituted it with turnips.

 
(prepping the turnip)

I'm a big believer in keeping things simple the first time you try a new food. So, one of our first recipes was for simple Roasted Turnips. This recipe couldn't have been easier - diced turnips, olive oil, and seasonings. The possibilities when it comes to seasonings are endless but we stuck with very basic ones - salt and pepper. They were delicious and could easily be used as a side in place of potatoes in the future!

 

The next recipe originally called for potatoes. The chicken in this recipe sounded delicious though so we simply subbed turnips in place of potatoes. It was an experiment to see if it really was that easy. We found this One Pan Honey Garlic Chicken and Veggies to be absolutely delicious! The honey garlic sauce mixed in with the veggies as they were cooking and the end result was better than expected.
 
 

The last recipe we tried was chosen by the husband. He found this recipe for Ginger and Turmeric Braised Chicken. He made a couple of modifications (took out the kale and forgot to serve it over rice), but for the most part stuck to the recipe. This one turned out well and was loaded with chicken, carrots, and turnips. The only downside to this recipe is that turmeric turns everything it touches yellow - the counter, the turnips, my hands. Luckily, it is easy to wash off.

Overall, we found that we really liked turnips and will be adding them to our normal rotation of side dishes. There are still a lot of recipes we'd like to try with them - including turnip fries and mashed turnips!

We're pinning all of the recipes we try to this Vegetable of the Week board if you'd like to follow along with our adventure. We're also looking for vegetables for the future. Have a vegetable you think we should feature? We'd love to hear it in the comments below!



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