Sautéed Turnips

So easy and so tasty! Give these a go instead of fries!

3 medium turnips, peeled and sliced into thin half moons, or alternatively like french fries (peeling is not necessary if turnips are fresh)
2-3 Tbsp sesame oil
Sea salt
Tamari or Bragg Liquid Aminos
Fresh parsley

Saute turnips for 3 mins in sesame oil. Sprinkle with salt and cover. Simmer for another 10-15 mins. Turnips will “sweat” and cook in their own juices – the salt draws the juice out, bringing out their sweetness. If needed, add a little water, cover and simmer until turnips are soft. Turn heat off and drizzle tamari over turnips. Place them in a bowl and sprinkle with fresh parsley before serving

Why eat Turnips:

Turnips are members of the cruciferous vegetable family, which also includes cabbage and broccoli. They are an excellent source of fibre, vitamin C, folic acid, and vitamin B5. Other important nutrients include potassium and magnesium. Both the root and the greens of turnip are edible but between the two, the greens have a greater nutrient content. As a member of the brassica family, turnips provide similar health benefits to cabbage they are protective against cancer, in particular, colon, prostate, lung and breast cancers.

Quick serving ideas:

  • Turnips are most often prepared by boiling diced turnips in water and then mashing them. Mashed turnips can be served on their own or mixed with an equal amount of mashed potatoes.
  • Turnips are also great in soups, stews, and vegetable casseroles.
  • Turnips greens can be added to a salad mix or sautéed and seasoned with lemon juice and cayenne pepper.
  • Lightly saute turnip greens, sweet potatoes, and tofu, and serve alongside your favourite grain.
  • Turnip greens can also be used in equal portion to spinach in making vegetarian lasagna.