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No More Veggie Intimidation & Turnip Recipe


I’ve been having way too much fun eating Paleo Friendly foods. I know that probably sounds odd… but when veggies make up a huge part of your diet, you have to get creative and that’s where the fun starts.

Over the past few weeks, I have tried lots of veggies that I never use to purchase or even glance at in the grocery store. To be quite honest, some veggies intimidated me… they looked odd, had funny shapes, I didn’t even know how to pronounce some… so I would quickly rush through the produce section with my lettuce, tomatoes, broccoli, carrots, apples and grapes. Yep – those were the staple veggies and fruits in our household for a while… BUT that’s not the case anymore! 🙂

I challenge you to try out a veggie that you never purchase (hopefully on sale!) and use it in a dish this week. Google about any veggie you’d like and you’ll find a plethora of info. Don’t be scared – veggies rock!

Oh… but one thing I have learned, when you start incorporating even more veggies in your diet, your body may have to adjust to the additional fiber intake – which can cause gas and bloating. So much fun, right?! 😉 Veggies that are less likely to cause gas are really any green leafy veggies and squash. Now the vegetables that you should slowly incorporate in your diet are Cauliflower, cabbage, and asparagus to name a few.

Alright, so now onto the recipe…  check out how you can take turnips, a vegetable that I never use to purchase and thought I disliked, into a simple and scrumptious dish that will compliment any meal!

Simple Roasted Turnips

* Around 3 to 4 large turnips or 5 to 6 small turnips (Peel the skin)
* 3 tablespoons of Coconut Oil, melted butter, or melted Ghee (Love this stuff!)
* Salt & Pepper

Preheat Oven to 425 degrees. While oven is preheating, cut turnips into cubes. Throw turnips and whatever fat you choose into baking dish. Make sure to coat the turnips evenly and then season generously with salt and pepper. Roast in oven for about 10 minutes and then flip. Roast another 10 to 15 minutes until they start to brown and soften. That’s it!

These are a wonderful substitute for potatoes. We had them last night with grilled chicken and salad. Enjoy!

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  1. Emilytwinmom

    I was inspired when I read this – I eat corn, carrots, peas, broccoli and raw cauliflower. Not often either, maybe two veggies a week, and forget me eating fruit – my kids eat fruit every day, multiple times, so I don’t eat it so it’ll be there for them. I have a love/hate relationship with food, I’m a celiac. So I thought why not, I poked around online to see what type of local veggies or fruit I could find. OMG is it expensive!! There is absolutely no way I could afford to eat locally grown food unless I found a way to put three kids in school/daycare and get a full time (well paying) job. I guess I’ll have to be a little inspired and poke around my local Publix’s produce section! I’m just in shock that anyone would pay the prices I found locally – someone mentioned buying beef locally awhile back, and the local places I found sell GROUND BEEF for what works out to be $8 a pound! I’m not that rich! Great in theory…

    • Amy

      You sound just like me!! Stay@Home mom, I’m gluten and casein sensitive, yet I leave the fruits and some of the veggies to the kids so I basically exist on meat & grains which is probably not the healthiest. I so need to make myself important. I do better in the spring, summer, and fall though because I love our farmers market and our little garden. We are also trying to save each month so this next time our friend that owns cattle gets some ready for market will be able to pay for that beef. It’s better than the supermarket but yet a cut below grassfed. At least it’s cheaper and we know where it came from. It’s expensive to eat this way especially GFCF, but we are worth feeling better and getting healthier! 🙂

      I am so going to try this recipe…I’ve only had turnips cut up on salads. My husband likes to eat them like apples. (Yuck) but I know he will love this recipe too!

  2. irene

    Oven roasting works for almost any veggie you can think of, especially if you add cloves of garlic. The aroma is amazing!
    Turnips are in season and pretty darn cheap at the farmers market. They can also be braised quickly in a skillet for about 8-10 minutes. If you add a tad of chicken stock towards the end, it makes a nice little sauce.

  3. ohmom

    u can add a pinch of turmeric and fennel seeds/powder-that reduces flatulance

  4. Fairy Dust

    When you’re scoping out all those great root veggies in the produce section of the store, don’t forget the rutabega! They’re usually quite cheap and big, so you get a lot for your money. Just peel off the outer layer that’s often waxed, then cube, boil and mash with some butter, or roast the cubes after tossing with olive oil and salt/pepper. YUM!

  5. sara

    This sounds like a great alternative for my potato addiction. I try not to eat lots of potatoes due to the carbs so I cannot wait to try this!

  6. Lisa

    I am trying this for dinner this evening !!!

  7. Amberly

    Does it taste like potatoes???

  8. Jen

    I was skeptical, but we had some turnips from my in-laws and I tried this out. Turned out really well! My husband ate them all off of his plate before anything else and had seconds! I think it tasted like a mix between brocolli, onion, and potato personally, and I liked it!

  9. melinda

    Collin, can you consider adding a recipe tab or link to your site so we can find them easier? I’m loving the new recipes! Keep them coming!

    • Jesse

      I second this idea! A separate recipe tab! We really like squah hash cold. yum!

    • mrsbone

      I agree!! I just stared eating Paleo today and have loved each recipe I’ve made. A recipe tab would be great!!

  10. donna

    Mmmm… I made these last night. This was the first time eating turnips. I thought they were really good!

  11. Brittany

    Colin! Thank you for the inspiration! I’d have ever ever ever given turnips a try if it weren’t for this recipe, but this is yummy! I can’t wait to get my husband to try this.

  12. mrsbone

    Today is my first Paleo day and I made this recipe for lunch. I cannot believe how good turnips are. Who knew? I also made a stuffed zucchini which was wonderful. So far Paleo earns a big thumbs up!!

  13. scharri

    I said it before, i’ll say it again….. Nothing like plain old mashed tpgether carrots and a few turnips. Lots of butter. YUM!

  14. April

    do these actually taste like potatoes tho????

  15. Tanya

    Absolutely delicious !!!!

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