Turnips are one of the unsung heros of the vegetable world. Like all veggies it’s low in calories, but the nutrient density of turnips ranks very high! They are loaded! You have almost the entire alphabet! Vitamins A, most of the Bs, C, E, K and minerals like iron, calcium, manganese, potassium, magnesium and copper.
What does a turnip taste like? It has it’s own unique flavor but some say it can taste a little like a rutabaga. There is a slight bitter taste but I believe it’s due to the nutrient density. And it’s not just the turnips that are nutrient dense, the greens are also loaded.
So how should I eat this vegetable? You can slice and cook it in water like you would beets, but the latest trend is roasting.
Preheat oven to 400 degrees
Cut the greens off the turnips and save. Use a scrubber to wash turnips and cut them into cubes. Toss in a small amount of olive oil, sprinkle with a little salt, pepper and garlic and spread them out on a pan. Bake for 15 minutes, shake them around to turn them and then cook them for another 10 minutes, or until they are tender to a fork.
Sauteed Turnip Greens:
For this recipe I prefer butter over olive oil for the flavor. Melt a tablespoon of butter in a pan. Saute some diced onion and pressed garlic in the pan, adding salt and pepper. When onions turn translucent add the greens, chopped. Continue cooking until the greens have wilted to your liking.
Having them together is a great, light meal!