Flavors of the Season: Parsnips
Since I am always trying to insert a variety of vegetables into our diet, I was intrigued about parsnips, which are in season in February. I occasionally buy turnips to mix into recipes but I never stop to buy parsnips. Even though they are right next to the turnips where I shop!
Parsnips are a good substitute for potatoes and carrots in most recipes. I didn't realize that parsnips may help support a healthy heart. Since heart disease runs rampant in my family, I am always thinking about how my diet can support heart health. Parsnips contain high levels of potassium, magnesium, zinc and iron. Potassium and magnesium help to regulate blood pressure and reduce stress on the heart. (Source: Organic Facts)
Now I have to find some recipes! During the week, I serve one dinner that is meat-free. Every once in awhile I can get my life partner to eat more than one meat-free dinner. I am meat-free 3-4 days a week so I wanted to find recipes that work for both of us.
I hope you are pleased with the selection below. If you try any of the recipes, let me know what you thought and don’t forget to tag me on Instagram as @heatherleehurst and use the #heathershealthhabits hashtag. Follow my blog on Bloglovin.
Three Layer Parsnip Cake with Cream Cheese Frosting by The Hungry Hounds. I was as surprised as I am sure you are right now to see a parsnip cake recipe. But parsnips are sweet! They have a high natural sugar content - 6 grams in 1 cup - making them perfect for a cake recipe. After all, you've heard of carrot cake, right? Click here for the recipe.
Carrot, Parsnip, and Lentil Casserole from Noshing with the Nolands. This is a hearty meal that can easily be your meat-less dinner choice. The recipe calls for milk & butter but you can easily make this vegan by substituting nut-milk and vegan butter. Click here for the recipe.
Roasted Cauliflower and Parsnip Soup from Spoon Fork Bacon. I love that this soup uses another veggie that is in season in February - cauliflower! Roasting Parsnips brings out their sweetness which is nicely balanced by the cauliflower. This soup is so hearty, it can be served for dinner with a salad and a nice crusty bread. Click here for the recipe.
Parmesan Parsnip Fries by Well Plated. The author of the recipe states: if you like sweet potato fries, you'll love parsnip fries. The parsnips crisp up nicely but stay soft in the middle. Serve the parsnip fries as a side dish with burgers or roasted chicken. Click here for the recipe.
Parsnip Fritters by Inhabited Kitchen. What a great idea! I love fritters as a side dish or a lunch dish! The recipe calls for an egg and milk but I always substitute a flax egg and nut milk for a vegan dish. Click here for the recipe.
I hope the parsnip recipes have you ready to try this versatile vegetable in numerous ways in the kitchen. If you try any of the recipes, let me know what you think! Follow my blog on Bloglovin.