Fantastic Turnips

turnipsMy wife and I have been on the Atkins Diet for some time and have been avoiding carbohydrates, so no potatoes and I love them.  so in an effort to keep me happy my wife has been using turnips for some different uses and surprisingly enough they have been very good.  So here is a post she wrote on them


Ok here is another good source of vegetable that we have been eating. Turnips, our diet is limited so we have cooked them in  new ways to our taste. Plain, Steamed, Roasted, Mashed, and blended for sauce, turnips are fantastic tasting. This morning I even tried them fried with bell pepper, onion, salt, pepper, garlic and cayenne pepper. The turnips came out nice and crispy like we like them and the flavor although not quite like regular hash brown potato, was very good.

We have tried them mashed, steamed with spices, roasted with other favorites and all have been very good. You can use turnips in any dish, like soup or stew and even though I have not tried it even a dip. (another experiment coming up) Try them in salad, raw of course, just like you would jicama or radishes.

Steamed and mashed with butter salt and pepper they make a decent substitute for mashed potatoes.

  • Turnips are very low calorie root vegetables; contains only 28 calories per 100 g. However, they are very good source of anti-oxidants, minerals, vitamins and dietary fiber.
  • Fresh roots are indeed one of the vegetables rich in vitamin C; provide about 21mg or 35% of DRA of vitamin C per 100 g. Vitamin-C is a powerful water-soluble anti-oxidant required by the body for synthesis of collagen. It also helps the body scavenge harmful free radicals, prevents from cancers, inflammation, and helps boost immunity.
  • In addition, its green tops are also a very good source of B-complex group of vitamins such as folates, riboflavin, pyridoxine, pantothenic acid and thiamin.
  • Further, the fresh greens are also excellent sources of important minerals like calcium, copper, iron and manganese.

See the table below:

  • Turnips/100 g
  • Turnip greens/100 g
  • Calories
  • 28
  • 32
  • Vitamin C
  • 21 mg
  • 60 mg
  • Vitamin A
  • 0 mg
  • 11587 IU
  • Vitamin K
  • 0.1µg
  • 251µg
  • Calcium
  • 30 mg
  • 190 mg
  • Iron
  • 0.3 mg
  • 1.10 mg
  • Manganese
  • 0.134 mg
  • 0.466 mg
  • Carotene-ß
  • 0 µg
  • 6952 µg
  • (Source: USDA National Nutrient data base)

They are easy to grow and store well in a root cellar.  Make sure you have turnip seed in your preps

We hope that you will try this dish and tell us what you think. If you have any other recipes please send them along.

Preparedness Mom

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