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Rutabaga Inspiration!

Rutabaga Inspiration!

Rutabaga is a winter root vegetable that’s mild in flavor when eaten raw and develops a slightly sweet richness when cooked. It looks a bit like an ugly turnip and is often overlooked, but this veggie is worth getting to know better! 

For those following a low-carb diet, rutabagas make a great replacement for potatoes - they have a third of the net carbohydrates but all of the flavor! Rutabaga is very versatile and can be roasted, mashed, or steamed. Here are three simple ways to enjoy this winter root! 

Rutabaga Side Dish

Prepare this quick and easy side dish that pairs well with meats and fish!

Ingredients:

  • Rutabaga, peeled & cubed
  • 1/4 cup of onion, diced
  • Fresh rosemary or thyme, finely chopped
  • Salt, pepper, and olive oil

Directions:

  • Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
  • In a bowl, toss the rutabaga, onion, herb, salt, pepper, and olive oil.
  • Spread out on a pan and bake until soft.
  • Heat 1 tablespoon of butter in a pan. Toss the cooked rutabaga quickly until evenly coated and serve hot!



Rutabaga French Fries

With the right seasoning and crispness, you can fool people (including the kids) into believing these are regular fries! 

Ingredients:

  • 1 rutabaga 
  • 1 TBSP Olive Oil 
  • ½  TSP paprika 
  • ½ TSP garlic salt 
  • Pepper to taste 

Directions:

  • Preheat over to 425 degrees.
  • Cut rutabaga in half, then into wedges. Cut off rutabaga skin. 
  • In a bowl, toss the rutabaga wedges with olive oil, paprika, garlic salt, and pepper. 
  • Lay the coated rutabaga on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper. Roast for 30 minutes, flipping halfway through. 
  • Serve hot! 



Mashed Rutabaga

Rutabaga makes a great low-carb mashed potato substitute!

Ingredients:

  • 1 rutabaga, peeled and cubed
  • 2 TBSP butter
  • 1 TSP salt, divided
  • Pepper to taste 

Directions:

  • Add cubed rutabaga to a pot or large saucepan and cover with water. Add ½ teaspoon of salt.
  • Bring to a boil. Reduce heat, cover, and simmer for about 30 minutes or until tender.
  • Using a colander, drain water from rutabaga. Add rutabaga back to pot. Add 2 butter, remaining ½ teaspoon of salt, and pepper, and mash together with a potato masher. 

Add garlic, milk, sour cream, chives, dill, or other toppings for extra flavor!