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How to cook parsnips (infographic)

Jan. 27, 2016

Cast by the shadow of the colorful carrot, parsnips rarely have their chance to shine. But a list of health benefits and a growing popularity are pushing this root vegetable into the limelight. Ursula Ridens, a registered dietitian nutritionist and certified intuitive eating counselor at Sharp HealthCare, shares three tasty ways to prepare them.

How to cook parsnips (infographic). It may look like a colorless carrot, but the parsnip has its own taste and benefits. Parsnips contain potassium and vitamin C, which can help to protect bones and manage blood pressure. The parsnip was also much esteemed in ancient Rome. According to The Domestication of Plants in the Old World by Daniel Zohary and Maria Hopf, Emperor Tiberius accepted a tribute in the form of parsnips from Germany. Bring out the best in this underappreciated veggie with the following three ways to eat parsnips: As a side. 1. Cut length-wise into strips. 2. Toss with olive oil and fresh thyme. 3. Roast in oven at 425 degrees F until tender (20 to 40 minutes, depending on size). 4. Serve with chicken or fish. In a soup. 1. Slice or dice parsnips. 2. Add to chicken or bean soup, along with other vegetables. 3. Garnish with green onions. Make a mash. 1. Slice parsnips into small pieces. 2. In a large pot, boil parsnips along with sliced carrots until soft. 3. Drain and mash. 4. Mix in nutmeg, pepper and a dab of butter to taste. It’s so easy to just stick to the veggies that we’re familiar with, but unfortunately, that makes it easy to get bored, says Ursula Ridens, RD, an outpatient dietitian at Sharp HealthCare. The next time you’re in the produce section of your favorite grocery store, take an extra look around. Picking a veggie that adds new flavor and texture to your meal will help keep your mind and taste buds interested in eating well.

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