Fries made from turnips? Yup! If you’ve never tried a turnip, now is the time. These flavorful turnip fries are the perfect way to get more vegetables on your table.
Anyone else out there think that one of the best ways to eat vegetables is by making them into fries? I know I’m not alone in this! If you’re a parent, fries might be your secret weapon to getting your kids to eat more veggies. So far I’ve created sweet potato fries, squash fries, jicama fries… and now turnip fries.
I have very few turnip recipes here, but I love root veggies and I’m really excited to share this recipe for a couple reasons: 1) Fries are one of my favorite foods and 2) turnips are so healthy! Before I hop into the recipe, let’s chat about turnips for a quick second.
Turnips are a cruciferous root vegetable with a creamy white bottom and light purple top. Like most root vegetables, their peak season is fall – spring. They’re crunchy and taste kind of bland, like a cross between a carrot and a potato. They can be eaten raw or cooked, peeled or unpeeled. You can basically cook them anyway you’d cook a potato — baked, mashed, stir-fried or in soups and stews. And don’t toss the leafy green tops, the greens are edible and packed with nutrients. Turnip greens are similar to mustard greens and taste delicious sautéed in butter or coconut oil with a little garlic, salt and pepper
Turnips are loaded with fiber and a variety of vitamins including vitamin K, A, C, E, B1, B3, B5, B6, B2 and folate, as well as minerals like manganese, potassium, magnesium, iron, calcium and copper. They’re also a good source of phosphorus and omega-3 fatty acids. When compared to white potatoes, turnips are significantly lower in calories and carbs.
Since I know a good portion of my readers are mamas, I wanted to chat a little more about getting your kids to eat more vegetables. (If you’re a vegetable hater yourself, this applies to you too.)
Feel like you have some new tips up your sleeve to get some more vegetables on the table? Know that any vegetable is a win, don’t feel like you need to have your kids eating beets (although they are delicious…).
I’m pretty plain when it comes to fries and normally just stick with ketchup for dipping, but I wanted to create something fun for this recipe so I whipped up an east 3-ingredient ranch Greek yogurt dip. The dip is absolutely delicious, but not 100% necessary to enjoy these turnip fries so feel free to serve them with your favorite dipping sauce.
If you make these baked turnip fries with the Greek yogurt dip be sure to let me know how they turn out by leaving a comment and star rating below. Your feedback is so helpful for the EBF team and readers.