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.
What are turnips and what do they taste like?
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
Are turnips good for you?
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.)
I wasn’t kidding about the fries. As long as they aren’t deep fried in a ton of gross oil, fries are a great way to get new veggies into your kiddos diet! I have mastered a crispy, tasty baked fry. It takes some patience because they take awhile to get crispy but #worththewait!
Shredded vegetables hidden in baked goods are my second tip. Yes, a sweeter treat with vegetables counts too! I love adding shredded zucchini or carrot to oatmeals and baked goods – they make the dish super moist. Sorry if you hate that word but it really is the best describing word for this scenario! Fair warning: sometimes you can see the shredded vegetables in the dish so if your kids are a super sleuths you might have some pushback on this. Try this zucchini bread oatmeal or these carrot cake breakfast cookies!
Smoothies are an awesome way to hide veggies! IMO it’s hard to screw up smoothies. Having said that, there are some smoothies that definitely taste better than others! My tip: start with mild vegetables and build from there. Frozen zucchini and cauliflower have super mild taste and thicken smoothies without adding a lot of sugar. If you’re a pumpkin fan, you have to try this smoothie. I’m a year-round pumpkin gal…apologies if you aren’t. 😉
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.