Kicking the Carbs

I am the ultimate meat & potatoes girl. The simplicity of pairing a good steak with a baked potato sums up my favourite dinner. (Seriously, if you go check my ‘about me’ you will see mashed potatoes listed as my favourite food!) And so, I’ll come right out and say it: I am not a foodie. Don’t get me wrong, I love to eat. But, I often rely on my friends to steer me toward more diverse eating experiences (See Here & Here for examples). And while their suggestions never steer me wrong, when it comes down to a home cooked meal, my loyalty to a meat, carb and veggie are tried and true.

via The Keg (YUM)

Unfortunately, the potato dish that completes my favourite home cooked meals is not a great choice, health-wise. We have all learned that carbs are the enemy, wreaking havoc on our waistlines. While I am a big advocate of the ‘everything in moderation’ rule, having potatoes (or rice) with every dinner is not ideal.

And so, I bring to you my favourite substitute for potato: the turnip. In this recipe, the turnip masquerades as French fries, satisfying my craving for carbs with dinner!

Turnip Fries:

Peel half a rutabaga (aka turnip) and cut it into fry-sized strips.

Boil for approx. 10 minutes.

Strain the strips and lay them on a baking sheet.

Sprinkle a light dusting of salt (I use sea salt) over top of them.

Bake at 375F for approximately 40 minutes, checking and flipping them half-way through.
(I often pair them with a chicken breast, as I can bake both at the same heat for the same length of time!)

Let stand for 2 minutes, add another light dusting of salt.

The finished product! SO delicious!

A healthy meal for the carb-conscious gal: Chicken breast, Turnip fries, Steamed broccoli, and Sliced cucumber!

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About Meghan Brown

Meghan is inanutshell’s contributor who has a lot of different interests and a strong (and humorous) opinion. As a Martha Stewart wanna-be, you can expect lots of delicious recipes, DIY projects and organization tips from her. A lover of pop culture and anything buzzworthy, you can count on her to write about things that she's currently obsessing over and provide colour commentary on a variety of topics. Bad Habit: Reformed (still working on it) Nail Biter/ Favourite Food: Mashed Potatoes / Favourite Restaurant: El Camino / Wine of Choice: Riesling / Favorite Song: Don’t Stop Believing / Favourite Music Genre: Everything, but rap & hip hop have my heart / Favorite Movie: It’s A Wonderful Life / Favorite TV Series: Grey’s Anatomy or Friends/ Favourite Sport: Hockey / Favourite Team: Toronto Maple Leafs and Ottawa Senators / Blackberry or iPhone: iPhone / Favorite Book: Lolita /

One thought on “Kicking the Carbs

  1. Gramps and I intend to open a RUTABAGA fries wagon by the end of July.
    We believe that it will be the only RUTABAGA fries wagon in North America.
    We intend to call our enterprise ‘Gramps and John’s RUTABAGA Fries Non-Carb Factory’.
    We plan to market ourselves as the RUTABAGA Kings of the Ottawa Valley.
    Eventually, we shall sell RUTABAGA fries franchises and become shamelessly rich.
    Sincerely, in beautiful downtown Orleans,

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