Rutabaga! Comparable to sweet potatoes and turnips in texture and flavour, this vegetable is a prime winter ingredient for many comfort meals. But how do you use it, and what benefits does it have for your health?
High in antioxidants – rutabaga contains high levels of vitamin C and E, both of which are important for supporting your immune system and boosting skin health, growth and protection.
High in fiber – rutabaga also contains quite a bit of soluble fiber, which is useful for digestion and nutrient absorption in the gut.
High in potassium – this vegetable is a fantastic source of potassium that can be beneficial for moderating blood sugar and reducing hypertension.
High in zinc – this mineral is fantastic for promoting enzymatic activity, which is responsible for multiple bodily processes. It can also help support your immune system.
Now, how to prepare them for dinner! Take a look at two ways you can incorporate rutabaga into your dinner tonight:
Yes, this is a thing! Peel and cut through the center of one organic rutabaga (carefully!) and chop the two halves into small spears.
Toss the spears in olive oil and spices such as salt, black pepper, a touch of cayenne, paprika, and garlic. Roast in the oven on a baking tray at 425 degrees for 30 minutes, flip, then another 30 minutes. Add your favourite dipping sauce as a side and enjoy!
SWEET ROASTED RUTABAGA:
Peel and cut through the center of 2-3 small organic rutabagas, then roughly chop each half. Toss cubes of rutabaga in 2 tbsp. olive oil, ¼ C of organic maple syrup, 2 tbsp. coconut or brown sugar, 1 tsp. nutmeg, 1-2 sprigs of organic thyme and roast on a baking tray at 400 degrees for 30-45 minutes (or until tender and golden). Serve warm as a side.