If you’re not entirely sure what rutabaga is — or even what to do with it — you’re not alone. The oft-misunderstood and under-used bulbous root vegetable tends to get the shaft in favour of turnips. Although somewhat similar in taste, rutabaga is actually sweeter and can easily make a good substitute for dishes that feature sweet potatoes or carrots. From casseroles and soups to fries and salads, there’s a plethora of ways to cook with rutabaga. It also packs a hefty nutritional punch, so you might want to jump on this bandwagon ASAP!
Old-Fashioned Chicken Stew
When it comes to rutabaga, the highs and lows are plentiful: high in antioxidants (vitamins C and E) and potassium, low in sodium and calories. Ease into cooking with it by opting for recipes where it shares the limelight with other root veggies, such as carrots, turnips and parsnips. This hearty stew from The Pioneer Woman is the perfect place to start.
Rutabaga Herb Oven Fries
Homemade vegetable fries, baked in the oven, are a healthier way to curb your cravings for French fries — and sturdy veggies, such as rutabaga, parsnips and zucchini, are able to withstand the amount of heat needed for a crispy, golden exterior and soft interior.
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Garlicky Potato-Rutabaga Mash
Although frequently referred to as a “turnip alternative,” rutabaga is actually a close relative of the Brassica (mustard) family of plants. Think: cabbage, broccoli, cauliflower and Brussels sprouts. It also happens to be an excellent source of fibre, promotes gut health and aids digestion. So the next time you’re whipping up a comfort food classic, opt for this rutabaga-infused mashed potato recipe instead of your usual go-to.
Underground Veggie Roast
Rutabaga, red-skinned potatoes, turnips, parsnips and carrots come together in this delectable caramelized roasted veggie recipe that is the perfect complementary side dish for one of your classic comfort food mains.
Rutabaga Oka Soup
We all know vitamin C is a pretty big deal, stimulating immune defense and repairing body tissues. Thankfully, rutabaga is rich in this essential vitamin, so why not make your own hearty vegetable soup starring this sweet and mild root veggie? We have the sneaking suspicion it’ll be a family fave in no time.
Instant Pot Mashed Sweet Potatoes
The beauty of rutabaga is that it’s relatively easy to incorporate into your everyday diet. For starters, consider some of your favourite hearty autumn and winter go-to recipes and simply swap out the usual sweet potatoes, carrots or turnips in favour of this trending, nutrient-rich veggie. A perfect example would be this Instant Pot mashed sweet potatoes dish that would taste just as sweet if it were made with rutabaga.
Moroccan Carrot Salad
If you’re feeling a little adventurous, whip up this healthy Moroccan-inspired salad — but instead of carrots, make rutabaga the star by tossing the raw shavings with coriander, cumin, cayenne and cinnamon. Don’t forget to top it all off with golden raisins and a light homemade lemon dressing. Pair it up with this slow cooker chicken breast.