Monday, February 9, 2009

Mashed Parsnips (side dish)

Mmmmmmm. I went to Trader Joe's on Friday and decided to try something other than my normal weekly menu regime, so I decided to get some parsnips. Parsnips are a root vegetable and are a great source of fiber. From How Stuff Works:
Parsnips may seem like an exotic vegetable that is unfamiliar to many, but what they have to offer your diet is twofold: Their fiber content is great for digestion and their sweet taste is satisfying without being high in calories.

Parsnips shine as a fiber source. They're high in soluble fiber, the type that helps lower cholesterol and keep blood sugar on an even keel. They're a surprising source of folic acid, that B vitamin which women who are planning a family require to help reduce the risk of certain disabling birth defects. Folic acid also plays a role in reducing heart disease and may help prevent dementia and osteoporosis bone fractures. And potassium, an aid to blood pressure, is present in ample quantities. Unlike their carrot cousins, however, parsnips lack beta-carotene.

So now for the good stuff - - THE RECIPE!

MASHED PARSNIPS (so easy!!!)

1 bag of Parsnips from Trader Joe's - about 8 parsnips.

Peel the parsnips and then cut in half and boil in water until soft.
Put in the blender with some of the water boiled with the parsnips,
2 tbsp butter, salt, pepper and red pepper flakes to taste.
Blend all together until smooth.
If you're vegan, leave out the butter - it's still delicious!!!!!

Serves about 2 - 4, depending if you want second servings. Mmmmmmm.

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