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How to Make Healthy French Fries Using Turnips

I just never dreamed I would try this, but since we’ve been adding more fresh, local vegetables to our dietswe needed an idea for turnips. Frank Mason of the Bluebird Market suggested we try Turnip Fries.  I was skeptical, but once I tried them…I was impressed.


Recipe for Turnip Fries

Turnip Fries are doctored up from potatoes for a healthy alternative.

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4 turnip roots, cut into strips (skins on)
2 tbs extra virgin olive oil
seasoning (chipotle powder, paprika, pepper, and sea salt)

Wash turnips well.  Slice and then cut slices into thin strips in the manner of a French Fried potato. Toss in extra virgin olive oil and sprinkle with sea salt and pepper and other seasonings of choice.  Pan sear and gently stir fry over medium heat until the turnip is cooked through and soft.  If you would like turnip fries crispy on the outside, just before removing from the pan, turn up the heat and stir as they brown. Season with your favorite seasonings. Optional:  Serve with Crystal hot sauce or Heinz Ketchup.

Health Benefits of Turnips


Turnips are a “starch” vegetable, but provide only one third the amount of calories as
an equal amount of potatoes. Turnips provide an excellent source of vitamin C, fiber,
folic acid, manganese, pantothenic acid, and copper.



Turnip, 1 cup (135g) (raw, cubes)
Calories: 35
Protein: 1.17g
Carbohydrate: 8.1g
Total Fat: 0.13g
Fiber: 2.3g
*Excellent source of: Vitamin C (27.3mg)

Potatoes have a very high glycemic Index and Turnips have a low glycemic index.  Go for health!


Other Turnip Recipes

Baked Turnip Fries

Farmer Bob’s Fried Turnips and Potatoes


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