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Monday, February 25, 2013

Ruta-what-a,...Rutabagas!: Healthy Eating/Weekly Menu Plan

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Rutabagas
Rutabagas

In my quest to eat seasonally and healthy I have been venturing in to the murky waters of root vegetables. Squash is not strange... we all eat that during Thanksgiving... but celery root and now rutabaga... such a name,... it's origin is Swiss meaning "root ram" it is basically a yellow turnip. 

So, if you like a slightly bitter, woody vegetable especially to off set the sweetness of carrots or beets this is a great vegetable for you to incorporate into your winter diet. Rutabagas are high in fiber and a great source of vitamin C and contain iron and calcium too.


I made Mario Baltali's recipe  Sautéed Rutabagas with Chiles, Mint, and Maple from his seasonally guiding cookbook: Simple Family Meals: From My Home to Yours. 




The Maple syrup in this recipe really balanced the bitter woodiness of the rutabaga and the chiles add a nice heat...the mint was a really interesting, light surprise...

Sautéed Rutabagas with Chiles, Mint, and Maple


Here are some other recipes for rutabaga that you might like to try:

Sautéed Mushroom & Rutabaga Soup
Sautéed Mushroom & Rutabaga Soup
Weekly Menu Plan: 


Sunday: Langousta in Seafood Risotto

Meatless Monday: White Eggplant, Black-eyed Peas,  Roasted Beets and Potatoes

Tuesday: Bacon Scallion Yellow Lentil Soup with Rustic Bread

Wednesday: Chicken Diable with Mashed Potatoes

Thursday: Black Bean Enchiladas with Salad

Friday: Fish Sticks, Green Beans, and Corn

6 comments:

  1. My grandma loved those things! I have yet to taste one to this day! Great looking menu. I gotta say, I've been wanting fish sticks for the longest time! Thank God it's Lent!
    -Cinella

    stopping by from MPM

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    1. I think rutabaga has been neglected since your grandmother's day.

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  2. I definitely want to try it, especially the Sauteed Rutabagas with chiles, mint, and maple.
    It seems like a dish for me :)
    I LOVE vegetable

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    1. That recipe doesn't seem to be on line only in Mario Baltalis book.. which has wonderful vegetable recipes in it.

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  3. thank you for including a link to my red lentil and rutabaga soup recipe! :)

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    1. You are very welcome. I love the idea of combining rutabaga with lentils.

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