Tuesday, November 1, 2011

Turnip Fries

No, wait! Going paleo means branching out from the food that you know and trying different things to eat. I know we all miss French fries, especially with a burger. You can make your own sweet potato fries, but they are high on the glycemic index and should only be eaten once in a while. An alternative is turnip fries. Turnips are a good source of Vitamin C and minerals and low on the glycemic scale. Spice them up, and they are a great potato replacement for your paleo challenge. Try different spices, or simply add salt and pepper. Here’s one idea:

1 large turnip
Olive oil
Garam Masala (Indian spice mixture containing cumin, pepper, cinnamon, cloves, coriander and cardamom.)
Sea salt

To prepare:
Peel the turnip and cut into ¼” fry-sized pieces. Place in a Ziploc bag and add a teaspoon or two of olive oil. Shake to combine. Add 1 teaspoon of the garam masala. Shake again. Heat a large skillet to medium-high. Place the fries in the skillet in a single layer. Sprinkle with sea salt. Brown on all sides, turning the fries every few minutes. (You may need to turn the heat down as they cook, to avoid burning.) They should be ready in 10-15 minutes. Pierce one fry with a knife to check to see if it’s cooked through. They are best when they are still firm. 

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