Parsnip Fries + Parsley with Apricot BBQ
Craving Fries!?!? Well instead of driving through the nearest fast food joint try steering towards the market and pick up some yummy delicious Parsnips. Eating healthy while still enjoying some classic favorites CAN be a challenge but with a little know how and creative effort that can all change. Your eyes will open to a whole world of culinary wonders that'll make you think twice about ever fueling it with empty calories. And yes...you could easily pick up some Potatoes and make traditional homemade fries but the purpose of this post is to show you how to think outside of the box using new ingredients in different ways. The more and more you engage in this line of thinking the less overwhelmed(more on this topic later) you'll be when trying to make healthy home menu decisions. In the end, you'll have amassed a whole box full of new recipes and those foreign or just plain overlooked items at the market will be your new best friends. So before I get too carried away let's get started with our Parsnip Fries adventure.
Soooo…what is a Parsnip???
A Parsnip is a taproot and a close relative to the carrot, cousins perhaps(you can see the resemblance). It's been described by some as having a mild spice flavor but it's main palette point is sweet. And because of this, it was once used in Europe as a sweetener before the arrival of cane sugar. It's loaded with Vitamin and Minerals especially Potassium and definitely holds it's own in Dietary Fiber(which we ALL need).
So to get started we're gonna need to peel these lovely ladies, start with around 4 to 5 medium sized Parsnips...
and then cut them into pieces about 3/8 inch to 1/2 inch thick(note that larger parsnips have what's called a "woody core" that'll need to be carved out before baking). And YES, we're baking these.
Then drizzle them with some Olive Oil and a sprinkling of salt and pepper. Toss together and place on a non stick cookie sheet and bake at 450 for about 40-45 mins. I like to toss them every 15 to 20 mins, this creates uniformity in the cooking and coloring process.
Now off to make the Apricot BBQ!! Below is a list of what you'll need...
4 apricots(loaded with Fiber and Vitamin A)
1/2 cup ketchup
5 tsp molasses
4 tsp apple cider
2 tbsp coconut palm sugar
1/2 tsp salt
Combine all ingredients in a blender, kitchen prep, or food processor and blitz away till smooth. Pour into a dipping bowl and set aside.
Now grab yourself a hand full of Parsley(wonderfully medicinal and a rich source of antioxidants) and chop it up good. We'll top the fries with this when they come out of the oven and are cool enough to handle.
Now for the final presentation…drum roll please……………….!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Enjoy:)