The Parsnip, Bringing Sexy Back

18 Jan

After the Kohlrabi post, my old college buddy Val from VA asked about what to do with parsnips.  Although parsnips are not on my list of new and different veggies to write about Val has pictures of me that I just don’t want to get out  –  such as -me, dancing on a table with a colander on my head (don’t ask it was college and yes Mom – sadly, I was sober at time of said picture).

Anyway, back to the parsnips….Parsnips are not nearly as overwhelming as they seem. They are basically root veggies, just like a carrot, with a distinct taste. However, you may find it interesting that in many cases parsnips are used more like the carrots starchy cousin, the potato. In fact, before the “po-tater” became a western world fav the parsnip was a regular staple at the dinner table.

So, why are parsnips so sexy?  Well, it depends if you want to share a parsnip or spend some time alone with it. You will have to choose your own adventure here…. Option 1 or 2.

Option1: Share a Parsnip – Parsnips are considered an edible aphrodisiac, much like raw oysters. So, Val if you want to heat up the marriage in the bedroom then cook up some parsnippage in the kitchen, crank up the Barry White and climb into your sexiest pair of Vicky’s.

Option 2: Parsnip & You Alone At Last – In this scenario buy yourself two parsnips one for the kitchen and one for later. Cook one up for a romantic dinner alone and then take the other to your bedroom. Close the door and… -hey, I didn’t go there you did perv. – (If you don’t get this think big white carrot –if you still don’t get this please stop reading my blogs because I promise, I will offend you).

Ok, get your mind out of the gutter and back into healthy eating mode…. I generally use parsnips in soups and stews. They are a great way make a soup heartier without adding rice, pasta or a lot of extra calories. Just peel them, chop them up and throw them in as you would a run of the mill carrot. A note to you veggie-phoebes out there: in soup you will never know the difference between a parsnips and a potato, so go for it!

Soup’s not on the menu this week? Crock Pot in the attic, so stew’s out? Well, here is my favorite simple parsnip side dish recipe for you to give a try –

Sweet & Sexy Parsnip Side

You Need:

  • Non-Stick Cooking Spray
  • ¾ lb of Parsnips (about 2 medium)
  • ¾ lb of Carrots
  • 1 Medium Sweet Onion, like a Vidalia
  • 3-4 Tablespoons of Honey
  • Salt & Pepper
  • Fresh Parsley

Directions:

  • Wash, Peel and Chop Parsnips, Carrots and Onion
  • Heat fry pan at a medium heat, spray with non-stick spray
  • Place Parsnips & Carrots in pan and cook 5 minutes
  • Then, add onion and continue to cook until tender, spraying with more non-stick spray if they begin to stick
  • Add 2 tablespoons of honey to veggies and toss until honey melts a bit and coats the veg.
  • Taste test, careful not to burn your tongue. Add another 1-2 tablespoons of honey based on how sweet you like things and how naturally sweet your parsnips and carrots are.
  • Sprinkle in some salt and pepper, to taste.
  • Chop 1/8 cup of with parsley and sprinkle on top.
  • Serve, to the ones you love and don’t forget the Barry White!

I hope you enjoy the recipe. Let me know how it goes!

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2 Responses to “The Parsnip, Bringing Sexy Back”

  1. Val January 21, 2011 at 8:16 pm #

    THIS IS GREAT!!!! I will be making this soon – I will let you know how it goes 🙂 Mmmmm, parsnips, Barry White, and a colander 🙂 lol

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