Parsnips are an absolutely wonderful root vegetable and one of the least appreciated! It is packed with health benefits just waiting to be taken advantage of. Parsnips are lower in calories than carrots and potatoes. They’re naturally sweet and their calories come more from natural sugars vs starch like in a potato. High in folic acid and vitamin B6, they’re an excellent food choice for women who are trying to conceive or pregnant. Other vitamins and minerals that parsnips provide are vitamins C and E, copper, maganese, lots of potassium, fiber, and niacin. Parsnips have been known to be used as a diuretic, antioxidant, aid in reducing obesity, a treatment for kidney disease, and is beneficial for those dealing with asthma.
What is not to love about this superfood? For all its benefits, it’s worth incorporating into the diet. Last night, we made soup from parsnips that is easily vegan/vegetarian friendly.
Parsnip and Toasted Walnut Soup
2 med sized or 1 giant carrot, chopped into small pieces
3 large parsnips, chopping into small pieces
(the two should equal roughly 4 cups when chopped up)
1 med onion, chopped and diced
1/2 cup olive oil
3 generous handfuls of walnuts (maybe 1 1/2 cups?)
4 cups broth (vegetable or bone)
2 1/2 tbs potato starch (or other thickener of your choice)
3 1/2 tbs thyme
2 tbs nutmeg
1/2 tbs corriander
Chop up your carrots and parsnips and set aside. Heat 1/4 cup of your olive oil in a large skillet/sauce pan and sautee diced onion till soft and translucent, about 5 minutes. Add in walnuts, stir, and toast/sautee another 5 minutes. Add in your chopped carrots and parsnips and remaining olive oil and sautee for approx 10-15 minutes. Add potato starch and stir well into the mixture and allow to soak in for about 3 minutes. Pour in your broth, stir, and simmer. Cover and simmer, stirring every few minutes, for another 10 minutes. Make sure the carrots and parsnips are soft and well cooked. Set aside and allow the mixture to cool down enough to pour into a blender or large food processor. Pour entire mixture into your blender/food procesor and pulse till liquified. Return the liquid soup back to the pot/skillet and add in all your spices, stir and blend. Heat through for about 5 minutes to allow the flavors to absorb. Serve.
This recipe is gluten free, grain free, dairy free, egg free, soy free, and can be vegetarian and vegan if you choose vegetable broth.