Roasted turnips are a great alternative to potatoes. If you are ready to explore more root vegetables beyond potatoes and carrots, turnips are a good place to start.
Turnips vs Potatoes
Turnips and potatoes look pretty similar once cooked, but are turnips a good substitute for potatoes?
What is better about turnips:
- Per cup there are about 4 grams of carbs in turnips. Potatoes have roughly 15 net grams of carbohydrates per cup.
- Calories in turnips are approximately 36% of the amount in a serving of potatoes (28 calories vs 77 calories)
- More calcium and Vitamin E.
Advantages of potatoes:
- Better source of protein, potassium, iron, magnesium, B vitamins and a host of other trace minerals.
Conclusion: If you are trying to lose weight and getting the nutrients provided by potatoes from other sources turnip is a smart substitute for potatoes.
How to Roast Turnips
Here is a basic visual walk through of the process of roasting turnips. It is an easy diet friendly side dish, great for those on low carb diets. Full printable recipe below.
Seasoning the butter or oil used to roast the turnips is important if you want them to satisfy family members who are accustomed to potatoes. Let’s make this transition a breeze.
Homemade Ranch Dressing Mix, along with a little extra garlic and onion powder and salt and pepper do the trick.
While you can of course dice turnip for roasting, we simply peeled each turnip, sliced in half, and roasted flat side down. If you opt to dice, simply spread out in a single layer and reduce the roasting time accordingly.
Make sure the turnips are well coated in the seasoning and roast until nicely browned at edges.
Serve along with any dish you would pair with potatoes for a lower carb and fewer calories meal.
- 6 Small turnips
- 3 tbsp melted Butter or olive oil
- 2 tbsp Ranch seasoning
- 1 tsp Garlic powder
- ½ tsp Onion powder
- Sea Salt and fresh ground black pepper to taste
- Preheat the oven to 400 degrees.
- Peel the turnips and cut in half.
- In a mixing bowl, combine the melted butter, ranch seasoning, garlic powder and onions powder. Stir to combine well.
- Add the turnips to the bowl and toss the turnips to coat in the seasoned butter.
- Place the turnips cut side down into a casserole dish or rimmed baking sheet. Pour the remaining butter mixture over the turnip and shake to evenly distribute the butter.
- Add salt and pepper to taste on the turnips.
- Bake for 30 minutes to 40 minutes until the turnips are softened and browned.
- Serve immediately. Garnish with fresh chopped parsley if you like.
Nutrition calculated based on small turnips, 2/3 butter retention and 1/4 tsp sea salt. As always, the data provided is just an estimate.