Have you ever tried parsnips? Well, I hate to admit it but I tried parsnips last month for the first time in all my 52 yrs. I don't really know why my family never sought out this root veggie but I'm here to tell you - we didn't know what we were missing! These are my new favorite food. They look like a white carrot. When roasted with a little olive oil they are sweet and delicious! Yum!
Here's the nutritional facts:
Nutritionally, parsnips are low in calories, about 130 for a whole one 9" in length, and contain no saturated fat or cholesterol. That same 9" parsnip can boast a 6.4 grams of fiber, 93.1 mcg of folic acid (that's nothing to sneeze at), 59.2 mg of calcium, and 46.4 mg of potassium, and lesser amounts of vitamins B1, B2, B3, vitamin C, iron, and zinc. (taken from Vegetarians in Paradise)
If you're looking for a little variety on your plate, go get you some parsnips and butternut squash. Peel and cut into one inch chunks, drizzle on a little olive oil and roast at 425 degrees till they get tender. Enjoy!