The health benefits of parsnips are plentiful; here are only a few of them! Parsnips are full of soluble and insoluble fibre, a good 7 grams per single serve, which will help the body maintain a healthy blood sugar level, lower cholesterol and support a healthy bowel movement. The high amount of vitamin C in parsnip, a powerful anti-oxidant, is definitely welcome during the colder winter months to help boost our immune system. In equal amount as vitamin C, parsnip contains folate and several other B vitamins. Folate is a water soluble vitamin, and among its numerous tasks are DNA synthesis and cell growth. Other anti-oxidants in parsnips besides vitamin C, are responsible for its anti-inflammatory and anti-fungal properties, research has shown.
So having discussed the numerous health benefits of parsnip, lets continue to a lovely winter side dish; Mashed parsnip!
Mashed parsnip (side dish, serves 4)
500 grams of parsnip
1 large onion
A few cloves of garlic
A little bit of olive oil
1/3 cup of organic full cream milk
Dollop of Butter
Chives to garnish
Salt and pepper to taste
Cut the onion and parsnip in large chunks and put in a bowl. Add 1-2 tablespoons of olive oil and make sure all the vegetables are coated with olive oil. Add a sprinkle of salt.
Put the vegetables and the cloves of garlic (with the skin on) on a baking try and roast in the oven until golden brown and soft (160 degrees for 30-40 minutes).
Remove from tray, and peel the garlic. Put everything in a bowl with a dollop of butter. Heat up the milk until just boiling and add to the vegetables. Mash the vegetables with a hand mixer or use a kitchen machine. Season with pepper and chives. Enjoy!
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