Turnips are a white-fleshed root vegetable with white and purple skin. They have a slightly sweet but snappy flavor, similar to cabbage. These turnip recipes are delicious!!
They are low in calories and high in vitamin C. Turnip greens are very rich in antioxidants such as vitamin C, vitamin A and vitamin K.
When purchasing turnips, choose ones that are firm and feel heavy for their size. Turnips can get woody as they grow, so look for ones that are less than 4 inches in diameter. Store turnips in a plastic bag in the refrigerator for up to two weeks. Store the turnip greens separately if you plan to eat them.
We have curated a list of delicious Turnip Recipes and healthy recipes below. Check them out below and start expanding your family’s palate tonight! Don’t get in a food rut and offer the same veggies each night.
Easy Baked Turnip Chips
Potatoes aren’t the only root vegetable that make awesome chips. These easy turnip chips are a great gateway food and I bet your kids won’t even know the difference 😉
Get the recipe here for Easy Baked Turnip Chips
Turnip Sesame Seared ‘Scallops’
Prepared in this way, the turnips will be slightly soft on the inside and crispy on the outside. They will be slightly sweet, similar to real scallops. This is a great recipe to pack in the vegetables and expand your child’s palate.
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Get the recipe here for Sesame Seared ‘Scallops’
Baked and Spicy Oregano Turnip Fries
These turnip fries are another awesome gateway food. Your little ones will gobble them up and they are super easy for babies to hold, making them awesome for baby led weaning or as a finger food for kids of all ages.
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Get the recipe here for Baked And Spicy Oregano Turnip Fries
Raw Turnip Salad
Try this easy to put together turnip salad with dinner tonight. Combined with carrots, this is the perfect side dish for burger night or a family gathering.
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Turnip and Feta Fritters
These crispy turnip fritters are slightly sweet and deliciously cheesy. Make them next time your kids are asking for potato pancakes!
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Get the recipe here for Turnip And Feta Fritters
Roasted Turnips and Mushrooms
When it comes to new vegetables, your child may be more responsive to them if they are roasted in the oven with familiar spices. These roasted turnips and mushrooms are the perfect side dish to spice up a beef or chicken dinner.
Get the recipe here for Roasted Turnips and Mushrooms
Stewed Turnip Greens
Turnip greens are a nice alternative to spinach. If your child won’t eat plain greens, try chopping these up and adding them to mashed potatoes or mashed cauliflower.
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Get the recipe here for Stewed Turnip Greens
Turnip Quinoa Cakes
These turnip quinoa cakes are so versatile. You can substitute or add in tons of different veggies including sweet potatoes, zucchini or broccoli. Paired with a delicious avocado cream, your little ones are sure to love these!
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Get the recipe here for Turnip Quinoa Cakes With Avocado Crema
Sliced Turnip Recipes and Bacon Bake
This warm and crispy turnip and bacon bake is perfect as a side dish with beef or lamb, but can also be the main dish.
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Get the recipe here for Sliced Turnip And Bacon Bake
Arabic Pickled Turnips
These traditional pickled turnips are a staple in middle eastern cuisine. They are a great topper for pitas stuffed with falafel or chicken shawarma. If your little ones like traditional dill pickles, definitely give these a try!
Get the recipe here for Arabic Pickled Turnips
Turnip The Disco Fries
These turnip and potato fries are a fun spin on normal loaded cheese fries. You can change up the toppings to your little ones taste and even load up on the veggies. Sliced tomatoes, olives, grilled mushrooms and onions and avocado would all be amazing!
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Get the recipe here for Turnip The Disco Fries
Stuffed Turnip Greens
These stuffed turnip greens are a nice substitution for stuffed grape leaves or cabbage. This recipe is vegetarian, but feel free to play with the stuffing and add ground beef or pork.
Get the recipe here for Stuffed Turnip Greens
Turnip Parsley Cakes
These turnip cakes get a delicious and fresh take with the addition of parsley. Serve them at breakfast with eggs and a side of fruit.
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Get the recipe here for Turnip Parsley Cakes
Rosemary and Garlic Turnip Noodles
These turnip noodles are a super fun substitution for spaghetti squash or zucchini noodles. They can be roasted, fried, sauteed or eaten raw. Have fun and play around with the sauce and veggie add ins.
Get the recipe here for Rosemary and Garlic Turnip Noodles
Chinese Turnip Cakes
This traditional Chinese staple, called Lo Bak Go, is often seem at dim sum restaurants and served for Chinese New Year. Get creative and serve these for dinner along with a homemade asian vegetable stir fry.
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Get the recipe here for Turnip cakes
Turnip Cauliflower Mash
Turnip Cauliflower Mash is an awesome alternative to traditional mashed potatoes. Top this dish with some cheese, sour cream and bacon and your kids will never know the difference!
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Get the recipe here for Turnip Cauliflower Mash Recipe
Sesame Roasted Turnips and Barley
This dish is a great lunch or an easy dinner to throw together. Serve over quinoa for an extra added protein boost or include a handful of white beans. Since turnips have a slight sweetness, they are a welcome substitution for roasted potatoes.
Get the recipe here for Sesame Roasted Turnips and Barley
Turnip Puff is a great side dish for festive roasted chicken or turkey. Serve this instead of the traditional potato side dish at your next family dinner. This dish can also be made ahead of time and frozen.
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Get the recipe here for Turnip Puff
Chicken With Carrots, Turnips and Barley
This is a super hearty meal that the whole family will love! You can even mix it up and use a combo of turnips, carrots, potatoes, rutabagas, parsnips or even beets.
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Get the recipe here for Chicken In A Pot With Carrots, Turnips And Barley
Turnip Gratin is an amazing gateway food and a fun spin on the traditional potato version.
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Onion and Turnip Soup
This soft and creamy soup is an awesome belly filler that is perfect for school lunches or dinner. Pair it up with some croutons or crusty bread for dipping.
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Get the recipe here for Onion And Turnip Soup Recipe
These glazed turnips are a perfect and simple side dish for any meal. Similar to potatoes, your little ones will love them just as much as they love roasted potatoes.
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Get the recipe here for Glazed Turnips Recipe