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Green Monster Soup and Mashed…Turnips?!

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It’s the end of a very, very long week. After four miserable days of being sick with….the flu?…a bad cold?….bronchitis? who knows?! I’m finally back on my feet and feeling 98% better (I still have some stomach issues and a stuffy nose). I felt pretty great by the time Wednesday rolled around, but I also felt completely behind on all of my weekly “chores”. You know how that goes…..

You probably think I’m crazy because I didn’t go to the doctor for a diagnosis, but I just didn’t think it was necessary. I’m not one of those people who goes to the doctor unless I really think I need to. So many people said to me, “Gina, go to the doctor!”, but I could feel myself getting better each day so why would I do that? I had my own doctor right in our house:Green Monster Soup and Mashed…Turnips?! 1Nick + lemon lime Gatorade + oatmeal + Campbell’s Select Harvest Chicken Noddle Soup + Popsicles and Fudgesicles + DayQuil and NyQuil = All Better!

And now I’m back in the kitchen! Have you ever tried parsnips or turnips? The parsnip is the long one that looks like a white carrot. The turnip is the round one that looks like a potato. Parsnips are a starchy vegetable (meaning they have about 15 grams of carbohydrate per 1/2 cup) and turnips are a non-starchy vegetable (they have about 5 grams of carbohydrate per 1/2 cup).Green Monster Soup and Mashed…Turnips?! 2If you’ve never tried mashed turnips, you’re missing out! I served this to Nick the other night and he loved it (or at least, he “liked” it). I think it helped that I sprinkled some bacon salt on top, but real bacon would have been even better, had I thought to purchase some when I was at the store.Green Monster Soup and Mashed…Turnips?! 3Ingredients
(1 serving)

1.5 turnips
2 tsp margarine or butter
1/4 cup skim milk (or almond milk)

Directions
Blend everything together with a Magic Bullet or food processor (you can double or triple the recipe if you’re using a food processor)

Mashed Turnips Nutrition Facts
(one serving, minus any seasoning)

Compared to mashed potatoes….

Ok, so they both scored an “A” according to this site, but the mashed turnips have significantly less calories and less carbohydrates, which is good for those who are either diabetic or watching their weight. The mashed potatoes are better in some respects, as they have more fiber, more protein, and more Vitamin C.

GREEN MONSTER SOUP!Green Monster Soup and Mashed…Turnips?! 4When I was sick all I wanted was soup. I started to realize I had missed out on a lot of delicious soups this winter. The other night I just grabbed any cooked vegetables I had in the fridge and threw them in the Magic Bullet to create my own soup….

Ingredients

1 cup raw spinach
1/2 cup spaghetti squash
1 turnip
1/4 cup parsnip
1 cup low sodium broth
1 tsp olive oil

Directions

– Blend all ingredients together!

– Top with cheese and add chunks of chicken (if you want….)Green Monster Soup and Mashed…Turnips?! 5

This soup was surprisingly delicious. I ate it in 2.5 seconds.

Question: Have you ever tried parsnips or turnips? What about REALLY green soup?!

Have a great weekend everyone!

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