Pick of the Week: Parsnips

Well my friends, not all new adventures can be successful. Case and point: This week we tried parsnips.

The first way we tried them was in my Roasted Vegetable Risotto w/ Spinach & Shrimp. When I bought the parsnips at the store, the helpful little sign said to use as a substitute for potatoes. Since I was roasting vegetables anyway, I thought I’d just toss them in.

I peeled one, diced it up and roasted it along with some sweet potatoes and red peppers. While we enjoyed the risotto, I think it would be just as good without the parsnips. I’ll probably use another vegetable next time. They have a slight peppery flavor and kind of a weird after-taste. I’m finding them very hard to describe. Let’s just say the hubby took one bite and immediately knew there was something in the risotto he’d never had before. This did not, however, prevent him from eating several helpings of the risotto so I know they weren’t that bad.

My second prep method was a whole different story. You may recall that I have a very strong affinity for sweet potato chips….so I decided to try out some Snip Chips (the hubby is coining that phrase). It didn’t end well. I thinly sliced a parsnip, drizzled it with olive oil and seasoned the chips like I normally do with some curry powder, paprika and cayenne pepper. I popped them in the oven and they shrunk down considerably. They looked crunchy and pretty when I pulled them out so I tasted one! YUCK. I grimaced silently and placed them on the table.

The hubby sat down and popped one in his mouth. His exact quote was, “Ewww. It tastes like an onion boiled in pee.” Then he made this face:

The rest went in the trash, making this the first failed pick of the week.

If you like parsnips, more power to you…..but I don’t think I’ll be buying them again any time soon.

So tell me, if you like parsnips, what’s your favorite way to eat them?

And finally, I just wanted to give a quick shout out to a few fellow bloggers. Remember a few weeks ago when I got my first blogger award? Well since then, I’ve had the good fortune of receiving it from a few other amazing bloggers. I wanted to say thanks to:

Angela @ Eat, Spin, Run, Repeat: She’s one of my favorite Candian Foodies and she writes a great blog- I’ve been reading it since I first started reading blogs. Also, she does a fabulous post every week called Try Something New Tuesday! It puts my Pick of the Week to Shame because I only try one new thing and she tries a million. Check it out!

Elle @ Nutritionella: She is a fellow RD in training so I automatically love her :) She’s also in the middle of an ingredient challenge where she tries new ingredients each week and she posts some fabulous looking recipes as well :) Head on over and check it out!

Katie @ Up Fit Creek: She recently posted an pad thai recipe that looks great and one of her seven things is that she pronounces her word verification challenges out loud…which made me laugh out loud!

Thanks ladies!!

Hope everyone is enjoying their weekend :)

About Lindsay

Lindsay Livingston is a Registered Dietitian and new mom from Columbus, Ohio. On her blog, she shares simple, healthy recipes, nutrition tips, workouts and snapshots of her life. Follow her on Twitter @LeanGrnBeanBlog and Instagram @TheLeanGreenBean and be sure to subscribe via RSS or email so you never miss a post!


  1. Well thanks for the heads up! I’ve never tried a parsnip, but now I know I don’t have to! Your chips look delicious, too bad they didn’t taste that way :)

  2. My husband and I tried parsnips for the first time recently too — I thought they look like white carrots, they must taste like white carrots too, right? WRONG! I made them like sweet potato chips as well and thought they were disgusting! Parsnips won’t be coming back into the Healthy Heddleston household, unfortunately!

  3. that picture of brett is hysterical. i also will be living my life without parsnips, unless they are in a puree with butter and heavy cream :)

  4. i hear ya on the parsnips. one of my friends brought veggies + dip to a work event. in the veggies was RAW parsnips. i literally spit it out as soon as i took a bite. gross.

  5. Hi Lindz, you might try doing a carrot and parsnip mash as an healthier alternative to mashed potatoes. It’s one of our favorites (and a more popular food across the pond).

  6. Give parsnips another chance, I like to roast them with carrots, brussels sprouts, some red bell, onion and garlic with a little sesame oil. Once the veggies are done, add some teriyaki sauce, stir to coat the veggies and bake for another 5-10 min. I eat this with brown rice at least once a week :)

  7. I chop them up and throw them in with all of the other chunked vegetables when I’m making a pot-roast. There’s never any leftovers. 😉


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