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What to Do with Rutabagas – Real Food Basics

Rutabagas are a part of the Brassica family of vegetables that are all known for their cancer-fighting properties. Rutabagas are also high in Vitamin C which helps support your immune system.

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Rutabagas (Swedish Turnip)

This is a root vegetable with many names. Rutabaga is the most common name in North America, but it’s also called Swedish turnip, or even just Swede. In Swedish it’s “kålrot”, meaning “cabbage/kale root”.

Rutabaga is a cross between cabbage and turnip, and it’s thought to be originated from Sweden. The most common way of eating rutabagas in Sweden is “rotmos” (“root mash”); rutabaga mashed with butter and either stock or milk/cream. There are many different ways of preparing rutabagas:

  • Roasted
  • Baked
  • Sautéed
  • Boiled
  • Mashed, by itself or together with other root vegetables
  • Grated into salads or coleslaws
  • Added to soups and stews

Rutabagas/Swedes, and other root vegetables like it, keep several months if stored in a cold area or cellar. This is one reason why root vegetables are considered in season during winter, even though they’re harvested in fall, because they last throughout winter when stored properly.

Rutabagas are high in fiber and antioxidants, making them a great healthy vegetable to eat regularly. Rutabagas are a part of the Brassica family of vegetables that are all known for their cancer-fighting properties. Rutabagas are also high in Vitamin C which helps support your immune system.

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What to Do with Eggplant – Real Food Basics

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Eggplant

Eggplant, or aubergine as it’s called in most of the world, is one of few fruits that you should never eat raw (yes it’s actually a fruit, not a vegetable!). Because of it’s unique skin, eggplant is one produce that is not as important to buy organic.

Eggplant is often called “poor man’s meat” because when cooked well it has a little similar taste to meat. My favorite meat & eggplant combination is ground meat and cubed eggplant, fried together with chopped onion in coconut oil. Add some salt, pepper and a bit of cinnamon (sounds weird but it’s really good!). You can also add some cayenne pepper. Serve this dish together with cauliflower rice or add some cooked beans and eat it with a spoon. The most important thing i that you try eggplant with ground meat, because it’s really good!! 🙂

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