It’s been a very long time since I sat down to do anything creative with words. In my past, I’ve written a few poems (only in class with a teacher standing over me) a few essays, some short fiction, and even a cookbook that is still available on Amazon (shameless plug). But recently my keyboard has only been good for Control + x and the occasional Facebook post.
But the time has come for me to dust off my QWERTY friend and start a new blog. My plan is to write about cooking, restaurants, BBQ and my new obsession, the Keto lifestyle. However, my Internet-addled attention span is subject tangential episodes at any moment so I hope you will indulge my shiny object syndrome every now and then.
With all that being said, let’s start this post with a mild premise.
I HATE CAULIFLOWER! Wait...hate is a strong word. Let’s say I have a very strong aversion to cauliflower. I think the best way to serve it is mashed...under an over-sized hiking boot. It should then be spat upon before discarding down the deepest cavern available. Tossing off a cliff would also be acceptable.
You would be right in assuming that I am a little peeved at the recent proliferation of cauliflower recipes that are showing up everywhere. Mashed cauliflower, cauliflower rice, cauliflower dip, even cauliflower pizza crust are just a small sample of all recipes and products invading the Internet and our collective conscious.
Well, I have had enough! I have vowed to find a potato alternative that is NOT cauliflower. I have come up with my first candidate: the humble turnip! For those who are not familiar with the turnip, it is a purple and white root vegetable with a firm potato-like texture. When it is raw, the flavor is reminiscent of a very mild radish but I have discovered (like Columbus) that like the potato, it has the ability to absorb the flavors of whatever is in the pot. It works great in soups and stews but today I used it in a breakfast dish. Turnips only have 5 net carbs per cup. I’m sure that whether you observe the Keto lifestyle or not, you will enjoy my simple recipe for turnip hash.
KETO TURNIP HASH Ingredients 1 Turnip, peeled and cubed. ½ red onion, diced
¼ green bell pepper, diced ¼ red bell pepper, diced 1 Serrano chile, seeded and sliced (optional) ½ tsp sea salt ½ tsp black pepper
½ tsp granulated garlic 1+1 Tbsp Oil (I prefer Olive Oil)
1. Add oil to skillet on medium high heat.
2. Add turnips to skillet and cover until they are soft and beginning to brown.
3. Mix in the rest of the veggies and sprinkle on the seasonings. 4. Cook until the turnips are brown and crispy on the edges and the veggies are soft. 5. Eat. Makes 2 servings (or 1 big one for me).
I hope you enjoy this dish and please bookmark us for more recipes and ideas for your keto journey!