Sunchoke? What’s a sunchoke? That’s what I said when I first saw this ugly looking root veggie in Whole Foods. It sounds like an oxymoron. The sun is good and happy and lovely. Why is it choking? But after doing a little research, I found out that its technical name is the Jerusalem Artichoke and it belongs to the sunflower family. Ooooh. That makes sense.
Better than that, though, is that its got the health benefits of a super vitamin, with the satisfying (creamy or crispy) bite of a potato. I LOVE finding something new and different.
Here’s the breakdown of what it can do for your health*.
- Packed with prebiotic fiber called inulin. The presence of inulin stimulates the growth of good bacteria in the large intestine. Great news for constipation and the immune system.
- Tons of B-vitamins, namely thiamine (B1). You need thiamine for your nervous system, muscles and carbohydrate metabolism. Yes, this stuff will help you better produce acid in the stomach so you can digest your food seamlessly.
- Low glycemic. That means that it’s digested slowly, can help curb cravings, prevent mood swings, fight fatigue, improve PCOS symptoms and possibly reduce risk of heart disease.
- More potassium than a banana. Potassium works hard to improve the health of your bones, your heart and your muscles. It can even counteract some of the negative effects of salt (to all you salt over-doers out there).
- Locks of lovin it. Sunchokes promote nutrients such as iron, copper and vitamin C. Dietary iron is the stuff that carries oxygen to the hair, keeping hair follicles healthy. Vitamin C is what’s responsible for making collagen. We all know how good that stuff can be for our youthful glow.
Now that you know why you should eat them, here's how to eat them. The answer? In Fry form. Duh. What else?
These fries are so so so good. Usually after dinner, I feel the need to snack a little more, grab a spoon of almond butter, or sneak a piece of dark chocolate. After this stuff, I was so satisfied, nothing else was necessary. Stick a fork in me. I've found my new favorite recipe. (For now).
Parsnippity & Sunchoky Fries Recipe
- 3 Parsnips, peeled
- 6 Sunchokes
- 1 – 2 Tablespoons of coconut oil
- Salt & Pepper
- Preheat oven to 425 degrees F.
- Prepare baking sheet with parchment paper.
- Rinse Parsnips and Sunchokes thoroughly (need to get myself one of those veggie scrub brushes).
- Cut both parsnips and sunchokes into thin fry-like strips. The parsnips are going to be longer than the sunchokes. That is okay. As long as they are roughly the same width.
- Heat up 1 tablespoon of coconut oil in your pan. Once melted, toss the parsnips and sunchokes into the pan and roll them around until they are coated with oil.
- Lay out the parsnips & sunchokes on the baking sheet in one layer.
- Sprinkle fresh (or dried) rosemary over the top, followed by salt and pepper.
- Pop in the oven for roughly 15 minutes. Check on them, turn them over with a spatula, and maybe add a few more herb sprinkles to cover both sides.
- Put back in the oven for another 15 minutes.
- Take out and enjoy immediately! (but they will also save just fine for a few days).
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