In Season: The peak season for turnips and rutabagas begins in October and lasts through the winter. These root vegetables are available year-round in many markets.What to Look For: In the garden, grocery store, or farmers' market, choose firm, unwrinkled vegetables with root and stem ends intact. Avoid those with soft spots.How to Store: When you get your selections home, cut any green tops down; wrap the vegetables in and airtight bag and store them in the coldest part of the refrigerator. Use baby turnips within a few days; larger turnips and rutabagas will keep a little longer, some up to several weeks.
Detox Cred: Keep a batch of this warming soup around for the week and you'll stay slim and satisfied -- a whole cup of cooked lentils contains just 200 calories. The legume is also a stellar source of both soluble and insoluble fiber -- getting enough roughage this week is important for keeping your digestive system running smoothly.
Bacon in a salad doesn't necessarily scream
"healthy!" but because the meat is used in
moderation, this dish is still a winner. Just two
slices (for four servings) impart a smoky flavor
into the vinaigrette that coats the greens.
Topped with herb-laden honey butter, earthy turnips and seasonal pears make a memorable side dish. This recipe comes from Susie Middleton's "Fast, Fresh & Green" cookbook.Also try: Vanilla and Cardamom-Glazed Acorn Squash Rings, Roasted Brussels Sprouts with Orange-Butter Sauce
Halfway between a soup and a stew, this hearty one-pot meal is great for a crowd. Take a cue from the American South and try adding sliced hard-boiled egg to the pot. If you're not a fan of parsnips and turnips, substitute these ingredients with cut-up raw potatoes.
From the book "Mad Hungry," by Lucinda Scala Quinn (Artisan Books).