Demystifying Root Vegetables + A Get-Started Recipe

Q: I want to eat a healthy diet/lose some weight/keep those pounds off. I know I have to eat lots of vegetables. But how do I get beyond raw carrots, steamed broccoli and salad, salad, and more salad? 

A: Have a wide variety of vegetable dishes at your fingertips.

Unfortunately, this is easier said than done. I don’t know about you, but I didn’t grow up learning how to be innovative with vegetables. In fact, they were generally just a humble afterthought, plopped down next to the good stuff—meat and potatoes—and followed by the highlight of our family dinner—dessert.

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Kohlrabi Mash with Mushrooms and Cheese

I know what you’re thinking: “What does a food blog have to do with Star Trek?” or maybe, “Food blogging is clearly not conducive to mental health.”

Well, dear readers, food blogging and Star Trek are not so different as you might think.

The show’s slogan was “To boldly go where no man has gone before.” The food blogger’s slogan is “To boldly cook foods never cooked before or in ways never tried before.”

Enter kohlrabi, a member of the brassica family which includes cabbage, kale, and broccoli.

Needless to say, it is full of good nutrients. Needless to say, I had never had the nerve to buy and cook kohlrabi before.

But now I am a weight-loss food blogger who places an emphasis on a high level of vegetable consumption. I have an obligation to buy vegetables I’ve always avoided. Boldly, I bought two tubers and, after studying recipes, boldly merged some ideas together.

Voilà—Kohlrabi Mash!

Now, as you can see, this dish wouldn’t win any beauty prizes, but it’s a winner in other ways.

It’s good to the palate, easy on the diet, a cinch to make, and chockful of vitamins and minerals.

So…boldly go! 

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