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Minestrone soup is also great using parsnips instead of carrots. Parsnips are a slightly sweet root vegetable much like carrots or turnips.
Some of the starch in parsnips is converted to sugar after the first frost so they are freshest in the fall and winter (but are available year round). Because of the sweeter flavor, they make a great alternative to carrots in recipes and are fantastic roasted or mashed.
4 ounces parsnips = 85 calories, 0g fat, 0g sat fat, 0 mono fat, 1g protein, 20g carbohydrates, 11mg sodium, 0mg cholesterol