Many parents that I know have at least one picky eater to contend with during family meals. For some, it can be an exasperating experience. I know my child’s picky eating can be challenging as I attempt to expand his palate. Recently, after a lengthy conversation with my sister, I was introduced to the concept of food chaining.
Food chaining is an easy and stress-free way to introduce children to a new food. The goal is to create a safe, encouraging environment that takes the stress out of trying new food. You simply pick a food that your child enjoys and introduce similar food items. For example, if you have a child that loves fast food French fries, you can offer homemade fries and eventually move on to baked potato wedges.
Knowing that parsnips are currently in season, I felt this would be a great vegetable to introduce. Parsnips are sweet like carrots, with a nuttier, earthy taste. Visually, they look a lot like the baked potato fries I make for my family. I decided to prepare them the same way as the potatoes and explained exactly what they were. I feel you should be honest and transparent when presenting the new food. It is important to educate your child as well as allow them to make the decision to try or not try the item.
Our first try food-chaining with parsnips was successful enough for me to remain optimistic about this concept. As I hoped, despite a few initial frowns and dramatic grimaces, we did manage a few reluctant nibbles. With selective eaters, it is important to strive for progress, not perfection. Even a teeny, little nibble is a step in the right direction.
I was encouraged by my child’s decision to try the parsnips and appreciated the small steps taken towards trying a new food. I know if I continue to provide my child with opportunities to try parsnips, the higher our chances of success will be. Parsnips are quite versatile and can be prepared in soups and purees, as well as fries and even in desserts! If you are looking for tasty parsnip recipes we have gathered up a few for you to enjoy.
1. Parsnip Fries
I found that parsnip fries were a fun way to introduce my kids to this veggie. Nutrition by Mia shows us how quick and easy Parsnip Fries are to make. This deliciously dippable recipe is a great source of fiber, folate and vitamin C. Don’t forget the ketchup!
2. Chicken and Lemon Orzo Soup with Parsnips
When someone's feeling under the weather, I blast them with a few magical tinctures, some hot tea, manuka honey and this warming and lemony kale, parsnip and chicken orzo soup. Magic! See #recipe 👇🏻 . . Ingredients: -1/2 a rotisserie chicken, separated into small pieces -juice of one lemon -4 c chicken broth 2 c water -1 onion, chopped -3 carrots, chopped -3 celery stalks, chopped -3 parsnips, chopped -1 c orzo -parmesan rind (optional) -4 c chopped kale -1 c chopped parsley Directions: 1. Sauté onion, carrots, celery and parsnip with a pinch of sea salt until onions are translucent and veg tender. 2. Add chicken broth and water and bring to a boil. Add orzo and Parmesan rind and cook until al dente. 3. Add chicken, kale and parsley. Season with pepper and salt and lemon if desired. Stay warm, stay healthy people. . . . . #warmingfoods #gethealthy #healingfoods #wellness #eatwellbewell
Sometimes, all you need is a warm bowl of soup at the end of the day. If you are looking to cozy up with a warm and hearty soup, try this one loaded with root vegetables. Running with Forks adds parsnips to her comforting Chicken and Lemon Orzo Soup.
3. Parsnip Rice with Hemp Seeds, Spring Peas and Basil
Parsnips are one of my favorite veggies to turn into veggie "rice." I love their mild sweetness and sturdy texture! This parsnip rice dish with peas, hemp seeds, and basil is such a simple and springy way to enjoy it! 🌸🌱An old fave. Recipe link in my bio today. 📷: @lighterculture #linkinprofile #parsnip #parsnips #veggierice #vegan #spring #springvibes #whatveganseat #vegansofig #vegansofinstagram #veganfood #veganeats #veganrecipe #veganmeal #wholefoods #rawfood #plantbased #plantpower #plantstrong #plantpowered #plantbaseddiet #eatplants #simplefood #nomnomnom #nom @thefeedfeed #thefeedfeed #peasplease
With the popularity of veggie rice on the rise, The Full Helping contends that parsnip rice is the most flavorful of all! Her recipe for Parsnip Rice with Hemp Seeds, Spring Peas, and Basil sounds the perfect recipe for your bounty of spring vegetables.
4. Savory Roasted Root Mash
If you love mashed potatoes, parsnips make a great alternative to traditionally smashed spuds. Barre 3 combines sweet and earthy parsnips with celery root to make this Savory Roasted Root Mash. You’ll want to bookmark this recipe for your next Thanksgiving feast!
5. Parsnip Hummus
Parsnip Hummus Dip with Fiery Chili Oil (Vegan, Paleo) – clickable recipe link in bio! What a week of basketball – anyone else thinking about food for the final few games? Here's a creamy dip inspired by the flavors of traditional hummus made from parsnips and topped with a spicy chili oil. >> http://buff.ly/2n5oTuz⠀ _____________________⠀⠀ #winter #healthyeating #cleaneating #sugarfree #glutenfree #vegetarian #grainfree #jerf #justeatrealfood #recipe #healthymama #healthyliving #easyrecipe #cleaneats #wholefoods #fresh #vegan #goodfood #foodie #instafood #foodphotography #winter #gourmandeinthekitchen #goodeats #huffposttaste #buzzfeast #healthyfoodshare #huffposttaste #bhgfood @thefeedfeed.vegan
Who doesn’t love a creamy dip to pair with veggies or crackers? Gourmande in the Kitchen creates this traditionally flavored Parsnip Hummus topped with a spicy chili oil. Save this recipe for your next get-together with friends and family.
6. Parsnip and Apple Crumble
Did you know you could add parsnips to a myriad of sweet treats? I Quit Sugar adds parsnips to her Parsnip and Apple Crumble for a subtle earthy sweetness. Serve with a dollop of fresh cream, yogurt or a scoop of ice cream for a sweet spring dessert.
7. Parsnip Cake
Parsnips—in a cake? This recipe must be the yummiest way we found to enjoy these root vegetables. I Love Cooking adds them to this Parsnip Cake to achieve a dense and moist chocolate sponge cake. I can’t think of anyone that would be able to turn down this parsnip recipe!