Rutabaga. What the heck is a rutabaga? If you’re like me, you likely have no idea what the vegetable even looks like. The truth is, until a few weeks ago, I had no idea either. But now it’s a staple in our home. Yes you read that correctly: a staple. Here’s why.
We try to eat no (ok, low) carb at home. We rarely have refined carbs like bread, chips, pasta, in the house — mostly because I’ll just devour them in .25 seconds. And so we simply don’t buy them and try to make clean, healthy decisions instead. While meal planning recently (which is my saving grace, btw. another post for another time.) my husband — who from this point forward on the blog will be referenced as Dr. P — wanted to test out a new breakfast casserole recipe that called for rutabaga in place of potatoes. The idea was to use shredded rutabaga as “hashbrowns.”
The thing is, it’s actually delicious.
Dr. P usually eats breakfast on the go, so we always try to have quick and easy breakfast options that still make for a healthy, hearty meal. We’ve made a few variations on this dish over the last month or so, but because I married a carnivore, he often opts for the meatlover meals — and this one is no exception. We combined the rutabaga with meat, meat and more meat, but the good news is that instead of filling up on empty carbs like potatoes, he’s chowing down on vegetables!
– 1 cup of shredded rutabaga
– 1/3 cup of ricotta cheese
– 1/2 cup of shredded cheddar cheese
– 2 eggs
– 8 slices of bacon
– 1/2 lb of ground turkey
Using a food processor, shred your rutabaga. Place shredded rutabaga on a kitchen towel and place in the microwave for 2.5 minutes. This will partially cook the rutabaga which will produce some excess liquid. Drain the rutabaga and let it cool slightly. In a large bowl, combine eggs, cheeses and rutabaga. On the stove, brown your bacon and ground turkey. If you want to add more veggies, now is your chance. Saute your vegetables of choice such as onions, peppers, mushrooms… anything goes! Add the meat to the large bowl; stir to combine all ingredients. Spoon everything into a casserole dish and bake on 350 for 45 minutes.
Serve with a dollop of salsa, sour cream, fresh herbs… whatever your little heart desires.
* This recipe yields 4-6 servings.