Gluten free BBQ Baked Rutabaga Chips! A healthy flavorful side dish for Summer BBQ’s or any time of year! Rutabaga is a root vegetable that’s easy to bake and cook with! These chips are super tasty, kid friendly, and naturally paleo/vegan! EAT UP!
Oh the rutabaga. I feel like this little cruciferous vegetable gets a bad rap. I mean, just look at it. It’s kind hideous. Well, in comparison to its green goodness siblings the lovely green broccoli or cute little brussels sprouts. Yes I just went there.
Anyways, let me tell you about how I came to love the rutabaga. Actually I should say it’s all because my husband.
Here’s the story. The Kiwi (a.k.a. the husband) is not a huge fan of squash or Sweet potato. Gasp! I know. I, on the other hand, am quite obsessed. It’s my starch of choice. He has a love for all things white potato and rice. Which I agree, are great FUEL and good for the gut! But when comes down to taste and vitamin rich components, I’d have to go with the beautiful sweet starchy root sweet potatoes or squash. Unless you try rutabaga. Yep rutabaga. This ugly stepsister of the cruciferous root vegetable family. Similar in texture to that of turnip or celery root, although rutabaga is said to be a cross between a turnip and cabbage. It may be white in color (like potato) but it is quite deliciously sweet and nutritious. Plus it is EXTREMELY versatile to use! It’s like Cinderella at midnight. Give it a sparkly slipper and it will be the beauty of the ball. Oh goodness, somebody please stop me with the analogies!
So yes, back to my story. Since the kiwi does not like sweet potato and I was craving sweet potato fries/chips. I grabbed the rutabaga and put on my magic cooking hat. Little bit of barbecue a little bit of seasoning a little bit of Olive oil and voilà, rutabaga chips that look like sweet potato chips and taste even better. And I might have thrown in some feta cheese topping. Cheesy fries anyone?
Now I know taste is important, but so is its value, nutrition wise. Let’s dig a little deeper
Why you need to get your hands on a rutabaga. Oh and eat it too!
- High in Vitamin C, like half the RDA worth! (hello ANTIOXIDANTS!)
- Good source of plant based iron
- When you have a food that is high in Vitamin C, it can help enhance it’s Iron (non heme) absorption. Remember my post on that HERE? Power pairing! YES!
- It’s a great alternative for GLUTEN FREE carbs. WOO! yes, love that. Great training fuel!
- Beta-carotene-rich (like my beloved sweet potatoes)
- Excellent source of potassium, magnesium, calcium, and manganese. All super duper important minerals for ENERGY production in the body and your bones.
- Good source of fiber (um, need i say more?)
See, I told you. It’s A WINNER! And if you are easily entertained, like me, then check out the world’s largest rutabaga ever grown here. That’s a lot of Vitamin C people!
BBQ Baked Rutabaga Chips
- 2 medium rutabagas (about the size of my fist)
- 3-4 tbsp olive oil or avocado oil
- 1-2 tbsp BBQ Spice Seasoning (includes smoked paprika, onion, and cayenne pepper, brown sugar mix)
- dash of sea salt and black pepper
- 1/4 tsp garlic powder
- optional topping - feta crumbles and fresh lime
- Preheat oven to 450F. Wash and Cut rutabagas into fine slices. about 1/2 in thick or less.
- In a small bowl or ziplock bag, place all your spices and oils.
- toss your rutabaga chips in the bowl with oil and spices or in the bag.
- Lay them flat on a cookie sheet and spread evenly.
- Drizzle any extra oil/spices on top of the chips.
- Bake for 30 minutes turning them half way.
- bake longer or shorter for texture to be more or less crispy.
- top with feta if desired, more pepper/sea salt, and a dash of lime juice
Estimated Nutrition - 150 to 160 calories per serving. 7-9 grams of fat (unsaturated), 15 carbs, 5 grams of fiber, 2 grams of protein. 80% Vitamin C
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Rutabagas are welcomed with open arms in the Cotter household. Yep, liked by both of us. Which is a good thing because delicious recipes are more fun when you can share (well, sometimes share)! Oh and rutabagas are pretty darn budget friendly.
Favorite root vegetable? Have you tried rutabaga yet? DO IT!