What is useful for a rutabaga, and what dishes can be cooked from it?

The rutabaga is one of the most popular vegetables in North America and Europe. The range of its useful properties is quite extensive, but at the same time its use is not recommended for everyone.

This vegetable contains a large number of substances useful to the body

Unfortunately, in Russia this product is almost forgotten, and in fact it is able to play the main role in many dishes, decorating them with its taste and aroma. We propose to examine in more detail the useful properties and contraindications of rutabaga, as well as learn several recipes for its preparation.

Plant characteristics

First, let's find out what a rutabaga looks like. It is a root crop, resembling a turnip or beetroot, but has a somewhat larger size and sweet taste. It is painted in red-violet or gray-green color.

The rutabaga is a two-year-old plant, which in the first year releases leaves and a fleshy root. In the second year a stem grows from the root. This root is quite unpretentious and perfectl

y tolerates summer heat, arid weather and even the first frosts. The rutabaga, as seen in the photo below, is high-yielding, and the weight of one vegetable can reach 35 kg.

Useful root vegetable
The rutabaga is more nutritious than many

root crops. About the benefits of

. The rutabaga is considered to be a very useful product, since it contains a large number of valuable substances. Due to the presence of calcium, it is good at softening the bone tissue. This root is very effective for constipation, but at the same time it is contraindicated for people suffering from chronic diseases of the gastrointestinal tract.

The rutabaga becomes especially relevant in winter and early spring, when the body is most weakened and unable to fully resist the negative effects of the environment. This vegetable saturates the human body with vitamins and microelements, gives strength and strengthens immunity. With its help, you can cure colds and translate dry cough into productive.

In general, the rutabaga shows the following useful properties:

  • is a diuretic, due to which it is possible to remove excess fluid from the body, eliminate puffiness and heal kidney diseases;
  • antibacterial and anti-inflammatory, which are used in the treatment of skin after burns and in the presence of purulent wounds;
  • due to high fiber concentration, this root stimulates intestinal peristalsis and digestion processes, which in turn improves metabolism, helps prevent obesity;
  • the use of rutabaga positively affects the work of the cardiovascular system - blood pressure is normalized and cholesterol is eliminated.
Blood sugar level
The rutabaga can be included in the diet of patients suffering from diabetes, as a significant proportion of its carbohydrates, is represented by fructose

Important! Remember that this root vegetable contains a large amount of coarse fibers, which can cause inflammation of the gastric mucosa.

What should I cook?

Due to its taste qualities, the rutabaga is a part of many recipes and gives each dish a unique aroma. This root can replace the potatoes in the stew or become the main ingredient in salads.

So, let's take a look at some dishes from rutabaga. It is possible that one of them will be your favorite, and you will include it not only everyday, but also a festive menu.

Salad with trout, apples and greens

Prepare ingredients:

  • 1 peel the rind and peel it on a large grater;
  • with 2 medium-sized apples remove seeds and also grate;

  • take one sprig of celery and parsley, rinse, dry, grind with a knife.

In a deep dish, combine prepared vegetables and greens, mix. Add sauce from the juice of lemon, honey and sour cream.

Tip! If you do not like honey, then it can not be used at all, and to enhance the flavor of the lettuce, it is allowed to add a small amount of pumpkin pulp.

Salad with rutabagus
This light dish will become a wonderful snack or breakfast

Vegetable salad with ham and pistachios

Prepare ingredients:

  • 250 grams of gruel to peel and cut into small slices;
  • 100 grams of radish cut into slices;
  • 200 g of ham is not large chopped;
  • 3-4 stems of green onions and the same amount of parsley to rinse, dry and grind;
  • 40 g of salted pistachios grind into flour using a blender or a coffee grinder.

Mix the components of the salad, top with a sauce of 200 g of light mayonnaise and 3 teaspoons of mustard.

Tip! Mayonnaise can be replaced with sour cream, and the usual mustard replaced with French or Dijon.

Dish with ham and trout
This salad is able to become the highlight of the festive table

Spicy baked rutted raspberry

This dish is prepared as follows:

  • 1.5 kg of rutabaga washed under running water, peeled off, cut into small cubes and boiled until tender;
  • pour the broth into a separate container, crush the rye in a mash;
  • to connect 150 g of breadcrumbs, half a glass of sugar syrup, egg, 2 cups of cream, a teaspoon of ground ginger, half a teaspoon of white ground pepper and nutmeg, beaten with a mixer;
  • the resulting mixture is diluted with a small amount of the decoction of the rutabaga so that it acquires a soft consistency, pour into the puree, mix;
  • grease the pan with a piece of butter, put the prepared mixture in it, sprinkle with a small amount of breadcrumbs and grated cheese;
  • send the dish to bake in the oven at 170 °.

After 1.5 hours, the spicy rutabaga is ready.

This nutritious dish will become a full hearty lunch

Rutabaga with fried chicken and bacon

To prepare a dinner for two you need to do the following:

  • clean one small rug, cut into cubes, boil until ready, drain the liquid;
  • in a frying pan heat up the olive oil, fry 4 slices of bacon and 2 chicken fillets, cut into thin strips;
  • after two to three minutes, when the meat is browned, add a dressing-gown and reduce the fire to medium;
  • 2 cloves of garlic with a knife and send to a frying pan;
  • after 5 minutes, add 100 ml of broth( vegetable or chicken) to the meat pie with meat, put half a teaspoon of ground cumin, add salt and pepper;
  • stew the dish for 2 minutes.
Spicy dish
Sweet rutabaga and salted bacon - the perfect combination

English souvenir soup

For preparation of English soup should be:

  • clean and cut into small cubes vegetables: one trout, 2 carrots, one head onion, celery stalk;
  • add the ingredients in a saucepan, add water and stew for 5-10 minutes under the lid;
  • when vegetables become soft, add 125 pearl barley and cook soup for 45 minutes;
  • bring the dish to taste with salt and pepper, remove from heat.
Serve this soup with cheese croutons and fresh barley cakes

As you can see, the trouser can be used in a variety of dishes and it does not require special preparation. Create your own recipes and please them with the taste of your family.