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The Casual Veggie Cookbook: Meet the Contributors

If you couldn’t tell from our latest post, we are pretty excited about being part of The Casual Veggie cookbook that’s going up for sale October 19th!!

Since this cookbook is all about making vegetables the center of attention, we are doing a special post today to give you some details about a vegetable that most people are not that familiar with – the parsnip.

If you don’t know what a parsnip is or what it looks like, here’s a picture:


A parsnip is kind of like a large carrot, but in a light cream color instead of orange. It is a root vegetable that is closely related to the carrot and parsley (hence the name I guess). The parsnip is usually cooked but can also be eaten raw. It is high in vitamins and minerals, especially potassium, similar to a potato. It also contains antioxidants and a good dose of fiber. All in all, it is an excellent vegetable to start incorporating into your diet.


I’ll be honest, I don’t think I ever had a parsnip before switching to the paleo lifestyle. However, after trying them in a couple of different recipes, I found them to be a versatile vegetable and now we eat them on a regular basis. They have a slightly sweet flavor and a crispy texture similar to a carrot and can be used in many cases as a potato substitute due to their starchy nature.

You’ll find parsnips in several recipes on our site:

Here they are the star of the show in our Garlic Rosemary Parsnip Fries

Garlic rosemary parsnip fries two

In our Breakfast Meatballs they add some texture and help bind everything together

Breakfast meatballs edited

They are a great potato substitute for our Sausage Parsnip Breakfast Casserole

Sausage parsnip breakfast casserole

We even used them in a Parsnip Breakfast Hash, a recipe that we created for the Paleo Magazine website

Parsnip breakfast hash

So now that you know all about parsnips, you’ll have to buy The Casual Veggie Cookbook once it is available on October 19th to get even more recipes that feature this unique vegetable! We will provide links to purchase the cookbook in a launch party post on the 19th.

Speaking of the cookbook, we are excited to introduce you today to some of the other amazing food bloggers we collaborated with to create this informative cookbook! While not all of the recipes included in the cookbook will be paleo friendly, we’ve explored the other recipes and bloggers’ sites and have found lots of great inspiration, tips, and knowledge which we’ve found valuable and think you will too!

To help you get to know everyone better we are providing the links below to a post about veggies from some of the bloggers.  All of them are veggie lovers just like us, so please click through the links and check out what they have to say about their favorite veggies. They have some really amazing stories!


A Southern Grace

Cooking Up Clean

Family Food on the Table

Family for Health

Fitful Focus

Haute and Healthy Living

Hola Jalapeno

Jeanie and Lulu’s Kitchen

Key Ingredients

Parsley and Pumpkins

Primal Health with Jean

Pumpkin and Peanut Butter

Stupid Good

The Delicious Balance

The Weekly Menu

Toaster Oven Love

Treble in the Kitchen

Vermilion Roots

Where is my Spoon?

Will Cook For Friends

14 thoughts on “The Casual Veggie Cookbook: Meet the Contributors

  • Mashed parsnips and carrots are a staple at Thanksgiving in my family! I’m just starting to branch out into more uses for parsnips though. I’m so glad to have you in the cookbook!

    • Thanks Mollie! We are thrilled to be a part of your cookbook, and it’s been such a fantastic way to meet people with a similar passion for food! Looking forward the 19th!

    • Thanks Adina! It’s great to meet you! We’re excited to be working on this cookbook with you!I’m surprised we haven’t wrapped parsnips in bacon yet, but what a great idea! YUM! Looking forward to the 19th!!

  • Parsnips are newer to me, too! I tried them, knowingly, for the first time a couple years ago. They are so delicious! Your parsnip fries look SO good! I’m excited to be working on the cookbook with you!

    • Thanks Rachel! We’re very happy to be working on the cookbook with you too! What a fun way to meet people who love food as much as we do!

    • Yes! Can’t wait for it to come out and to share it with everyone! So many new ways to think about veggies and try some less familiar to us!

    • Neither of us had eaten parsnips prior to going paleo, but we use them all the time now and can’t imagine not eating them! You’ll have to let us know what you think once you try them! Thanks for visiting. It’s nice to meet you and it’s fun getting to know everyone collaborating on the cookbook! See you on the 19th!

    • Hahaha!!! Neither of us had eaten parsnips prior to going paleo. They are delicious, and you should absolutely give them a try!! Let us know what you think after you do! 🙂

  • Those parsnip recipes are making my mouth water! I love parsnips, but I always seem to forget that when I’m at the store, so they rarely find their way into my shopping cart. One of my favorite uses for them is in place of, or mixed into, mashed potatoes. I feel like they have a mild, but stronger than potato flavor that works perfectly with gravies and sauces, plus it feels lighter and less starchy, which is always a plus!

    Having so much fun getting to know you and all the other contributors of the books. Can’t wait for the 19th!

    • YES! What a great idea to use them in mashed potatoes. We’ll have to try that! Thanks for visiting! We’re excited about the book too and getting to know you and the other contributors is fun! 🙂

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