If you’re one of my readers who immediately scrolls to the bottom of the page to get the day’s recipe and nutritional information, you may be turned off by the calorie count on this recipe.
Don’t fret. Yes, rutabaga or “swede” or “swiss turnip” is a vegetable that is higher in calories and starch than many other vegetables that you typically see on this blog (zucchini, cucumbers, carrots, beet, etc.)
However, remember – we’re eating a vegetable, not processed pasta (which is even higher in calories, carbohydrates and has a higher glycemic index.)
I guess what I’m trying to say is that, not all meals need to be under a certain caloric amount. Not all calories and carbs are treated equally and hey, sometimes your body just needs a hearty, delicious, healthy meal.
Actually, while it’s true that your body turns the carbohydrates from rutabagas into sugar, those carbs account for just a small fraction of the rutabaga’s total weight – water and dietary fiber combine for over 90% of its weight, and the remainder is rich in nutrients (yay for smart eating!)
Today, if your body’s yearning for something filling and substantial, you’ve come to the right blog.
And, at the end of the day, spiralized vegetables > pasta. Can I get an amen?
Rutabaga is the tastiest of the turnip varieties, I think. It’s a pain-in-the-butt to peel and spiralize, but it’s worth your time. It’s filling, it’s flavorful and, most importantly, it stands up to multiple cooking methods (boiling, sauteeing, baking.)
I like to bake my noodles, because it avoids using extra amounts of oil in the cooking process. Just a little spritz of cooking spray, some seasonings and in 15-20 minutes, you’ve got a healthy bowl of noodles.
Now, this chicken parmesan is my “ultimate parm” recipe. By using almond meal instead of processed breadcrumbs, you get extra nutrients and flavor. Plus, a bag of almond meal lasts much longer than a bag of bread.
If you’re dairy-free, you can add a creamy cashew sauce with nutritional yeast atop the chicken parmesan. If you’re nut-free, you can try using coconut flour instead of almond meal (just use the same seasonings when you prepare the breading mixture in the recipe.)
Who doesn’t love chicken parm? I mean, if you’re vegetarian, you probably don’t – but hey, that’s what eggplant parm is for!
I hope you love this recipe and if you’re trying to keep your daily calorie counts down, substitute in turnip noodles, zucchini noodles or carrot noodles – they all work really well here as well.
See? Fun for everyone!
Have you tried rutabaga noodles yet? What’s your favorite way to enjoy them?