Parsnip is full of healthy benefits. Discover them all and learn how to prepare an easy and tasty Parsnip Soup with Chips!
If you’ve been following me for a while, you’d definitely know my love for soups. Soups are super easy to prepare and offer excellent nourishment to our bodies. And just so that I don’t get bored of the everyday soup recipes, I always try to experiment with new ingredients and new recipes in the kitchen. And my delicious experiments are what I love to share with all of you.
Very recently, I tried making parsnip soup with parsnip chips. I had this recipe in mind for a long time, and the chilly weather called for something warm and fuzzy, so I gave it a go. You wouldn’t believe me, but this is one of the best soups I’ve ever had! And I couldn’t wait to share the recipe for this healthy, plant-based soup with all of you!
While I’ll be telling you about the recipe, I would also like to tell you why I chose parsnip as the star ingredient of this easy parsnip soup. Let’s get started:
What is Parsnip?
Parsnip is a root vegetable native to Eurasia. Thanks to its fantastic health benefits, parsnips have been part of different cuisines worldwide. It also has medicinal properties and has been used to treat various illnesses in the past.
Benefits of Parsnip
Rich in Dietary Fiber
Fiber-rich foods are always beneficial for our bodies. Even in fibrous foods, the once-soluble fibers are more beneficial for us. Soluble fiber works wonders to soothe the gastrointestinal tract, helping us get rid of digestive ailments. Those constantly suffering from constipation can also include parsnips in their food, as it works as a stool binder, alleviating discomfort as you relieve yourself.
Helps achieve the happy weight
As parsnip is loaded with fiber, it also helps us feel fuller for a longer time. All those struggling with those untimely hunger cravings can definitely try consuming more parsnip in its different forms- soups, chips, or simply boiled parsnips. Parsnips work great for people trying to knock off those extra kilos and those trying to maintain their healthy weight levels.
Helps Regulate Blood Pressure
Lifestyle illnesses like blood pressure are rising due to many different factors. We have constant stress, thanks to our hectic lifestyles. While dealing with stress is one way of regulating blood pressure, the other is to consume foods that would reduce blood pressure. And parsnip is a great blood pressure alleviator.
When the blood pressure is under control, the stress on the heart decreases too. In turn, we reduce our risk of falling prey to cardiovascular illnesses as well. Further benefiting the heart is the parsnip’s properties to lower bad cholesterol levels in our bodies. So, on an overall basis, parsnips are great for the health of your heart.
Boosts Immune System
As parsnips are rich in vitamin A and C, they work as excellent immunity boosters as well. Along with these vitamins, parsnips are also loaded with antioxidants and organic compounds, which help our bodies combat oxidative stress. In addition, improved immunity equips our bodies to deal with bacteria, viruses, and other foreign elements better, effectively.
Great for Eye Health
Vitamin A is excellent for the health of our eyes, and parsnips have a high vitamin A content. This vitamin helps to maintain the health of our eyes, keeping degenerative illnesses at bay. We don’t need to wait until a certain age to start taking care of our eyes – the earlier we start, the better it will be!
Including parsnips in our diet can help us get our daily recommended vitamin A requirements. Vitamin A also has many other benefits – it supports bone health and lowers the risk of certain cancers. So for that youthful glow on our skin, we need to ensure we have enough vitamin A – and parsnips are the best sources for that.
Boosts Hemoglobin Levels
Quite a lot of us suffer from anemia, but we aren’t even aware of it. This is because we constantly need to work on our hemoglobin, as it carries oxygen throughout our bodies. Some common symptoms of anemia are shortness of breath, dizziness, fatigue, irritability, headache and cold, pale skin.
Once we start consuming foods that would help boost our hemoglobin levels, we can get rid of these symptoms before they turn into severe illnesses. For example, recommended dietary intake of parsnips can help prevent anemia by maintaining required hemoglobin levels in our bodies.
Easy to Cook and Prepare
We can easily prepare and consume parsnips in different forms as we like. They taste fantastic when roasted, mashed, or baked. We can also add parsnips to many recipes to add a dash of nutrition to them.
Now that we’re aware of how essential parsnips are in our diets, let’s get started with the parsnip soup recipe:
- high-speed blender
- 2.5 cups yellow onion chopped
- 3 cups parsnip chopped
- 2.5 cups carrots chopped, I used white carrots to enhance the parsnip color
- 5 cups vegetable stock
- 1 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
- 1 pinch quality salt
- 1 pinch black pepper freshly grounded
- 1/2 cup parsnip cut into thin slices
- 1 pinch black pepper black pepper
- pomegranate arils
- Heat a big saucepan over medium heat. When heated add the EVOO, onion, and cook 10 minutes or until tender, stirring occasionally.
- Add the chopped parsnip, carrot, and broth; bring to a boil. Reduce heat, and simmer 50 minutes or until vegetables are tender. Remove from heat and let stand 5 minutes
- Place half of the mixture in the blender, and process until smooth. Pour the pureed mixture into a large bowl. Repeat the procedure with the remaining mixture. Adjust salt and pepper to taste.
- Place a small pan over medium-high heat. When heated add 1 tablespoon of EVOO, and add the parsnip slices; cook 5 minutes or until lightly browned, turning occasionally. Drain on paper towels.
- Serve the creamy soups in bowls and sprinkle parsnip chips, freshly grounded black pepper, and some pomegranate arils over soup.Enjoy hot!