Although you should limit your starchy vegetables while on the Candida Diet, rutabaga is an interesting exception. Although it is certainly a starchy vegetable, it also has antifungal properties that will promote gut health and even work to prevent a Candida overgrowth.
When you cook rutabaga, it becomes tender and mellow. You can use it in place of potatoes in any of your favorite recipes, with delicious results. Bake it, boil it, steam it, mash it, or make into a hash as in this recipe for Smoky Rutabaga Hash.
Smoky paprika (sometimes called smoked paprika) adds depth to a dish when you want your food to have the flavor that smoked meats would provide. Rich and earthy, this hash is perfect alongside eggs for breakfast when you’re missing bacon! It also works as a quick dinner side dish.
- 3 Tbsp. oil, coconut or olive
- 1 rutabaga (about 1 1/2 pounds) peeled and diced into 1/2 inch cubes
- 1/2 cup minced onion
- 1/2 cup minced red pepper
- 1 tsp. salt
- 1/4 tsp. pepper
- 2 tsp. smoky paprika
- Fresh minced chives or dill
Heat the oil in a skillet over medium heat. Add the diced rutabaga, stir to coat with oil and then sauté for about 4 minutes.
Cover and cook, stirring once or twice, until rutabagas are tender when pierced with a fork, about 15 minutes. If rutabaga begins to brown too quickly, turn heat down to medium low.
Uncover skillet and add the minced onion, minced red pepper, salt, pepper and smoky paprika. Stir to combine, then sauté for about 10 minutes.
Garnish with fresh minced chives or dill, and serve.
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