Never Know What Turnips

Never Know What Turnips
Prep Time : 20 minutes  |  Cook Time : 15 minutes  |  Servings : 4

Thank you to Ellen Jaffe Jones, author of Eat Vegan on $4 a Day, for sharing this recipe with the Yummy Plants community! Ellen is committed to creating healthy dishes that are super yummy and affordable.  This recipe isn’t from her book; Ellen created it just for us!

Ellen says, “Totally spontaneous recipe after gazillions of turnips showed up from the co-op. Turnips are often used instead of potatoes and have a similar taste. ”

Learn more about being vegan on a budget from her blog: The Veg Coach or chat with her directly on her Facebook page


8 turnips, washed and scrubbed, and shredded in a processor or cut in matchbook slices
1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
1/2 cup water
2 tablespoons Vegebase or other vegetable powder
1 pinch turmeric (optional)
1/2 cup dried soybeans (they often come 'lightly salted')


1. In a large skillet, add the water, Vegebase and turnips. 

2. Cook and stir several times until the turnips are translucent, about 15 minutes. Sprinkle with cinnamon right before serving. Add a pinch of optional turmeric for an even more golden color. 

Note: You can add the soybeans anytime during the cooking to soften them up. Or you can add them after cooking for a contrasting crunch. 

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