Ode to a Rutabaga

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I openly admit that I am not the healthiest person. I do try. I just haven’t exactly acquired a taste for a variety of vegetables.

Over the last year or so, my pallet has broadened. I have tried zucchini, sweet potatoes, butternut squash and acorn squash just to name a few.

Pampered Chef has come out with a brand new product called the Spiralizer. It makes noodles out of vegetables. I immediately was intrigued.

Once I received my own Spiralizer, I wanted to test it out. I happily made sweet potato “fries” and even regular russet potato “fries.” I say “fries” because they aren’t as thick as regular fries. The potato comes out much thinner then a regular fry. They were defintaly a hit in our house.
imageLast night I tried something new and out of the box for our home and it consisted of Rutabaga. Something I had never tried before. I kinda knew what it looked like, but certainly didn’t know what it tasted like.

My kids kept asking what was for dinner. I think they knew that something was up. I have learned to never really tell them what is for dinner. You see, when I do, I usually end up hearing complaints all the way up until it’s time to eat. It’s just not something I even want to hear. So I don’t tell them.

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Anyway, back to dinner.

Chimichurri Noodles with grilled flank steak.

I made the sauce. I accidentally bought white wine vinegar instead of red wine vinegar as the recipe calls for. ( Next time I would try it with the red wine vinegar. Just to see what the difference is.)

I omitted the cilantro. Cilantro to me is one of the nastiest herbs on the face of the earth. imageI think it literally makes me sick. I fully realize that I am in the minority on this one. Most people love cilantro. If you are one of these unfortunate people, then please, by all means, use the cilantro.

 

Next, I made noodles out of the rutabaga. I think that this process is actually pretty fun.

Then I grilled the steak. I will tell you, I was a tad bit sticker shocked when I saw the price of flank steak. I believe it was $8.49 a pound. ( I very very rarely pay that much for any kind of meat no matter the occasion. ) The steak I bought was a pound and a half. After I thought about the cost of the ingredients for this meal, I didn’t feel as bad since the rutabaga was I believe .79 a pound and the parsley was maybe .99 for the whole bunch. image

The whole meal came together in about 25 minutes.

I myself did not know what to expect. I had heard that this recipe was really good. I trusted the people that I had heard this from so I had high-er hopes for this dish.

I think Jeremy was excited to try it. He sure is a lucky guy to have a lady who likes to cook so much. 😉

The kids…. well… they didn’t exactly know what to say. Nathan immediately pulled out the steak sauce.

Maddie was a little more optimistic. Emma wasn’t at all. She said from the beginning that it looked “misgusting” and she wanted no part of it. And she didn’t. I couldn’t even lie to her and tell her it was pasta. Which is her favorite dish.

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Jeremy said he really liked it. He said it was really good and he would eat it again for sure.

Nathan and Maddie both ate what they were supposed to. I certainly think that they wouldn’t ask for it again. I do think that Maddie would think it is a step up from any type of fish.

Emma, well, you already know how she feels about it.

Me, I liked it. I liked how it was super healthy and it had good flavor. The noodles were a perfect mix of crunchy and soft. I still don’t know exactly what a rutabaga tastes like. I think that the flavor of the sauce took over the flavor of the rutabaga. I am wondering if rutabaga is sort of like cauliflower in that regard.

 

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