Recipe by Chef Cindy
Root vegetables are incredibly abundant in the winter season and the perfect time to make Spicy Rutabaga Breakfast Skillet Home Fries. Breakfast skillet home fries are traditionally made with potatoes but they taste even more delicious with rutabaga. Focusing on recipes that use seasonal ingredients such as rutabaga will inspire creativity in the kitchen.
What are Rutabagas?
What are rutabagas? Rutabagas are root vegetables (grown underground) just like potatoes, turnips, parsnips, beets, carrots, celeriac, and radishes. With a harvest between fall and early spring, they are seasonally abundant in the winter months. Rutabagas are in the cabbage family which gives them a cross taste between turnips and cabbage. If you've had a turnip, you have a good idea of they taste like. They are earthy, slightly bitter, buttery and sweet-savory taste.
Eating Seasonal Is Good For The Planet
Root vegetables like rutabaga, carrots, celeriac, beets, parsnips, turnip, and potatoes are abundant in the winter months. Focusing on recipes that use seasonal ingredients is a step towards being a mindful, eco-conscious consumer.
Why does eating seasonal matter? When we are far removed from the impact of our food choices, we aren’t aware of its implications on our bodies, other people, and our environment. Eating seasonal fruits and vegetables is a simple change we can all make with our daily diet that is sustainably good for our planet.
Read more on TMF’s Guide to Eating Seasonal!
If you need more guidance on how to make this recipe, click on the link below.
Spicy Rutabaga Breakfast Skillet Home Fries
- 2 tablespoon olive oil
- 2 rutabaga peeled and small cubed
- 1 small onion diced
- 1 garlic clove minced
- 2 scallions sliced white and greens
- ½ jalapeño chopped
- salt & pepper to taste
- 1 teaspoon garlic powder
- 2 tablespoon shredded Colby Jack cheese plant-based cheese, Violife recommended
- cilantro 2 tablespoon chopped
- Heat 2 tablespoon olive oil in a cast-iron skillet. Add cubed rutabaga. Cook for 5 - 7 minutes stirring occasionally.
- Add onion, cook, while continuing to stir until lightly browned. Add garlic, scallions, and jalapeños. Season with salt & pepper and garlic powder.
- Cook for an additional 5 minutes. (If making eggs - this is the time to cook them in a separate pan.) Stir in cheese and half of the chopped cilantro. Ready when the cheese has melted slightly.
- Serve alongside egg or scrambled tofu. Top it with fresh cilantro and your favorite hot sauce for an extra kick!