A delicious and healthy low carb keto side dish – this oven roasted rutabaga recipe is ready in 20 minutes and can be enjoyed with the meat or fish main dishes of your choice.
How to roast rutabaga
There are many ways you can cook rutabagas, but my favorite is oven roasting. To make this easy oven roasted rutabaga recipe, we need to peel it, cut it into cubes, and season it. It’s okay to season it right on the baking tray. However, I encourage you to level up your roasting game and do it in a separate bowl to make sure that every cube is completely covered in virgin olive oil, dried thyme (you can also use fresh thyme to your taste), salt, and pepper.
After, place the rutabagas on a baking tray lined with a parchment paper. Make sure there's enough space between the cubes; it'll allow hot air to flow between the pieces while in the oven. Roast the rutabaga in an oven preheated to 395F (200C) for 10 minutes or until it starts picking up a golden color.
Then, take out the baking tray, toss the cubes a little bit, and return to the oven for another 20 minutes or until golden brown and fork tender. That’s it, you have your perfectly oven-roasted rutabaga! Serve it immediately with a side dish of your choice.
You can store it in an air-tight container in a fridge for up to 3 days. However, it will become soggy, so it’s best to bake it and eat it right away. When I end up with the leftovers, I usually fry them with some eggs, cherry tomatoes, and spinach the next morning – amazing breakfast!
Is rutabaga keto
I know, root vegetables shouldn't be eaten on a keto diet. However, I assure you that the rutabaga is not like potatoes; it doesn’t have a lot of carbs or starches in it. In fact, 100g of it contains around 6.8g total carbs and 1.8g of fiber, which brings us to only 5g net carbs. Not bad for a root vegetable, right? I think it’s safe to say that the rutabaga is keto and can be enjoyed as a low-carb side dish.
The rutabaga is a very low-calorie root vegetable (only 30kcal/100g or around ½ cup). It's perfect for those who are on their way losing some weight. And, if you don’t want to lose weight, the rutabaga is perfect as a light and nutritious side dish. Rutabaga is rich in vitamin C, it has plenty of vitamin B1 and B6, quite a bit of potassium (super important on a keto diet), and even has omega-3 fatty acid.
I’m a big fan of oven-roasted rutabagas and can eat them with literally everything. The buttery (when cooked) and sweet-sour taste has a lot of character, making rutabagas perfect for both meat and fish main dishes. I can definitely imagine roasted rutabagas being served next to my KETO GARLIC BUTTER PORK CHOPS, GLUTEN-FREE KETO SALMON CAKES, or even OVEN-BAKED LEMON BUTTER CHICKEN THIGHS RECIPE.
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Oven roasted rutabaga recipe
- Baking tray
- 1 lb (500g) rutabaga, cubed
- 3 tbsp olive oil
- 2-3 tsp Dried thyme
- Ground black pepper
- Preheat oven to 395F (200C).
- In a large mixing bowl, add the cubed rutabaga, olive oil, dried thyme, and ground black pepper with salt to taste. Mix everything well until the cubes are covered in oil and seasoning.
- Place everything on a baking tray lined with parchment paper and bake for 10 minutes or until the rutabaga starts picking up a golden color.
- Take out the baking tray, toss the cubes a little bit and return to the oven for another 10 minutes or until golden brown.
- Serve warm with the main dish of your choice.
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