I made a mistake! I didn’t bother looking up parsnips in the GAPS book and figured they were allowed because I thought they were similar to carrots. Not true! I just received a comment saying that they are too starchy (like potatoes).I’ve looked it up in both the SCD and GAPS book, and that is entirely correct. They are not GAPS or SCD legal.
Fortunately, I didn’t experience a bad reaction from eating them last night. I am so sorry if I confused any of you by labeling my mashed parsnip recipe “GAPS Legal.” My mistake!! I’m so sorry!!
This is a good reminder that the SCD/GAPS diet is a journey… stumbles are inevitable. What counts is moving forward with a positive attitude. Be gentle with yourself, forgive your mistakes (I’m working on this one right now…), and expect a learning curve.
But I don’t like parsnips
No, really… I don’t. This was actually my first introduction to the root vegetable. And while I don’t have a strong aversion to them, I think I’ll stick with their familiar orange cousin (UPDATE: that might have been my body telling me, “this is not good for you right now!”).
With that said, however, my family LOVED this dish. Even my sister finished her helping! And Dad was getting all culinary and employed adjectives like “earthy,” “mellow,” and “delicately sweet” to describe this dish. They unanimously voted that this deserved a place on the blog.
And if I had to eat parsnips, this would be the way to go. This creamy mash tastes slightly sweet and herbaceous, not at all spicy or bitter.
The rest of my GAPS Thanksgiving
It was just my immediate family for a small Thanksgiving celebration this year, since our extended family is across the country. I was somewhat relieved, actually, because it meant I didn’t have to stress about finding food on the table that I could eat. With the exception of mashed potatoes, the meal was GAPS friendly:
Roast Turkey with Creamy GAPS Gravy
Vanilla Cranberry Sauce (I didn’t use a recipe for this–just threw some chopped cranberries, water, vanilla extract and honey in a pot and simmered away. I also used a bit of gelatin. It was AMAZING. So I’m going to try to replicate it and share it soon!)
Fresh green beans with butter
Roasted butternut squash
And, of course, mashed parsnips