EDP: Kale and Parsnip Saute

You know, I am certain of one thing…  that one thing is that eating the kind of food I do is what truly keeps me going.  I know that I am no exception when it comes to a busy lifestyle, but I often find myself wondering where the heck are all the hours going!?  It has not been my intention to stay away for so long — but things have been a bit rough for me lately.

To provide a quick recap — I recently fell into a nifty promotion at work.  Good news, eh?  Yes!  Along with any promotion of course comes the luxury of more moolah — but many more hours and more responsibility.  For years I have been used to a 40-hour work week and now I am transitioning into working 10 hour days (still 5 days a week) which somehow seems like so much more.  In reality I am not at work that much more, but schedules are different and so my usual meal planning has taken a toll.  I am not finding myself with as much free time before work to whip up meals and so I will definitely be looking for something that is more efficient.  I may have to try the one-day cooking thing…you know, where you make a bunch of meals on a particular lazy day and then eat on them throughout the week.

I do feel so overwhelmed sometimes.  I feel like I always have so, so, so much to do.  Even on my days off — there is cleaning, errands, laundry, grocery shopping, etc…and it’s hard to do it all.  In the midst of a very busy schedule, we are in the process of car shopping.  I have truly been blessed recently with this promotion — and it is going to allow me to take care of one very dire thing…replacing my car.  That alone will be a huge burden off my back.  Lately on my days off I have been going over to Veteran’s Park early in the morning, and just walking.  Less running…just walking.  One morning the weather was so incredibly cool and fresh that I just walked an extra mile and took pictures of the scenery.  It is really hard sometimes – when you find yourself so busy – to just stop and appreciate truly wonderful things.  I am going to try to be better at that.

Anyway, it’s no wonder where I get all this energy from.  The fact that I am physically capable in the first place is a wonderful thing.  There are so many people – who just wake up tired…so many that can’t find themselves pushing through out the day…  I will tell you, it comes from fueling your body with really good food.  Ha ha in fact, just the other day someone asked me at work, “how do you get it all done?…how do you do it all so fast?”  My response was, “well, I get here full of energy and I am just excited to go, go, go.”  It’s true.  My body feels really good and it shows in all that I do.

How about a new recipe?  I recently got a copy of Sarah Fragoso’s “Everyday Paleo Family Cookbook.”   I have mentioned before that it was her first book “Everyday Paleo” that I started out with and it did wonders for us.  She is an amazing cook, and I was really excited to see how her second book turned out.  Truthfully I have not had the chance to make many recipes from it yet — but there are a lot I am interested in.  I made a side dish of her’s last night and it was fantastic.  Thought it would be a good one to share with ya’ll.


  • 2-3 tbsp. coconut oil
  • 1/2 yellow onion, diced
  • 2-1/2 c. peeled and diced parsnips
  • 1 bunch kale, diced
  • 2-3 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 tsp. grated fresh ginger
  • salt & pepper to taste
  • drizzle of olive oil


  1. Heat the coconut oil in a large skillet over medium heat.
  2. Saute the onions until they are translucent.
  3. Add diced parsnips and cook until parsnips and onions are browned and caramelized.  This will take around 6-7 minutes.
  4. Add diced kale, cover with a lid, and cook for 2-3 minutes.
  5. Toss in garlic, ginger, salt, pepper, and drizzle of olive oil.  Combine well and cook a few more minutes or until the garlic becomes fragrant.

Super easy side dish to make, and I really enjoyed it.  I served it with some baked chicken thighs.  What was even better is this morning I had just enough left over to eat it along-side my fried eggs and bacon.  There’s something about the rich gooey-ness of egg yolk with sweet parsnips that I absolutely love.  Substitute diced up parsnips in your scrambled eggs for potatoes sometime — you’ll like the combination.




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2 Responses to “EDP: Kale and Parsnip Saute”

  1. Congrats on the promotion!! That is awesome. Everyday Paleo was my first Paleo book, too and it made it so much easier for us to get started. We still make her Puerto Rican Beef all the time!

    • jennifer says:

      Yup, 10 hour days won’t be so much fun…but thank goodness we have Puerto Rican Beef to fall back on! I love that recipe, too. 🙂

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