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Parsnip “Rice” with Fresh Thyme & Sage

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Parsnip “Rice” with Fresh Thyme & Sage is a nutty, flavorful substitute to rice.  Serve with your favorite protein and additional sides for a cozy fall dinner or a holiday meal.

parsnip_rice 5 graphicMove over cauliflower rice.  Parsnip “rice” is coming for ya!  It is about to give you a run for your money, too.

parsnip_rice 7Ever since cauliflower “rice” became a thing, I have been on board the train.  And while I think cauli rice is delicious in cauliflower pizza crust or served in place of a bed of rice, I’ve gotta be honest.  I really don’t care for cauliflower rice on its own.

Plain cauliflower rice does nothing for me.  I think it has very little flavor, and whenever I try to properly season it, I end up with a soggy and mushy mess.  I don’t know about you, but I am not a fan of mushy rice.  Mashed cauliflower instead of mashed potatoes?  Sure!  But I am going to have to pass on mushy cauliflower rice.

parsnip_riceLuckily, there is a new rice in town.

And while I may be biased, I think parsnip rice makes cauliflower rice seem like the unpopular, dismal younger sibling of rice.  In fact, if I could get everyone to think the way I think and taste the way I taste, I would make plain cauliflower rice go extinct.  Should it stick around for pizza crust?  You bet!  But served alone as a side?  No thank you.  That is what parsnip rice is for!

parsnip_rice 4You are going to fall in love with this parsnip rice for so many reasons.  It is:

sturdy (not mushy!)
has the texture of rice
is absolutely perfect for the fall and winter seasons and the holidays

parsnip_rice 6Are you ready to try parsnip rice yet?  Let’s get to ricing!

parsnip_rice 3Parsnip “Rice” with Fresh Thyme & Sage
AIP, Whole 30, Paleo, Vegan, Dairy-Free, Gluten-Free, Grain-Free, Nightshade-Free, Nut-Free


4 large parsnips*
1-2 heaping TB of unrefined coconut oil
10 leaves of fresh sage, minced
5 sprigs of fresh thyme
1-inch piece of fresh ginger, grated
fine sea salt, to taste
freshly ground black pepper, to taste

*I highly recommend that you only use large parsnips.  Small parsnips are very difficult to spiralize.


1. Start by washing, peeling, and spiralizing your parsnips.

2. Place the spiralized parsnips in a large food processor and pulse for 15 to 20 seconds, or until it resembles the look of rice.  You will likely need to do this in several batches.

3. In a large skillet, heat coconut oil over medium-high heat.  Once hot, lower to medium heat and add parsnip “rice.”  Cover and saute for approximately 5 minutes.  Stir frequently.

4. Turn the heat down to low.  Add sage, thyme, sea salt, and black pepper.  Stir until well-combined.  Cook for an additional 10 minutes, stirring frequently.  Adjust seasonings, as desired.

parsnip_rice 8Parsnip rice has me all giddy for the Thanksgiving holiday already!  I mean seriously, how perfect would this be served alongside turkey and your favorite sides?

parsnip_rice 2Rice made from parsnips and fresh herbs is perfect for fall and the holidays! #paleo #glutenfree Click To Tweet

Have you ever made parsnip “rice?”
What is your favorite rice substitute?

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