Never Know What Turnips

Never Know What Turnips

Thank you to Ellen Jaffe Jones, author of Eat Vegan on $4 a Day, for sharing this recipe with the Yummy Plants community!  Ellen is committed to creating healthy dishes that are super yummy and affordable.  This recipe isn’t from her book; Ellen created it just for us!

Ellen says, “Totally spontaneous recipe after gazillions of turnips showed up from the co-op. Turnips are often used instead of potatoes and have a similar taste.”

Learn more about being vegan on a budget from her blog: The Veg Coach or chat with her directly on her Facebook page.

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Never Know What Turnips

Prep Time20 mins
Cook Time15 mins
Servings: 4
Shared by: Ellen Jaffe Jones


  • 8 turnips washed and scrubbed, and shredded in a processor or cut in matchbook slices
  • 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 2 tablespoons Vegebase or other vegetable powder
  • 1 pinch turmeric optional
  • 1/2 cup dried soybeans they often come ‘lightly salted’


  • In a large skillet, add the water, Vegebase and turnips.
  • Cook and stir several times until the turnips are translucent, about 15 minutes. Sprinkle with cinnamon right before serving. Add a pinch of optional turmeric for an even more golden color.
  • Note: You can add the soybeans anytime during the cooking to soften them up. Or you can add them after cooking for a contrasting crunch.

Hope you enjoy this easy vegan recipe!

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