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The humble swede is one of my top ten vegetables.  The sweet golden core of this adaptable ingredient proves indispensable I find for frugal cooking.  These crunchy wedges are absolutely luscious and great as part of a diet or healthy eating plan. So you can feel a little smug if counting the calories or following a Weightwatchers  plan with the pro-points totalling a meagre 1/2 a point per portion or 105 calories approximately. If you are one of the struggling diet soldiers like myself who watch the very popular ‘Operation Transformation’ weight-loss programme on RTE, this is a simple guilt-free lunch or side-dish. Substitute the drizzle of olive oil for a low-fat option of a spray if you want to be extraordinarily healthy and holy.  Do be warned though, they are more-ish!

Serves 2

You will Need –

400g swede / turnip peeled and sliced into slim wedges

1 tbsp olive oil or low-fat spray of choice

1 tsp thyme dried or fresh

25g / 5 tbsp grated parmesan

pinch salt

Black pepper

Pre-heat the oven to 200C

To Do –

Toss the swede wedges in a bowl with the thyme, oil and half the parmesan.

Place on a roasting tray and bake for 35-40 minutes until flesh is just soft and the outside crispy and golden.

When cooked, sprinkle with the remaining parmesan and a good sprinkling of black pepper.


Sheelagh x.