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Guest Post: Chili Topped Parsnip Fries


Chili Topped Parsnip Fries

I am very excited to introduce this guest post from Louise at She has loads of amazing recipes and luckily for all of us, Louise also just released her new cookbook, The Essential Paleo Cookbook, which comes with some amazing recipes and a bunch of awesome bonuses – click here to check it out!

This recipe is great way to introduce parsnips into your diet (and your children’s). I’d love to hear what you think once you try it for yourselves!

Here’s Louise…

Jeremy didn’t eat many veggies growing up, so he literally never had a parsnip until quite recently. Now, whenever we go to the store, he always heads straight for the parsnips, and it’s all because of this recipe. This is one of our most highly recommended recipes. If you’re not very familiar with parsnips, they’re a root vegetable that looks somewhat like a pale carrot. It’s high in potassium and a little bit sweet, but above all else, they’re delicious. You can actually eat this as a meal, or you could just use it as a side or a snack.

Chili Topped Parsnip Fries

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 40 minutes

Total Time: 50 minutes

Yield: 2 servings

Serving Size: 1 large bowl (approx.)


  • 2 large parsnips (or 4 small ones), peeled and cut into fries
  • 1 Tablespoon (18 g) salt
  • 1/4 cup (60 ml) olive oil
  • 2 14-ounce (794 g) cans of tomato sauce or diced tomatoes
  • 1 lb (454 g) ground beef
  • 2 Tablespoons (30 ml) coconut oil
  • 4 cloves garlic, minced (or 2-3 Tbsp (17-25 g) garlic powder) (optional)
  • 1 small onion, chopped (optional)
  • 1 Tablespoon (5 g) Italian seasoning
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • 4 Tablespoons (58 g) of guacamole (see page 212 for recipe) (optional)


  1. Preheat oven to 450 F (232 C).
  2. Toss the parsnip fries with 1 Tablespoon of salt and 1/4 cup of olive oil. Spread fries onto a baking tray and bake for 40 minutes (flip the fries in the middle to prevent burning).
  3. Meanwhile, add the 2 Tablespoons (27 g) coconut oil into a large saucepan and add the ground beef and the onions. Cook the ground beef and onions until the beef is browned. Add the tomato sauce or diced tomatoes, garlic, Italian seasoning, and salt and pepper to taste. Simmer for 30-40 minutes. Stir regularly to keep from burning on the bottom of the pot.
  4. Divide the parsnip fries between two bowls. Divide the chili and pour on top of the fries. Then top each bowl with two tablespoons of guacamole.


  • Fresh basil leaves can be used instead of Italian seasoning.

About Louise Hendon
Louise is the co-founder of and author of the Essential Paleo Cookbook. Apart from cooking a little too often, she really loves hiking and playing with her Shih Tzu named Karma.


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