An interesting twist on “loaded” baked potatoes! If you’ve never baked turnips in your microwave you simply MUST try it sometime. Wash and poke with a few holes to prevent them exploding and bake just like baked potatoes (Microwave on HI about 4 minutes per side for large ones). Cut, fork up, butter and you’ll SWEAR you’re eating a baked potato!!!! They’re wonderful with grilled steaks.
This dish, however, is a meal unto itself, topped off with lots of cheese and tuna. A little carby, due to the turnip, but you can cut carbs in half just doing this over steamed, buttered cauliflower as well. It just won’t LOOK like a baked potato like the turnips will. This dish is best suited for Atkins Phase 2 OWL, provided you can fit the carbs into your daily carb limit. It is kind of carb-y, but the nutritional values make it well worth those carbs. Check out the stats below! It is suitable for Primal but not Paleo unless the cheese is left out. If this recipe appeals to you but you really can’t afford to consume that many carbs at one meal, choose smaller turnips or serve the toppings on 1 c. steamed cauliflower instead. That will pull down the carbs by quite a bit. It won’t look the same, but will taste just about the same in the end. 🙂
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2 large turnips, about 10 oz. each raw (each will yield about 7 oz. edible flesh, as you don’t eat the skins)
1 6.4-oz. pouch water-pack tuna
1¼ c. grated Cheddar cheese
4 T. butter
3 T. finely chopped chives
¼ c. sour cream
1/4 tsp. seasoning of your choice: (I used my Seafood Spice Blend: https://buttoni.wordpress.com/2009/08/20/my-seafood-spice-blend/ )
Dash salt (omit if you are extremely sodium sensitive)
DIRECTIONS: Scrub/wash the turnips, trim the stem and tip off. Stir tuna, 1 c. of the cheese, the seasoning and salt, 2 T. of the chives (reserve 1 T. for final topping) in a bowl and set aside. Chop chives finely and set aside for now. Microwave prepared turnips about 3-4 minutes on HI, turn over and microwave 3-4 minutes longer on the second side. They should feel fairly soft when slightly squeezed. Preheat oven to 350º. Remove and slice in half without cutting the two parts completely apart. They will sit on the plate nicer if not cut in twain. Place the halves on medium-sized plates that you plan to serve on. Fork up the turnip flesh a bit, trying not to tear the skins. Top each turnip half with 1 T. butter and fork that around a bit so it melts. Dot each half with 1 T. sour cream. Next spoon ¼ the tuna-cheese mixture evenly on each turnip half. Set plates on a baking sheet and pop into preheated 350º oven for about 10 minutes. Remove and sprinkle the remaining ¼ c. of the cheese and finally the remaining chives on top and pop back into over for 5-10 minutes more until cheese if fully melted. Serve at once with perhaps a green salad.
NUTRITIONAL INFO: Makes 2 very filling adult dinner-size servings, each contains: (Please note, this would make 4 smaller lunch portions).
50 g fat
18.9 g carbs, 4.8 g fiber, 14.1 g NET CARBS
37.35 g protein
1332 mg sodium