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One of the most overlooked veggies in the grocery store today are the nutritional powerhouses, rutabagas. Not only are they jam-packed with healthy nutrients, but they are a great low carb option for individuals following a low carb or ketogenic diet. Rutabagas are one of the easiest foods to prepare, and can be cut up into cubes and roasted to perfection within a matter of 30 minutes.

Rutabagas are a great low carb potato substitute due to their consistency, and the sweet flavor they release once cooked.

Why choose rutabagas for your next low carbohydrate side dish? One of the benefits rutabagas provide is in the numerous antioxidants they contain. Some of these antioxidants include vitamin C and beta carotene.

One cup of rutabaga contains 53 percent of the daily recommended value of vitamin C. This high amount of vitamin C can increase the strength of the immune system and even helps to improve the absorption of other minerals that you otherwise may not receive.

This vitamin also helps form collagen, which is extremely important for joint, muscle, and skin health, among other things. This is especially important as we lose our ability to produce collagen as we age.

Beta carotene is another antioxidant that holds strong in rutabagas. Beta carotene is the antioxidant that gives rutabagas as well as other fruits and vegetables their reddish-pink pigment. Beta carotene is often converted to vitamin A by the body, which we use for healthy skin, proper immune system function, and improved eye health.

Whether you’re getting ready for the weeks meal prep or preparing for a group dinner, these Ginger Rutabagas are the perfect low carb potato substitute to add to any meal. Not only are you getting all the health benefits of this tasty veggie, but you’ll also be able to maintain ketosis without any concern. The next time you’re at the store, grab a couple rutabagas for a quick and easy side.


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An Easy, Low Carb Potato Substitute

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These ginger rutabagas are a delicious, low carb potato substitute that packs so much flavor, you’ll be adding them to every meal.

  • Author: Steph Lodge
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 35 minutes
  • Total Time: 45 minutes
  • Yield: 2 1x
  • Category: Sides
  • Cuisine: American



  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees
  2. Peel rutabagas and cut into cubes
  3. Spread rutabaga cubes evenly on baking sheet lined with parchment paper
  4. Spray with avocado oil
  5. Season with 2 tbsp of ginger and 2 tbsp of himalayan sea salt
  6. Bake at 400 for 35 minutes


  • Serving Size: 1 cup
  • Fat: 0g
  • Carbohydrates: Net Carbs: 9g
  • Fiber: 3g
  • Protein: 1.5g

Keywords: rutabagas potato substitute


3 thoughts on “An Easy, Low Carb Potato Substitute

  1. This is a question not a comment. I am from the UK and want to know if rutabagas is the same as swede or is it something different? My email for reply is [email protected].
    Thanks for your help.

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