Comforting bake for colder nights

by Rebecca Vincent.

As the evenings draw in and get cooler I love a nice comforting bake, and this creamy gratin with swede and turnips hits the spot, both tasty and satisfying. Swede and turnips aren’t usually at the top of people’s favourite vegetables but give them a chance!
Swede is a great source of vitamins C, E and the B vitamins, potassium, calcium, magnesium and fibre, and contains small but notable amounts of phosphorus and selenium. Turnips have a similar nutritional profile and are good sources of vitamin C, folate, calcium, magnesium, potassium and phosphorus.

Swede and turnip gratin
(Serves 2-4)
½ medium swede
1 medium turnip
½ medium white onion
1 garlic clove (finely grated)
Leaves from a small bunch of thyme
150ml double cream (or plant-based cream)
Pinch of salt and black pepper

Pre-heat the oven to 180 degrees. Peel the swede and turnip, cut lengthways and finely slice using a mandolin or carefully by hand. Peel and finely slice the onion. Mix the garlic, thyme and pepper into the cream and set aside.
Layer the slices of turnip, swede and onion in an oven-proof dish. Halfway through pour over half of the cream mixture – giving it a stir first to ensure the flavourings are evening distributed. Continue to layer the vegetables, aiming to finish with a layer of swede, and pour over the remaining mixture. Cover the dish with tin foil and pop in the oven for 30 minutes. Then remove the foil and return to the oven for a further 20-30 minutes until the vegetables are tender and the top is golden.
Lovely served as part of a roast dinner.
As some of you may know I have The Wellbeing Centre at Cole’s Yard in Wincanton, and we are hosting our first half-day retreat on Sunday 6 November. The Lantern Retreat with Kate Ward and myself will include pilates, relaxation, breathwork, some nutrition tips, crafts and refreshments, and will run from 2.30-5.30pm.
For more information or to book please email Kate on
n Rebecca Vincent BSc (Hons); BANT-registered nutritionist; phone: 07515 019430;

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