We are nearing the end of our food list for October. Three foods today: star fruit, sweet potatoes and turnips.

Star fruit: Carambola, also known as starfruit, is the fruit of Averrhoa carambola, a species of tree native to the Philippines, Indonesia, Malaysia, India, Bangladesh and Sri Lanka. 1 star fruit = 28 calories.

Dessert Pizza with Star Fruit, Mango, and Peaches – (A “pizza” dessert is one of my favorites. I love they way the look and I like how easy they are to make.)

1 star fruit, sliced
1 peach, sliced
1 mango, sliced
1/2 cup white Zinfandel
4 ounces cream cheese frosting
10 -inch pizza shell
1/4 cup brown sugar


Preheat oven to 400 degrees F.

Put the sliced fruit into a bowl and cover with wine; let it sit for 30 minutes. Smear the cream cheese frosting onto the pizza shell to desired thickness. Place the fruit on top of the frosting, and sprinkle with brown sugar. The pizza is then baked according to pizza shell directions or until frosting is melted and crust is crisp.

Sweet Potatoes: The sweet potato is a dicotyledonous plant that belongs to the family Convolvulaceae. Its large, starchy, sweet-tasting, tuberous roots are a root vegetable. The young leaves and shoots are sometimes eaten as greens. 1 cup = 114 calories.

I love sweet potatoes. I have eaten a lot of these while losing weight. I enjoy them baked and sprinkled with a “pumpkin spice”.

Sweet Potato Pancakes



1/2 cup pre-mashed Sweet Potatoes (boil to cook, drain, and then mash)
2 Whole Eggs
1 tbsp Coconut Flour
1 tsp Cinnamon
1/4 tsp Cloves
1/4 tsp Baking Soda
2 tsp Stevia or Brown Sugar (depending on nutritional needs)
1 tbsp Coconut Oil
2 tbsp Sugar-free Maple Syrup


Combine the sweet potato with the eggs until fully mixed. Next, stir in the coconut flour, cinnamon, cloves, and stevia/brown sugar.
Once combined, heat a griddle to medium heat and melt the coconut oil on top.
Pour batter onto the griddle to make two large pancakes. Cook for 3-4 minutes on one side until edges are bubbling, and then flip and cook for 2-3 minutes more.
Serve topped with sugar-free maple syrup.

Rosemary Parmesan Roasted Sweet Potatoes


2 large Sweet Potatoes
1/4 cup chopped fresh Rosemary
1/8 cup Low-fat parmesan cheese
2 tbsp Olive Oil
1 clove minced Garlic
Salt and Pepper to taste


Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F. Cut sweet potatoes into cubes.
Combine the rosemary, garlic, parmesan cheese, and olive oil in a Ziploc bag. Add sweet potatoes and toss to coat.
Place in a dish and bake for 20-25 minutes. Flip and then bake for another 20-25 minutes.
Remove from the oven and serve immediately.


Turnips: The turnip or white turnip is a root vegetable commonly grown in temperate climates worldwide for its white, bulbous taproot. Small, tender varieties are grown for human consumption, while larger varieties are grown as feed for livestock. 1 turnip = 34 calories.

4 Quick Turnip Recipes: (realsimple.com)

Sautéed Turnips and Greens
Cook peeled and cut-up turnips and sliced garlic in olive oil in a large skillet until tender. Add the turnip greens and cook until just wilted. Season with salt and pepper and a squeeze of lemon juice.

Roasted Turnips With Ginger
Peel and cut turnips into wedges. Toss with sliced fresh ginger, canola oil, salt, and pepper on a rimmed baking sheet. Drizzle with honey and roast at 400° F until tender.

Mashed Turnips With Crispy Bacon
Simmer peeled and cut-up turnips in boiling salted water until tender. Drain and mash with butter, salt, and pepper. Fold in crumbled cooked bacon and chopped chives; top with shaved Parmesan.

Creamy Leek and Turnip Soup
Cook thinly sliced leeks in butter in a large saucepan until soft. Add peeled and cut-up turnips and enough chicken broth to cover. Simmer until very tender. Puree until smooth, adding water or broth as necessary to adjust the consistency. Season with salt and pepper.