Rustic Root Mash Up

Just in time for cool weather and holidays! This twist on classic mashed potatoes adds fiber to fill you up while lowering the saturated fat compared to traditional recipes.

Creamy yukon gold potatoes get a healthy boost of nutrients (like fiber, potassium, folate, vitamin C and vitamin A) from turnips, parsnips and sweet potato. If you’ve never had a turnip or parsnip, this recipe is a great way to add new veggies to your table.

 
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Raw turnips have a slight radish-like resemblance, but have a mild flavor and texture when cooked. They are lower in calories that regular potatoes and balance out their starchiness. Turnips belong to the cruciferous family of veggies (think cabbage, Brussels sprouts, broccoli) and are a great source of fiber and vitamin C (a powerful antioxidant).

Parsnips, on the other hand, are similar to carrots (amazing roasted in the oven on their own) and are a good source of fiber, vitamin C and folate (important for brain and nervous system, heart health, cancer prevention and reproductive health).

Sweet potatoes have become a staple for plant-based lifestyles (you can even use them in place of toast!) and are loaded with fiber, vitamin A, C and potassium (an important mineral for balancing electrolytes and lowering blood pressure).

This easy recipe makes a great side for holiday feasts, a base for hearty bowls and even used as a filling for quesadillas. Simply peel the veggies, boil them and blend with buttermilk, salt, pepper and a little butter. We wanted to keep the creaminess of traditional mashed potatoes but lower the saturated fat and calories by swapping buttermilk for sour cream and loads of butter. You can lower the calories and saturated fat even further by swapping vegetable (or chicken) stock for the buttermilk.

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Recipe: Rustic Root Mash Up

Creamy yukon gold potatoes get a healthy boost of nutrients (like fiber, potassium, folate, vitamin C and vitamin A) from turnips, parsnips and sweet potato. If you’ve never had a turnip or parsnip, this recipe is a great way to add new veggies to your table.

Makes: 9 cups (12 servings)

Rustic Root Mashup

Ready In:

Ingredients:
  • 1 tsp sea salt (for water)
  • 6 yukon gold potatoes (about 3#)
  • 1 sweet potato (about 1#)
  • 3 parsnips (about 1#)
  • 1 medium turnip (about 1/2 #)
  • 1 cup buttermilk
  • 4 Tbsp. salted butter (½ a stick)
  • 1 tsp sea salt
  • pepper to taste
  • Optional Garnish: fresh thyme, sage or chives

Directions:
  1. Add 1 tsp sea salt to a large pot of water and bring to a boil.
  2. While water is heating, peel all root vegetables and cut into 1” cubes.
  3. Boil for 10-12 minutes or until easily pierced with a fork.
  4. Drain water from root vegetables.
  5. Add remaining ingredients to pot and mash by hand or transfer to a large heat-proof mixing bowl and use hand mixer.
  6. Garnish with fresh herbs.

NUTRITION PROFILE

200 calories, 4.5 g total fat, 2.5 g saturated fat, 0 g trans fat, 10 mg cholesterol, 290 mg sodium, 37 g total carbohydrates, 6 g fiber, 5 g total sugars, 4 g protein