It still makes me so happy when I realize that there are healthy and delicious alternatives to foods I love and grew up with. Thanksgiving is around the corner, and I’ve been thinking about childhood foods I enjoy. I’ve also been wondering, How much can I stick to paleo during the holidays? What about my old favorite foods like mashed potatoes? I did some investigating, and I’ve come up with a creamy paleo-friendly mashed potato substitute that I’m crazy about: parsnip mash.
I used this carrot and parsnip puree recipe from nomnompaleo.com for inspiration.
4 parsnips, peeled and chopped
3-4 stalks of green onions, chopped
¾ onion, chopped
½ cup chicken stock
½ cup water
½ can full fat coconut milk
Walnut oil (or another paleo-friendly oil)
1. Coat a large pan or wok with walnut oil.
2. Add the veggies and sauté them briefly.
3. Add the broth and water. Bring the liquid to a boil.
4. Simmer the ingredients for 25-30 minutes.
5. The veggies will soften. Add the mixture to a blender.
6. Add coconut milk as needed to help blend the mixture. I pureed in two batches in a regular blender, and I added about ¼ can of coconut milk for each batch.
I cannot wait to make this for Thanksgiving and enjoy it alongside some turkey, cranberries, and other treats!