Turnip Mashed Potatoes

Keep the holidays healthy with plenty of fruits and vegetables.Turnips

Disclosure: I received a Produce Box, mentioned here, free of charge. I was not expected to write this post. I was not financially compensated for my time. Opinions are my own.

Last week there was something in my produce box I had never eaten before
but this week it’s included as an ingredient in something I’m preparing for Thanksgiving.  These  pretty white turnips.IMG_2907 I can’t say I was clueless about what to do with them for long, because the Produce box always includes tips to keep your produce fresh and suggested ways to prepare the goodness.

Here are the  tips they offer  for  turnips:  grate into a salads, add to stocks,  roast grill or cook as you would potatoes. They keep in the refrigerator for one two weeks. You can also use the leaves, but must cut them from the root and store separately; use with in a few days.

So let’s get back back to the  root of the matter.. what I’m making for Thanksgiving with the turnip root.Turnip Mashed Potatoes

Mashed potatoes! The recipe is below and is adapted from my original  recipe  made with cauliflower. You can also use your own mashed potato recipe, just substitute in turnip roots for some of the potatoes (I use the proportion: 1 part turnip root to 3 parts potato.) One cup of turnips has 35 calories, is  a good source of dietary fiber, vitamin C and potassium.

This holiday season, remember to bring health to the holiday table with more fruits and vegetables. Consider giving yourself (or someone you care about) the gift of produce delivered to your door via the Produce Box!

Turnip Mashed PotatoesTurnip Mashed Potatoes

by Diane Boyd

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 20 minutes

Ingredients (serves 12)

  • 3 pounds russet potatoes, peeled
  • 1 pound turnips, peeled
  • 3/4 cup skim milk
  • 2 Tablespoon non-fat Greek yogurt
  • 1/4 cup unsalted butter, melted
  • 1/2 teaspoon sea salt, or to taste
  • garnish with fresh Italian parsley


1. Put potatoes and turnip into a Dutch oven. Add water to cover the vegetables. Add salt. Bring to a boil. reduce heat; steam covered for 15-20 minutes or until vegetables are tender.

2. Using a slotted spoon, remove vegetables and add to a foo mill. Force vegetables through fodd mill into large bowl.

3. Stir in milk, Greek yogurt, butter and salt. Serve immediately.

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Sweet and Savory Alternative to Stuffing

In only 15 minutes, you can make a side dish with broad appeal like this vegan, gluten free alternative to stuffing.
Sweet and Savory Alternative to Stuffing

Disclosure: I am a member of the Cranberry Bog Blogger Team. I received free cranberry product mentioned in this post. I was not compensated for writing this post. Opinions are my own.

The harvest of this season’s most iconic fruits is underway.  Yes,  cranberries. What comes to mind when you  you think of the tiny tart cranberry? Turkey? Baked goods? Relish?  Today,  in the  spirit of a new tradition, the Cranberry Marketing Committee has asked me to create a cranberry inspired holiday dish, using a few ingredients you might not associate with cranberries : oatmeal, tumeric, and pistachios, oh my!

Speaking of new traditions, do you celebrate Friendsgiving?  The word #friendsgiving cropped up only a few years ago, but I’ve gotta tell you, I’ve been celebrating this feast for decades, along with many other Americans who work weekends and holidays (you know who you are).  If you like to  gather and feast on a potluck meal with your closest friends, either on Thanksgiving or the weeks before or after, consider hosting a new tradition.  Here’s everything you always wanted to know about.. Friendsgiving.

In my humble opinion,  a good  host of any  dinner party will ensure that there are some vegan, vegetarian or allergy-conscious options  if any guests require them. When heading out to a potluck, I always aim to take something with broad appeal like this..

Sweet and Savory Alternative to Stuffing

a sweet and savory alternative to stuffing. This dish takes only 15 minutes to make, and you can satisfy your vegan and gluten free friends without disappointing any carnivores or gluten loving besties.

Tis the cranberry season. Remember to use them in your holiday meals for their taste, bright holiday color and  health benefits. Find more cranberry recipes here. And for a chance to WIN $2000, upload your Friendsgiving cranberry creations.


Sweet and Savory Alternative to Stuffing

Sweet & Savory Alternative to Stuffing

serves 8

by Diane Boyd


  • 8 cups water
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 4 cups oatmeal, gluten free
  • 2 teaspoons tumeric
  • 1/2 cup shelled pistachios
  • 1 cup cranberry sauce


1. Boil water and add salt and turmeric.

2. Stir in oats.

3. Cook about 5 minutes over medium heat, stir occasionally.

4. Pour cooked oatmeal into a covered casserole. (transport in casserole and reheat in microwave prior to serving.).

5. Top with pistachios and cranberry sauce.

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