This post is part of the Healthy Traditions campaign for Squatty Potty.

Thanksgiving is coming up & I have the BEST side dish ever! This is one we love to make in the fall. I could eat it as the main dish because I love it so much! Parsnips are the perfect fall vegetable too because they are ripe towards the middle/end of October if you plant them early in the spring. We actually used the ones from our garden in the photos for this recipe. If you don’t know, parsnips are like carrots, but with a little sass to them. They aren’t sweet like carrots, which is why you combine the two to create the perfect side dish. The parsnips mash better than the carrots do once they are boiled, but I like to leave mine a little chunky when I serve them. These are simple, but incredibly delicious & would be perfect to serve alongside turkey & a roll 🙂

Not only is this dish incredibly flavorful, but it’s a perfect substitute for mashed potatoes, since carrots & parsnips are full of vitamins & fiber. If you are going to swap one food to make your holiday a little healthier, swap the taters for the root vegetables! This recipe is part of a Healthy Traditions campaign! You might not know, but a little over 2 years ago I started a weight loss journey. I had my daughter 3 months beforehand & I was weighing in at 172lbs. I got down to 123lbs in about 9 months & have kept it off since. So holidays kind of freak me out. All that hard work & dedication just to pig out during the holidays? No way! But it is hard to not overeat when you are having a good time with family & friends. So I really hope you consider making at least one of your dishes healthier.

Parsnip & Carrot Mash

Parsnip & Carrot Mash


  • 2 1/2 cups parsnips, peeled & diced (about 8-10 parsnips)
  • 1 1/4 cup carrots, peeled & diced (about 3-4 carrots)
  • 4 Tbsp butter
  • 2 to 4 Tbsp milk
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1/4 tsp ground pepper


  1. Peel & dice parsnips & carrots. Place into a large saucepan. Cover with water. Bring water to a boil & cook for 20-25 minutes or until fork tender.
  2. Drain water. With a potato masher, mash mixture with butter, milk, salt & pepper. Adjust seasonings as needed. You may also add more butter or milk to desired consistency. The parsnips mash better than the carrots. If a smooth consistency is desired, place mixture into a food processor & blend until smooth.
Nutrition Information:
Yield: 4
Amount Per Serving: Unsaturated Fat: 0g

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