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This carrot, parsnip, and potato mash is such an easy, healthy, and delicious vegetable side dish recipe. It’s a nutritious and flavourful twist on classic mashed potatoes! Vegan & gluten-free.

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Love mashed potatoes, but looking for a fun, healthy twist on a classic recipe? This carrot, parsnip, and potato mash is just what you need!

Made with mashed carrots, parsnips, and potatoes, this recipe packs in a ton of different vitamins, minerals, antioxidants, and dietary fibre.

The carrots and parsnips add an extra punch of flavour to basic mashed potatoes. Plus, it’s seasoned with minced garlic, cinnamon, thyme, and nutmeg for even more tasty goodness.

Did I mention that this recipe is super easy to make? You basically just steam the vegetables, then mash them with the other ingredients!

This recipe is also perfect if you happen to have guests or family members with different dietary needs. It’s naturally gluten-free and can (super) easily be made vegan.

Want more side dish inspiration? Check out my roundup of 20+ easy, healthy vegetable side dish recipes for more ideas!

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Ingredients Needed

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How To Make Mashed Potatoes With Carrots & Parsnips

Start by chopping all the vegetables into roughly 1-inch chunks. There’s no need to be too perfect here – they’ll be getting mashed, afterall!

Place the chopped carrots, parsnips, and potatoes into a large pot with a lid. Add water and bring to a boil.

Once boiling, cover, reduce heat, and let the veggies steam for about 20-25 minutes, or until you can easily pierce them with a fork.

When the veggies are cooked, drain the remaining liquid. Return the vegetables to the pot and add almond milk, butter, minced garlic, nutmeg, thyme, cinnamon, salt, and pepper.

With a potato masher, mash all ingredients together until your desired texture is achieved. The carrots, parsnips, and potatoes should be fluffy but textured. Adjust seasonings as needed!

Transfer mash to a serving bowl. Garnish with fresh cracked pepper, a drizzle of olive oil, or a sprinkling of fresh thyme (optional).

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How To Store & Reheat Leftovers

Store any leftovers of this carrot, parsnip, and potato mash in an airtight container in the fridge. It’ll keep for 3-5 days.

Leftovers can be reheated in the microwave or on the stovetop.

If you’d like to keep this recipe even longer, the mash can be frozen in a freezer safe container or heavy duty bag for 10-12 months.

Recipe Modifications & Variations

To make a vegan version of this recipe, be sure to use a dairy-free milk (I used almond) and a vegan butter instead of regular butter.

While this recipe is meant to use carrots, parsnips, and potatoes, you could always experiment with just 2 of those veggies.

For instance – carrots and potatoes, or carrots and parsnips. Just be sure to adjust the amounts of each accordingly (approx. 6 cups total chopped vegetables). You could even try using sweet potatoes, too!

If you prefer a purée to a mash, simply add all the ingredients to a high speed blender instead of mashing together by hand. A purée will be a silkier, smoother texture.

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Carrot Nutrition

Carrots are a great source of:

  • various micronutrients, such as vitamin A, K, B6, C, folate, and potassium.
    • in particular, carrots are a great source of beta-carotene, which your body converts into vitamin A. 1 cup of chopped carrots provides 428% of your daily needs!
  • antioxidants, like beta-carotene, lutein, and lycopene
  • dietary fibre, with 1 cup of chopped carrots providing almost 4 grams of fibre (about 14% of your daily needs)

Parsnip Nutrition

Parsnips are a type of tuberous root vegetable that pack in a nutritious punch:

  • dietary fibre, with 1 cup of parsnips containing 6.5 grams (26% of your daily needs)
  • vitamins C, K, E, B6, folate, and thiamine
  • minerals, like magnesium, phosphorus, and zinc
  • antioxidants, like vitamin C

Potato Nutrition

White potatoes are a great source of:

  • fibre-rich complex carbohydrates
  • minerals, like potassium, magnesium, phosphorus, zinc, iron
  • vitamin C and B-vitamins, like folate, niacin, thiamin, and riboflavin
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This carrot, parsnip, and potato mash is such an easy, healthy, and delicious vegetable side dish recipe. A nutritious and flavourful twist on classic mashed potatoes!
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Ingredients

  • 2 cups carrots, chopped into ~1-inch chunks
  • 2 cups parsnips, chopped into ~1-inch chunks
  • 2 cups white potatoes, chopped into ~1-inch chunks (I used russet)
  • 4-5 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 cup unsweetened almond milk (or other milk of choice)
  • 1 Tbsp butter (vegan if needed)
  • 1.5 tsp dried thyme
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/8 tsp nutmeg
  • Salt + pepper, to taste (be generous!)
  • Optional toppings: fresh cracked pepper, drizzle olive oil, fresh thyme or parsley

Instructions

  • Place the chopped carrots, parsnips, and potatoes into a large pot with a lid. Add about 1.5 cups of water and bring to a boil.
  • Once water is boiling, cover the pot, reduce heat, and let the veggies steam for about 20-25 minutes, or until you can easily pierce them with a fork.
  • When the veggies are cooked, drain the remaining liquid. Return the vegetables to the pot and add minced garlic, almond milk, butter, thyme, cinnamon, nutmeg, salt, and pepper.
  • With a potato masher, mash all ingredients together until your desired texture is achieved. The carrots, parsnips, and potatoes should be fluffy but textured. Adjust seasonings as needed!
  • Transfer mash to a serving bowl. Add optional garnish, if desired.

Notes

*This recipe will serve about 4-6 people as a side dish.
*Store any leftovers of this carrot, parsnip, and potato mash in an airtight container in the fridge. It’ll keep for 3-5 days. Leftovers can be reheated in the microwave or on the stovetop.
*If you’d like to keep this recipe even longer, the mash can be frozen in a freezer safe container or heavy duty bag for 10-12 months.
*To make a vegan version of this recipe, be sure to use a dairy-free milk (I used almond) and a vegan butter instead of regular butter.
*If you prefer a purée to a mash, simply add all the ingredients to a high speed blender instead of mashing together by hand. A purée will be a silkier and smoother, but less textured and fluffy.

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