MASH: The Perfect Side Dish!

Looking for a side dish that won't fill you up too much? Looking to add move veggies to your daily diet? Loves mashed potatoes?! This is my go-to side dish when I am looking for something light, creamy and fluffy... but also savory and comforting! 

So here is my recipe for CLEAN and delicious vegetable mash. ANYONE can make this.

Ingredients for 4 servings

  • Root Vegetables - I used:
    • 3 large parsnips
    • 3 medium sized turnips
    • 1 large Rutebega
  • 1 small head of cauliflower
  • 1/2 cup of organic butter (unsalted) or ghee
  • 1/2 cup of organic heavy cream (coconut milk as a substitute)
  • 2 tbsp minced garlic or garlic powder to taste
  • Handful of fresh parsely
  • S + P to taste
  • Dash of Soy Sauce for added flavor


1. Stovetop: In a large pot filled half way with water. Heat on high and prepare the water to boil.

2. Trim and cut your vegetables into 2-3 inch sizes. This will help them all fit in the same pot as well as your blender or food processor later. While water is warm but not boiling hot, you may add the vegetables that will take the longest to cook. I.e. potato and turnips. After about 3 minutes add the remaining vegetables including the cauliflower.

3. Let boil for another 15 minutes or until you can comfortably stick a fork through your vegetables. The potato is really an optional vegetable if you are trying to stay away from high starches. But it is a great way to tell if your vegetables are ready!

3. Drain off most of the water. I saved about 8oz of the water to help start the blending process with ease. Let cool for another 5 minutes.

4. Carefully place your boiled veggies into a blender/food processor. I had The Ninja Professional Blender and it is AMAZING. Also, ADD your ghee, garlic, S+P and almond milk. Pulse and blend until smooth. 

5. Add finely chopped parsley and soy sauce and more S+P if needed.

ALL DONE! I love to have this as a side of steak. It is great for fall and a nice side with turkey and cranberries as well. Or my favorite is imitating those (super unhealthy) bowls you see at Chipotle or Boston Market (I know this, yes)- You can put your mash in a bowl, add corn, more veggies (roasted brussel sprouts?!) and diced up chicken breasts and a little bit of hot sauce. YUM. How about some ground turkey meat from the taco dinner the night before? HELL YES.

So fresh so clean. MMMMM. I want to eat all of it ... NOW!!

Let me know if you have any questions, have tried this recipe.. or whatever.

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Bea Del Rosario

For those of you who do not know me, my name is Bea, a lifestyle blogger currently living in San Francisco. But to be clear, I am a New Yorker. ;) I am obsessed with living a healthy lifestyle through working out, eating well and living a purpose-driven life. The crazy part? I wasn’t always this way and it took me many years to get as focused as I am now which is why I love to share all the details of my “Get Fit, Get Fancy lifestyle” with you as it is still and will always be, a journey for me. In addition to living a healthy lifestyle through fitness and healthy eating habits (and indulgences), I strongly believe that being “healthy” included WHO you surround yourself with, WHERE you are and WHAT makes you shine bright each day. Follow me on my journey to unlimited happiness!