Paleo Side Dish: Turmeric Mashed Parsnips (Paleo, Whole30, AIP)

As a self proclaimed allergy friendly, health conscious chef/super-dad – I am always looking to add new side dishes to my ever revolving recipe list. This has to be one of the easiest, healthiest, and tastiest ways to serve root vegetables (along with turnip noodles)! Not only is this a Paleo side dish, but it is also fully AIP and Whole30 compliant.

What are those “white carrots” that you see in the grocery story or at farmers markets? Parsnips! Parsnips are an excellent source of dietary fiber, vitamins, minerals, and potassium.  Parsnips are delicious roasted – but even better mashed. With turmeric added, it becomes a wonderful anti-inflammatory side dish. Mashed parsnips are a GREAT alternative to traditional mashed potatoes and to be honest, they taste even better! I brought my infamous bacon mashed parsnips to the last family gathering and they went faster than traditional mashed potatoes.

Paleo mashed parsnips


  • 6-7 parsnips (local or organic preferred)
  • 1 tablespoon of turmeric
  • 1 tablespoon of garlic powder
  • 2 teaspoons of sea salt
  • 1 teaspoon of black pepper
  • 4 tablespoons of olive oil
  • Optional – organic or local bacon 


Wash parsnips and cut into chunks. You should be able to cut more than one at a time. Once all of the parsnips are cut up, place them into a sauce pan with 1/2 inch of water. Cover the pan and steam the parsnips until they are soft. This should take about 10 minutes once the water boils.

Here’s where it gets easy. Take the boiled parsnips and put them into a blender. I use my Ninja religiously (from this type of side dish to morning smoothies). Add turmeric, garlic, salt, pepper, and olive oil. Blend for 60 seconds. Remove blender cap and move around the solids that stick to the side. Continue to blend for another 30 seconds.

From here you should have the PERFECT creamy mashed parsnips that are ready to serve.

Pictured above are Paleo mashed parsnips with local pork chops and local apples. 

Serving suggestion: 

Think of any dish you’ve ever served mashed potatoes with in a previous life and replace with these parsnips. Extremely hearty and go great with red meat – but also have the right flavor to accompany pork or chicken. Add a side of greens to your parsnips and meat and you’ll have quite the home cooked meals.

As always, another one to overeat. Enjoy.


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