Skip the russets this year and mash up turnips, plantains and sweet potatoes instead with these 13 ideas for mashed potato alternatives.
Everyone loves a heaping mound of buttery mashed potatoes at the holiday table. Unfortunately, since white potatoes belong to the nightshade family, nightshades can be a constant source of irritation to your body – especially if you suffer from autoimmune disease.
Luckily for us, potatoes are only one of many root vegetables, and not even the tastiest! From cauliflower to sweet potatoes, there’s plenty of nourishing veggies for you to boil up and get to mashing.
Even if your guests are not following a Paleo diet, these creamy dishes will satisfy their taste buds and bring hearty goodness to any feast.
Mashed Sweet Potatoes with Maple Ghee and Pecans
Creamy mashed sweet potatoes with buttery maple ghee and crunchy pecans make for an elegant side dish.
Recipe: PaleoHacks | Mashed Sweet Potatoes with Maple Ghee and Pecans
Roasted Garlic Mashed Turnips
A totally underrated root vegetable, turnips are a great source of antioxidants and dietary fiber. Enrich your Thanksgiving feast this year with this tasty garlic mash.
Recipe: Nourished NY | Roasted Garlic Mashed Turnips
Garlic Mashed Parsnips
Closely related to carrots and parsley, the parsnip is the perfect grain-free starch to complement your holiday meal.
Recipe: Paleoaholic | Garlic Mashed Parsnips
Bacon Thyme Mashed Cauliflower
Cauliflower is a fantastic sub for more than just rice! Add a little bacon and herbs, and you have something truly swoon worthy.
Recipe: Tastes of Lizzy T | Bacon Thyme Mashed Cauliflower
Loaded Holiday Parsnip Mash
This loaded parsnip dish features bacon, green onion, and caramelized white onions. We daresay you’ll forget white potatoes completely!
Recipe: Unbound Wellness | Loaded Holiday Parsnip Mash
For something a little sweeter than cauliflower, try simple and buttery mashed rutabaga.
Recipe: Paleo Porn | Mashed Rutabaga
Mashed Garlic Cauliflower
This dish is a tastier, healthier version of your standard garlic mashed potatoes.
Recipe: PaleoHacks Mashed Garlc Cauliflower
Cinnamon Honey Mashed Carrots
How can anyone resist the combination of honey and cinnamon? These mashed carrots are practically a dessert.
Recipe: Kayla Chandler | Cinnamon Honey Mashed Carrots
Carrots and Rutabaga Mash
Why settle for carrot mash or rutabaga mash when you can combine the two?
Recipe: PaleoLeap | Carrots and Rutabaga Mash
Pesto Cauliflower Mash
If you want something a little different for your holiday dinner, or you’re looking for a side to complement a nice fish dish, this mashed cauliflower pesto is for you.
Recipe: Living Loving Paleo | Pesto Cauliflower Mash
Mashed Butternut Squash
The starchy texture of butternut squash makes it the ideal mashed potato substitute. Try this if you’re sick of sweet potatoes!
Recipe: Healy Eats Real | Mashed Butternut Squash
Plantains have an excellent consistency for mashing! And more adult than the mashed bananas you probably ate as a toddler, especially combined with cinnamon.
Recipe: PaleoPorn | Mashed Plantains
Mashed Malanga, Taro, or Yuca
If you’re feeling more adventurous, try mashed malanga, taro, or yuca for a totally unique side that will certainly impress your whole family.
Recipe: The Curious Coconut | Mashed Malanga, Taro, or Yuca
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