Parsnip Puree Recipe – A Tasty Alternative To Mashed Potatoes!

Sweet and nutty with a creamy texture parsnip pureé makes a terrific easy weeknight side to go with roast pork, beef or turkey. Sometimes it is nice to try new things.  As a kid I would turn my nose up at the thought of eating parsnips, but this Parsnip Puree recipe is now one of my mine and my husband’s favourite side dishes!

Pureed parsnips in a grey bowl on a grey napkin

Parsnip Recipe Inspiration… a story of fine dining!

My husband and I visited this restaurant last summer called The Lake House Restaurant that we always wanted to go to but never found the time and I fell in love with pureéd parsnips.  I was excited to see they had Boneless Beef Short Rib on their menu but then I saw it… with parsnips!  A tiny bit of me died but I wanted the Short Rib so bad with a nice glass of red wine that decided to give it a chance.

I was in heaven!  Very very much to my surprise!

Turns out parsnips are delicious!  Sweet, creamy with a bit of nuttiness to them.  I was on a mission to try and make this at home.  I am certain that they must make this recipe differently so if you are in the Niagara Ontario area I highly recommend visiting The Lake House.  But I think the recipe below is just as delicious.

Close up of a bowl of pureed parsnips

Are Pureed Parsnips Good For You?

The answer is yes and no.  Parsnips are considered a carbohydrate or starchy vegetable much like potatoes.   They are sweet and a sister to the carrot which also has a sweeter taste than most green vegetables.   It is the things that you add to the parsnip puree that might shift parsnips from the good column to the poor choice column.  Too much butter and you almost have a dessert on your hands!

Parsnips are packed with vitamins and minerals like vitamin C, K, B6 , folate and magnesium.  Check out this article from Healthline that will break down the full range of parsnip health benefits.

According to the sugar scale parsnips are a bit on the high side.  If you are following the keto diet these would not be a good veggie choice,  However if you are following the 21 Day Fix meal plan consider this recipes one yellow and 1 tsp to account for the butter and milk.

Pureéd Parsnip Recipe

Parsnip Puree
Prep Time
15 mins
Cook Time
20 mins
Total Time
35 mins
 

Sweet, creamy with a bit of nuttiness.  Parsnip Puree is and easy side dish that goes perfect with roast turkey, pork and beef.

Course: Dinner
Cuisine: American
Keyword: 21 Day Fix, Healthy Side Dish, Parsnip Puree, Parsnips
Servings: 6 servings
Calories: 166 kcal
Ingredients
  • 2 lbs parsnips peeled and cubed
  • 3/4 cup whole milk
  • 2 tbsp butter melted
  • 1/2 tsp sea salt
  • 1/4 tsp black pepper
Instructions
  1. Peel parsnips, trim and cube parsnips.

  2. Place in a boiling pot of salted water (about 2 tsp of salt for a large pot of water).  Boil until softened.  Remove from heat and carefully drain water when soft.

  3. Add parsnips to a blender and add milk, butter, salt and pepper.

  4. Blend until smooth.  Serve immediately.

Recipe Notes

If following the 21 Day Fix Meal Plan - 1 serving is one yellow and 1 tsp

Nutrition Facts
Parsnip Puree
Amount Per Serving (0.5 cup)
Calories 166 Calories from Fat 45
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 5g 8%
Saturated Fat 3g 15%
Trans Fat 0.2g
Polyunsaturated Fat 0.3g
Monounsaturated Fat 1.4g
Cholesterol 13mg 4%
Sodium 252mg 11%
Potassium 610mg 17%
Total Carbohydrates 29g 10%
Dietary Fiber 7.4g 30%
Sugars 8.8g
Protein 3g 6%
Vitamin A 7%
Vitamin C 34%
Calcium 9%
Iron 5%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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