creamy, mashed parsnips and sweet potatoes, surrounded by chunks of both roots
Appetizers and Sides

Sweet and Fragrant

Unlike its relative, the carrot, parsnips benefit from a long, slow cook to release their inherent sweetness. Joined with sweet potatoes, they become a fragrant side dish that is hard to turn down, while supplying some important health benefits: both vegetables are high in vitamins with good levels of potassium and complex carbohydrates. But it’s the taste that matters, and this simple combination delivers.  

Prep Instructions

  • Yield: 10 (1/2 cup) servings                              
  • Cooking Time: 25 minutes  
  • Prep Time: 5 minutes                                      
  • Total Time: 30 minutes  

Recipe Ingredients

  • 2 pounds sweet potato, peeled and cut into chunks
  • 1 1/2 cups parsnips, peeled and diced
  • 1/4 cup nonfat Greek yogurt
  • 1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground white pepper
  • a pinch nutmeg
  • 1 tablespoon parsley, chopped

Cooking Instructions

  1. Follow the prep technique next to each ingredient.  
  2. Place potatoes and parsnips in a steam basket. Cover and cook until tender, about 20 to 25 minutes. Transfer to a mixer, incorporate the rest of the ingredients and mash until soft.  
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