Mashed Parsnips Potatoes and Chives


You Have To Try This Amazing Side-Dish!

Did you know that parsnips were a staple food in Europe until potatoes were introduced by Americans in the late nineteenth century?

Parsnips are lower in calories and have a higher content of fiber and folic acid than potatoes, while potatoes contain around fifty percent more protein and Vitamin C than parsnips. Also,  both parsnips and potatoes are good sources of a number of B vitamins, so this dish is a double whammy of energy! Not only is this a great nutritional marriage; but also a tasty one!

Substitute this for traditional mashed potatoes and let us know what you think!

Prep time:  15 minutes, Cook time:  30 minutes


  • 1 1/2 pounds parsnips
  • 1 1/2 pounds potato (Yukon gold work well)
  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • 1/3 cup milk (both dairy and nut milk work fine)
  • 1 tablespoon fresh chopped parsley
  • 1 tablespoon fresh chopped chives
  • 1/2 teaspoon sea salt plus 2 teaspoons sea salt added to boiling water
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper


1.  Peel potatoes and parsnips. Cut parsnips into 1/2 inch chunks and potatoes into 1 1/2 inch chunks.

2.  Boil potatoes and parsnips in water with 2 teaspoons salt. Once boiling, turn heat down to simmer, cover and cook for 10 to 15 minutes or until a fork can easily pierce the pieces.  Drain, rinse and return to warm saucepan.

3.  Mash the potatoes and parsnips in the saucepan.  Add butter and salt and continue mashing.  A hand blender can also be used for a smoother texture.

4.  Stir in parsley, chives and salt and pepper to taste.

Serves 4.

Enjoy! and remember always organic for optimal health!


Susan Hartman

Susan is a lawyer, Pilates instructor and passionate advocate of natural wellness. In 2006 she began exploring various nutritional and movement therapies, meditation and other alternative means of healing in an attempt to naturally relieve hormonal imbalances, eczema and back and joint pain. After much research and trial and error, she found a personal regimen that not only alleviated her symptoms, but that also left her with a new found sense of overall health and wellness. During this period of exploration, she was introduced to Pilates and was surprised by how quickly she began to feel and see positive results in her body. She loves how Pilates emphasizes body awareness and the connection of breath to movement, and she believes it can bring about lifelong health benefits including stress relief and improved strength, flexibility, balance and coordination.

Today Susan strives to promote the importance of regular exercise, a clean whole foods diet, compassion for self and others, and a curious attitude, all as a means to maintaining vitality and living a balanced and centered life. When she is not practicing law or teaching Pilates, she can be found hiking or biking in the woods, soaking up the sun atop her paddleboard, engaged in a yoga or group fitness class, or immersed in a book or classic movie.