As the great philosopher Samwise Gamgee once said: “*Po-tay-toes!* Boil ’em, mash ’em, stick ’em in a stew… Lovely big golden chips with a nice piece of fried fish. “

Unfortunately as dear Mr. Gollum rudely observed, Sam was not a slender hobbit. Clearly, as Tolkein demonstrated in his obviously true documentary about jewelry disposal, the abuse of starchy carbohydrates required the guy from Rudy to climb the stairs all the way to the gates of hell to try and work off his carb high.

This recipe is for those of us that don’t want to simply walk to Mordor to work off potatoes in our diet.

I saw this recipe over on Nom Nom Paleo, but made a couple of adjustments that created a week’s worth of leftovers and improved it I feel.

First I gathered:

  • 2/3 lb parsnips, peeled and coarsely chopped
  • 1 pound carrots, peeled and coarsely chopped (slightly smaller than the parsnips)
  • 1 head of cauliflower chopped into florets
  • 6ish cloves of garlic pressed (in everything I’ve cooked, I’ve never said, “this has too much garlic.” If you’re not like me and/or plan on going on a date after consuming, you should probably use 3)
  • 1 onion, coarsely chopped
  • 1 cup organic chicken stock
  • 3/4 cup water
  • 4 tablespoons butter (grass fed for Paleo purists)
  • Seasoning to taste

This one is pretty easy I’m proud to say. Here are the steps for what I am affectionately calling Mashed CPC:

  1. Chop up and prep veggies, garlic and liquids.
  2. Melt 3 tbsp butter in a pan you can cover.
  3. Throw in veggies, garlic and liquid.
  4. Bring liquid to boil, stirring periodically.
  5. Reduce heat to low and simmer for 30 minutes.
  6. Once veggies are nice and tender, use a hand (immersion) blender to purée into a mash.
  7. Add in the last of the butter, season to taste and blend again.
  8. Eat it while watching Lord of the Rings.

I absolutely loved this side dish. It was satiating as heck and made great leftovers. It may look a little like baby food but it was ridiculously amazing. Makes 8 servings and clocks in at about 123 calories, 10g carbs, and 4.5g good healthy fat :).

Here is a picture of the final product:

Next time, I’m thinking of adding green onions after cooking. It was delicious served with Parmesan cheese (not Paleo), Hot Sauce or pretty much any seasoning. I ate it the first night with a chicken and it was amazing as a quasi-Thanksgiving feast.

So give it a try next time you’ve got a hankering for mashed potatoes! Let me know what you think please :)!