Gingered Carrot-Parsnip Puree

Who needs mashed potatoes? This fun alternative will satisfy your craving — and it's much healthier, too!
Gingered Carrot-Parsnip Puree
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  • 8Servings


  • 1 pound carrots, peeled and thinly sliced
  • 1 pound parsnips, peeled and thinly sliced
  • 3 slices (1/4 inch thick) peeled fresh ginger
  • 2 tablespoons light brown sugar
  • 2 tablespoons rice
  • Salt
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • Chopped chives, for garnish


In a large saucepan, combine the carrots, parsnips, ginger, brown sugar, rice and 1/4 tsp. salt. Add enough water to cover by 2 inches and bring to a boil. Lower the heat, cover and simmer until the vegetables are tender, about 30 minutes.

Drain the vegetables, reserving 1 cup of the cooking liquid. In a blender, in batches if necessary, puree the vegetables with 1/2 cup cooking liquid. Add the butter and 1 tsp. salt; add more cooking liquid for a thinner puree. Transfer to a serving dish and top with the chives.