Holiday Mash-Ups

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What’s not to love about mashed potatoes? They’re creamy, buttery and have been a holiday staple for as long as you can remember. However, they’re usually loaded with milk and butter, making this seasonal favorite not so diet-friendly. If you’re trying to save a few calories, these three mashed options make a great addition to your plate. Go ahead and help yourself to seconds, or even thirds!

Carrot parsnip mash, white bean basil pesto mash and butternut squash and sage

Parsnip and Carrot Mash:


  • 1/2 lb. Parsnips, peeled
  • 2–3 med. Carrots, peeled
  • 2 Tbsp. Olive oil
  • 4 Tbsp. Fresh thyme
  • Salt and pepper, to taste


  1. Bring a large pot of water to boil over medium-high heat. Dice the parsnips and carrots and add to the boiling water. Boil for 15 minutes, or until tender.
  2. Drain the parsnips and carrots and place in a food processor along with the olive oil, fresh thyme leaves, salt and pepper.
  3. Pulse until desired texture. Enjoy!

Butternut Squash and Sage Mash:


  • 1 lb. Butternut squash, cubed
  • 2–3 cloves Garlic
  • 1/3 cup Fat-free sour cream
  • 3 Tbsp. Butter
  • 3/4 tsp. Garlic powder
  • 1 tsp. Sage
  • Salt and pepper, to taste


  1. Bring a large pot of water to a boil. Add cubed butternut squash to the boiling water. Boil until tender.
  2. Remove squash and place in a large bowl. Add the butter and mix with a potato masher until butter has melted. Continue mashing as you add the rest of the ingredients until texture is smooth and fluffy. Enjoy!

White Bean and Pesto Mash:


  • 2 cans White northern beans, drained
  • 1/2 cup Vegetable stock
  • 1/3 cup Parmesan, finely grated
  • 1 1/2 Tbsp. Basil pesto
  • Pepper, to taste
  • Olive oil (optional)
  1. Add the drained beans to a saucepan with the vegetable stock. Simmer over medium heat for about 5–10 minutes, or until the beans are very soft. Mash with a potato masher until desired texture.
  2. Add the Parmesan, pesto and pepper and mix until well combined.
  3. Serve with a drizzle of olive oil to keep from drying out. Enjoy!