This keto Thanksgiving recipe puts a twist on classic mashed potatoes.

By Alyssa Sparacino

Mashed potatoes are a classic comfort food that you expect to see on a Thanksgiving table. But if you're following the keto diet, you know one of the first things to go are spuds-yep, even sweet potatoes. (P.S. Have you ever tried purple sweet potatoes?) The high starch content means they're loaded with carbs, so piling a big mound with gravy on your plate isn't really an option. Don't be sad, though. There's a delicious way around this "problem": mashed turnips!

Turnips are also a root veggie, so they have the density and consistency you're looking for in a mashed side-but with far fewer carbs than plain white russet potatoes. In fact, one serving of these herby, bacon-y mashed turnips only has 8 grams of carbs, so you'll have plenty of room left before you reach your keto carb tipping point. (Fact: Healthy But High-Carb Foods You Can't Have On the Keto Diet)

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Herbed Mashed Turnips

Makes 8 servings

Serving Size: 1/2 cup


  • 2 1/2 pounds turnips, peeled and cut into 1-inch cubes (6 1/2 cups)
  • 1 5.2-oz package garlic and fine herbs Gournay-style cheese (such as Boursin)
  • 1/4 cup heavy cream
  • Himalayan pink salt and black pepper
  • 1/4 cup cooked, crumbled bacon (about 3 slices)
  • 2 tablespoons thinly sliced green onions


  1. Place turnips in 4- to 6-quart pot and cover with at least 1 inch of water. Bring to boiling; reduce heat. Cover and simmer for 20 minutes or until turnips are very tender; drain.
  2. Return to pot. Use potato masher to mash turnips to desired consistency.
  3. Meanwhile, in small saucepan heat cheese and cream over low heat until cheese is melted and smooth. Pour cheese mixture over turnips; stir to combine. Season to taste with Himalayan pink salt and black pepper.
  4. Transfer to serving dish. Top with bacon and green onion.

Nutrition Facts (per serving): 146 calories, 1g total fat (7 g sat. fat), 30mg cholesterol., 381mg sodium, 8g carbohydrates, 2g fiber, 4g sugar, 3g protein

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