Keto Mashed Turnips for a Low-Carb Twist On a Classic Thanksgiving
This keto Thanksgiving recipe puts a twist on classic mashed potatoes.
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
- 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.
- Return to pot. Use potato masher to mash turnips to desired consistency.
- 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.
- 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