Reduced-carbohydrate diets like Atkins, The Zone Diet and South Beach call for creativity when you are putting together a meal for the typical American family. For example, there are many suitable alternatives to mashed potatoes. It just takes getting familiar with a few vegetables you might otherwise overlook in the produce isle.
Steamed cauliflower can be pureed in a food processor with ingredients like cream, butter or just milk to create a smooth dish that looks remarkably like mashed potatoes and taste comparable.
Parsnips can be peeled, cut and boiled, then cooked similarly to mashed potatoes to create a delicious dish. The parsnip is a relative of the carrot and is sweeter than a potato.
Turnips can be cut and peeled and cooked in a milk and spice mixture, then mixed, mashed, whipped or pureed just like potatoes. Parsnips have a bite similar to cabbage or radishes.
Celery root, also known as celeriac, makes a good alternative when cooked in milk and mixed with an ample amount of butter. It has a delicate celery flavor and is hard to discern from a potato in a recipe. The downside is it takes more time to cut and clean than a potato.
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