Mashed Carrots and Parsnips in a Gray Bowl.

Mashed Carrots and Parsnips

  • Author: Katie Webster
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 18 minutes
  • Total Time: 30 minutes
  • Yield: 3 cups 1x
  • Category: Side Dish
  • Method: Stove-top
  • Cuisine: Irish


Mashed Carrots and Parsnips, a healthy paleo version of a traditional Irish side dish. This version is dairy-free and also has the addition of orange in it!



4 large carrots, peeled and cut into 1-inch long chunks (about 3 cups)

4 large parsnips, peeled and cut into 1-inch chunks (about 3 cups)

2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil

1 ½ teaspoons orange zest and 1 tablespoon freshly squeezed orange juice

½ teaspoon salt

¼ teaspoon pepper or white pepper

Pinch nutmeg

Freshly chopped dill and carrot tops for garnish, optional


  1. Bring water to a boil in a large saucepan fitted with a steamer basket.
  2. Add carrots and parsnips to the steamer basket, cover and let steam until the vegetables are completely tender, about 18 minutes (test by pressing a fork into the parsnip and carrots- it should slide in and come out easily.)
  3. Remove the basket from the pan and slide the carrots and parsnips into a food processor fitted with the steel blade attachment. Add in oil, orange zest and juice, salt, pepper and nutmeg. Process, scraping sides as necessary until it reaches a creamy texture. Serve hot sprinkled with dill and carrot top.


  • Serving Size: 1/2 cup
  • Calories: 95
  • Fat: 5
  • Saturated Fat: 1
  • Carbohydrates: 13
  • Fiber: 4
  • Protein: 1