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Hide the veggies and the salad on the dinner plate without your kids every knowing it’s there!

This puree is perfect for upping the nutrient levels for our kid’s dinner. They will assume the puree is extra creamy mashed potatoes and will gobble them right up! Also, by combining the puree with thinly sliced kale, they won’t be able to fight you on eating salad! I learned this trick when I was living in The Netherlands, where they cut up and mix everything on the children’s plates together so they can’t pick anything out that they “don’t like”; it’s genius. This is a real winner. Enjoy!

Parsnip & Turnip Puree w/ Dino Kale

Time: 30 mins Serves: 4 

-1lb parsnips, peeled and diced

-2 medium turnips, peeled and diced

-1/2 cup of heavy cream

-4 garlic cloves, peeled and smashed

-1 rosemary sprig, whole

-2 tbls unsalted butter

-salt & pepper

-1/2 tsp red pepper flakes

-1/4 cup grated parmesan cheese

-1 cup of dino kale, thinly sliced

-1 tbls chives, thinly sliced

-1/2 tbls olive oil


Place diced parsnips and turnips into a medium saucepot, cover with water, salt generously, and bring to a boil. Simmer the veggies until they are very tender when pricked with a fork. About 10-15 minutes.


Meanwhile, in a small saucepot, combine the heavy cream, butter, garlic, red pepper flakes, rosemary sprig, and a sprinkle of salt and pepper. Bring the cream mixture to heat over medium-low.


Drain the veggies, and then return them to the saucepot immediately. Allow some of the excess water to evaporate.

With a hand blender, or you can transfer the veggies to a stand blender or food processor, begin to puree the veggies.   Slowly adding the cream mixture as needed. Puree until the mixture is completely smooth.


Add in the parmesan cheese and dino kale. Mix over low heat until everything is well combined, and the kale has gotten a chance to wilt slightly. About 5 minutes.


Taste for any additional salt and pepper needed.

Lastly, drizzle in the small bit of olive oil.

Enjoy with chicken, steak, or pork! Just substitute for mashed potatoes! The kids won’t even know 😉


*****Parsnips, Turnips, and Kale are all from my CSA box from Johnson’s Backyard Garden.