For this turmeric mash recipe I wanted to create an alternative to regular mashed potatoes as well as up the health factor quite a bit, so I decided to make a cauliflower, turnip, and sweet potato mash with turmeric. Turmeric is a great little ingredient to add in to lots of different recipes. It’s an anti-inflammatory, as well as a very strong antioxidant! I love adding turmeric to my green juices and curries. It has a wonderful earthy taste to it.

To lower the fat content, I decided to roast the veggies sans oil. I added some balsamic vinegar for its nice flavor as well as add a little moisture. To top it off, I thought beautiful blood oranges would make the perfect garnish. Its bright and citrusy, a perfect complement to the warming effect that turmeric has. I hope you enjoy it!

Oil Free Turmeric Mash with Blood Oranges & Roasted Balsamic Vegetables

Ingredients for the Mash:
-1 head of cauliflower, cut into florets
-1 medium sweet potato; peeled and cubed
-1 medium turnip; peeled and cubed
-1 teaspoon of ground turmeric
-Salt and black pepper to taste
-2 teaspoons garlic powder

Ingredients for the Roasted Vegetables:
-1 red beet; peeled and sliced
-1 fennel bulb; cut in half and sliced
-½ medium red onion; sliced
-3 medium rainbow carrots; peeled and sliced
-Salt and pepper to taste
-1 teaspoon dried rosemary
-1 teaspoon dried thyme
-2-3 tablespoons balsamic vinegar

Garnish: (optional)
-1 blood orange, rind removed, and segmented
-2 teaspoons of mint, finely chopped

-Let’s first start by making the mash. Add your cauliflower, sweet potato, and turnip to a large pot, fill it with cold water, and bring to a boil.
-Preheat your oven to 375 degrees.
-To a parchment lined baking sheet, add all of your prepared veggies, toss with salt and pepper, rosemary, thyme, and balsamic vinegar.
-Put in the oven to roast for about 20-25 minutes, tossing them half way during cooking time.
-Once your cauliflower, potato, and turnip are cooked through and tender, drain, and transfer to a food processor, or alternately a blender. Process until completely smooth. Add your turmeric, salt, black pepper, and garlic powder.
-Process again until completely combined. Adjust seasoning to your preference.
-Once veggies are browned and cooked through, take them out of the oven. Dish your turmeric mash, top with roasted veggies, blood orange segments, and mint.
-Serve warm!

What I love about this dish, and cooking in general, is the amount of variations you can make with this! You can easily make the mash just cauliflower, or sweet potato. You can switch up the veggies for different ones if you prefer! The options are endless!

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Katie Gonzalez is the author of The Informed Mom, a wellness education site with a focus on natural living, essential oils, and health focused recipes.

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