Mashed potatoes are a classic comfort food that you can expect on a Thanksgiving table. But if you follow the keto diet, you know that one of the first things to digest – yes, even sweet potatoes. (P.S. Have you ever tried purple sweet potatoes?) Because of their high starch content they are loaded with carbohydrates. It is not an option to pile a big hill with gravy on your plate. Do not be sad. There is a delicious way around this "problem": Beet puree!
Beets are also root vegetables, so they have the density and consistency you would want in a purée side – but with far fewer carbohydrates than pure, raw Russet potatoes. In fact, one serving of these herby, bacon-y mashed beets has just 8 grams of carbohydrates, giving you plenty of room before you reach your keto-carb tipping point. (Fact: Healthy, but high-carbohydrate foods you may not have on the keto diet)
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Herbed mashed turnip
Serves 8 servings
Serving Size: 1
- 2 1/2 pounds of turnips, peeled and cut into 1-inch cubes (6 1/2) cups)
- 1 5.2-ounce pack of garlic and herbal fine gournay cheese (like Boursin)  1/4 cup of cream
- Himalayan salt and black pepper
- 1/4 cup, cooked, crumbled bacon (about 3 slices)
- 2 tablespoons thinly sliced spring onions
- Beets Place in a 4- to 6-quart pot and cover with at least 1 inch of water. Bring to a boil, reduce heat. Cover and simmer for 20 minutes or until turnip is very tender; Drain.
- Return to the pot. Use potato masher to mix beets to the desired consistency.
- In a small pan, heat the cheese and cream over low heat until the cheese is melted and smooth. Pour the cheese mixture over the beets; stir to combine. Season with Himalayan salt and black pepper.
- Place in a serving bowl. Top with bacon and spring onions.
Nutrition information (per serving): 146 calories, 1 g total fat (7 g saturated fat), 30 mg cholesterol, 381 mg sodium, 8 g carbohydrates, 2 g fiber, 4 g sugar, 3 g protein