EcoFood: Veg Mash

by EcoStreet on June 2, 2009

in EcoFood


“What I say is that, if a fellow really likes potatoes, he must be a pretty decent sort of fellow.” – AA Milne

Mashed potato is my absolute number one comfort food. It really sticks to your ribs, makes you feel full and warm and is perfect for cold winter days. I like my mash with butter melting in a pool on top, or drowned in gravy (vegetarian or otherwise). Unfortunately potatoes don’t count as one of the 5 portions of vegetables that we’re meant to be eating every day for the sake of our health, but there is a way round that.

Make your mash the way you like it, skin-off or skin-on, with milk and butter or with olive oil, lumpy or smooth. Then try one of these delicious variations to get at least one of your five-a-day into the mix.

Broccoli Mash
Steam or boil and mash some broccoli (with some butter if you like) and swirl that into your mashed potato.

Carrot Mash
Steam or boil and mash some carrots and mix into your mashed potato with a dollop of wholegrain mustard.

Mixed Root-veg Mash
A combination of any root vegetables that you can get your hands on, including (but not limited to) sweet potato, swede (rutabaga), parsnip or carrot. Roast, steam or boil and mash these with your potatoes for a delicious mash.

Pink Mash
Boil and puree some beetroot and add to your mashed potato.

Any of the above is also great with a sprinkling of pecorino or parmesan cheese.

More delicious vegetarian food next week. Stay tuned.

Photo credit: rachel is coconut&lime


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green office June 2, 2009 at 2:39 pm

Now, I’m hungry!
One of the best discoveries I made after going veggie was finding out that Delia Smith has a great veggie gravy recipe involving baked onions – tastes fantastic, especially with veggie sausages and mash… now, I wish it wasn’t so sunny outside!


[email protected] Frugal Girl June 3, 2009 at 1:45 am

Oh wow, that looks like watermelon sherbet! lol My kids would probably enjoy that.

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Kate June 4, 2009 at 8:32 pm

I was thinking the same thing as Kristen at first. I love this idea though. I never thought to mash vegetables with potatoes. I am definitely trying this!

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Joe June 23, 2009 at 3:53 pm

Nice idea. It was vegetarian until you sprinkled the cheese, as hard cheeses’s typically have anaimal rennet.


Tracy Stokes June 24, 2009 at 8:56 am

Thanks Joe. Fortunately here in South Africa it’s easy to get hard cheese made with non-animal rennet.


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