Mashed Potatoes & Turnips with Leeks

Classic mashed potatoes get a healthy twist when you add turnips, a cruciferous vegetable that's rich in vitamin C. Turnips provide a touch of sweetness, while a savory leek topping completes this simple, easy side dish.

Mashed Potatoes & Turnips with Leeks
Photo: Ali Redmond
Active Time:
10 mins
Total Time:
40 mins


  • 4 medium potatoes (about 21 ounces total), scrubbed and cubed

  • 3 medium turnips (about 12 ounces total), peeled and cubed

  • 1 ½ teaspoons extra-virgin olive oil

  • 1 leek, thinly sliced and well rinsed

  • ¼ teaspoon reduced-sodium soy sauce

  • 2 ounces cream cheese

  • ½ teaspoon salt


  1. Bring a large pot of water to a boil; add potatoes and turnips. Adjust heat to maintain a lively simmer; cook until soft and tender, 25 to 30 minutes.

  2. Meanwhile, heat oil in a small skillet over medium heat. Add leek and soy sauce; cook, stirring frequently, until fragrant and tender, 3 to 4 minutes.

  3. Drain the vegetables and transfer to a large bowl. Add cream cheese and salt; mash until creamy and smooth. Top with the leeks.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

143 Calories
5g Fat
23g Carbs
3g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 6
Serving Size about 3/4 cup
Calories 143
% Daily Value *
Total Carbohydrate 23g 8%
Dietary Fiber 3g 11%
Total Sugars 3g
Protein 3g 6%
Total Fat 5g 6%
Saturated Fat 2g 10%
Cholesterol 10mg 3%
Vitamin A 230IU 5%
Vitamin C 19mg 21%
Vitamin E 1mg 4%
Folate 28mcg 7%
Vitamin K 6mcg 5%
Sodium 280mg 12%
Calcium 44mg 3%
Iron 1mg 6%
Magnesium 32mg 8%
Potassium 549mg 12%
Zinc 1mg 9%

Nutrition information is calculated by a registered dietitian using an ingredient database but should be considered an estimate.

* Daily Values (DVs) are the recommended amounts of nutrients to consume each day. Percent Daily Value (%DV) found on nutrition labels tells you how much a serving of a particular food or recipe contributes to each of those total recommended amounts. Per the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), the daily value is based on a standard 2,000 calorie diet. Depending on your calorie needs or if you have a health condition, you may need more or less of particular nutrients. (For example, it’s recommended that people following a heart-healthy diet eat less sodium on a daily basis compared to those following a standard diet.)

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a special diet for medical reasons, be sure to consult with your primary care provider or a registered dietitian to better understand your personal nutrition needs.

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