Celery Root (Celeriac) Purée

…instead of mashed potato? Two thumbs up!! I was just introduced to celeriac as I helped harvest my son’s garden. It is a root vegetable with beautiful dark green foliage (that makes a flavourful addition to salads soups stocks and stews). It was super easy to grow and naturally pest resistant. Celery root’s swollen, knobby external appearance often scares people off. But, once peeled, it is a nutritious healthy vegetable with more natural flavour than most root vegetables. We can substitute celeriac wherever we would use potatoes. In addition to supplying a delightful and novel taste, this root vegetable provides more nutrients and two-thirds less calories than the traditional spud.

One cup of Celeriac (cooked) has only 42 calories per cup (155 g), no fat and 2 grams of fibre. It is also a good source of calcium and potassium. If you are on a sodium restricted diet, however, beware. A one cup portion of this vegetable raw or cooked has around 100mg of sodium.

Approximately 4 servings:

1 large celeriac, peeled and cut into chunks

1-3 tbsp lemon juice, to taste

1/3 cup *cashew cream (or milk or heavy whipping cream)

2 tbsp butter

1 pinch cayenne pepper, or to taste

sea salt to taste

Place celeriac and 1tablespoon of lemon juice in a large pot and cover with water. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat to medium low and simmer until tender 15 to 20 minutes. Drain.

Blend celery root, cream, and butter in a blender until smooth. Push purée into a bowl through a fine mesh strainer with a wooden spoon or spatula until the purée is completely smooth. Add some or all of remaining lemon juice, Cayenne pepper and kosher salt to taste.

*Cashew cream is easily made at home. In the fridge, soak 3 cups of unsalted cashews in water (just covering the nuts, about 2 cups) for about 15 hours. Pour the cashews and soaking water into a high-speed blender. Add (up to) 8 cups of water. Blend on high until smooth. For a thicker cream use less water to blend

Nutrition (using cashew cream): Calories 111; Protein 1.8g; Carbs 7.7g; Fat 8g

Lisa Goddard, BA, BScOT, Certified Pilates Mat & Reformer Instructor-Owner, HWL (Healthy Eating Weight Loss) Coach, Certified Yamuna Practitioner (Body Rolling)



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