Healthy Vegan Mashed Potatoes

Updated: May 26, 2020

Where’s the fun in cooking if we’re not experimenting with new ingredients and flavors?

This delicious vegan mashed potato is not your usual mashed potato and gravy recipe, although you could definitely add gravy if you’d like.

The secret ingredients here are celery and turmeric!

I originally made this side dish to heal my digestive system from bacteria I got after traveling. Celery and rosemary have been linked to improving digestive health, and mashed potatoes are just easy to digest when recovering from an upset stomach.

To my surprise, celery adds a unique earthy flavor that makes mashed potatoes a lot more interesting!

The turmeric also adds a deep flavor and color! Mixed and topped with rosemary, this healthy vegan mashed potato is guaranteed to be a side dish that may steal some attention. It also doesn’t include any added oils or vegan butter, making it a much healthier option. Pair it with some roasted vegetables or a stew. It's the perfect addition to the Thanksgiving table! If you're looking for something sweeter, try this delicious mashed sweet potato!


Yield: 5 servings

Prep time: 10 min.

Cooking time: 35 min.

Total time: 45 min.


5 russet potatoes

4 celery sticks

½ tsp salt

2 cloves garlic

2 tbsp rosemary

¼ tsp turmeric


1. In a pot, add water and bring to a boil. Add a pinch of salt.

2. Wash and peel the potatoes.

3. Chop the celery into small pieces.

4. Add the potatoes, celery pieces, garlic, and rosemary to the pot. Boil for 30 to 35 minutes.

5. When they’re fully cooked and tender, reserve a cup of water from the pot, transfer the vegetables to a bowl, and mash them. Pour the reserved water until the desired consistency is achieved (about ½ cup). You can use a fork, potato masher, or my personal favorite, a hand blender. It results in a smoother version.

6. Add turmeric, ½ tsp of salt (or to taste), and mix well.

7. Garnish with rosemary and thyme, and that’s it! It’s ready to serve. Pair it with roasted vegetables or a stew. Perfection on a plate!


- Store in an airtight container for up to one week.

- For a creamier version, add a splash of cashew or almond milk instead of vegetable stock. Cashew milk is slightly creamier than almond or soy milk.

- For an extra depth of flavor, add a tsp of ground cumin and a tsp of ground ginger.

Approximate cost:

$7.00. This takes into account the measurements listed in the ingredients section and for the main ingredients only. It does not include seasoning.


*Potatoes: Carbs are the main dietary component of potatoes. Those cooled down after boiling may provide some resistant starch, which can improve gut health. Potatoes also contain small amounts of high-quality protein. They are a good source of several vitamins and minerals, including potassium, folate, and vitamins C and B6.

*Celery: While its antioxidant and anti-inflammatory nutrients offer protection to the entire digestive tract, celery may offer special benefits to the stomach. It’s also rich in vitamins A, K, and C, plus minerals like potassium and folate.

*Garlic: Garlic is rich in vitamin C, vitamin B6, and manganese. It also contains trace amounts of various other nutrients. It also helps prevent and reduce the severity of common illnesses like the flu and common cold. High doses of garlic appear to improve blood pressure for those with known high blood pressure (hypertension).

*Rosemary: Rosemary is a rich source of antioxidants and anti-inflammatory compounds, which are thought to help boost the immune system and improve blood circulation. It’s often used to help treat indigestion. According to research outlined in Therapeutic Advances in Psychopharmacology, the aroma from rosemary can improve a person's concentration, performance, speed, and accuracy and, to a lesser extent, their mood.

Did you try this healthy mashed potato recipe? Let me know in the comments below and/or tag your creation on Instagram #everyhealthybite


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