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Thanksgiving: Turnip Mash, Rice Dressing, Fall Salad

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Thanksgiving: Turnip Mash, Rice Dressing, Fall Salad

A day to give thanks: Here in America, where the nation prepares to celebrate its 124th official Thanksgiving Day, all of us at the Institute of HeartMath would like to wish you and your families a happy Thanksgiving!

Giving gratitude and thanks while cooking will add joy to your Thanksgiving dinner!

In my next week’s Nourishing the Heart column, I will talk about how the Institute of HeartMath Feeds Food for Thought with Science of Thanksgiving Gratitude.


This original vegetarian recipe came from HeartMath LLC’s Vice President, Howard Martin, who grew up in the South. It has the texture of mashed potatoes and is a delicious way to eat turnips.


12 medium turnips, cut into large chunks

Water for boiling turnips

1 stick (1/4 lb.) butter

3 tablespoons confectioner’s sugar or sugar of choice

2 teaspoons sea salt

Dash of black pepper

  1. Place turnips in 2.5 quart pot and cover with water. Bring to a boil, lower heat and continue at medium boil uncovered for 20-30 minutes, or until softened through when poked with a fork.
  2. Drain well. In mixer bowl, combine turnips, butter, sugar, salt and pepper. Mash all together with potato masher or mixer, keeping some small chunks of turnip in the mash for texture.

Serves 4-6

Cooking time: 45 minutes

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Sara Childre is President and CEO of the non-profit Institute of HeartMath. Since 1991, Sara has helped oversee and develop HeartMath trainings, educational products and scientific programs. She was appointed vice president and CFO of the institute in 1992, then president and CEO in 1998.


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3:59PM PST on Nov 22, 2011

I usually put turnips in stews or add to mashed potatoes, goooood. No sugar.

3:58PM PST on Nov 22, 2011

I usually put turnips in stews or add to mashed potatoes, goooood. No sugar.

4:23AM PST on Nov 17, 2011

Thanks so much for these great recipes...

9:41PM PST on Nov 13, 2011

Sounds great, thanks!

2:27PM PST on Nov 13, 2011

Thanks Sara, the Fall salad sound wonderful!!

10:10AM PST on Nov 13, 2011

Turnip Mash, leave out the butter and sugar, you can use some water you boiled the turnips in to replace the butter.
Festive Fall Salad, leave out the Feta Cheese and use 1 tablespoon of honey instead of sugar.

9:44AM PST on Nov 13, 2011

Turnips are sweet on their own, I would not add the sugar; I make a mashed potato with turnips and top with feta cheese...yum.

5:24AM PST on Nov 13, 2011

You'd put sugar in turnips?? Really? Why?

5:12AM PST on Nov 13, 2011

I love turnip and carrot mash!

4:43AM PST on Nov 13, 2011

The salad looks and sounds awesome....

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