Over the Holidays I made mashed potatoes a couples of times for family get togethers (I used red, New Potatoes…my favorite variety). And so my kids have been asking for mashed potatoes quite often since. As much I do really loves potatoes, I know they are not the healthiest choice. Perhaps the most important thing to understand about potatoes is that they are a nightshade, and thus contain alkaloids which can impact nerve-muscle function and digestive function. Now I can attest to this first hand. Potatoes do not agree with me (for me, they cause digestive disruption and seem to exacerbate inflammation). If you follow the SCD, GAPS, or Paleo diet, you know that potatoes are not allowed. If you’re interested, you can read more about nightshades here. So I use celery root A LOT as a sub for potatoes. A while back I made Jill’s celery root fries, and LOVED them. And I’ve graduated to using celery root to replace mashed potatoes. And I have to say, it’s a very tasty alternative. One thing you will notice is celery root has a creamy, velvety texture. I just love this. Not as starchy as potatoes. So do my kids love celery root mash as much as mashed potatoes? My son loves it, but by daughter would rather have the massed taters (but my kids don’t get a choice, if they are not allergic to it, they have to eat it). I usually make roasted celery root mash with chicken and a lovely dairy free lemon garlic gravy, so it all works really well together and I get few objections. I highly recommend roasting the celery root as a way to impart a deep, rich favor in the dish. Enjoy!