Good ole celeriac, aka celery root. It’s the ugly duckling of the vegetable world. Its weird looking exterior makes people pass right by it in the grocery store. A lot of people have no clue how to prepare a celery root. Luckily, a few years ago I decided to try celery root for the first time and I was so glad I did. Lately, I’ve been on a journey to get rid of SIBO (Small Intestinal Bacterial Overgrowth). While working with a Naturopath Doctor I been using herbs along with a SCD (Specific Carbohydrate Diet) + Low FODMAP diet to help get rid of SIBO and keep it away. Usually my go to mash potato substitute is cauliflower. Unfortunately cauliflower is a high FODMAP vegetable and usually causes me a lot of bloating. Now I turn to mashed celery root as my go to mash potato substitute. It’s both low carb and low FODMAP which is a great combo for me as I’m healing.
How to Prep a Celery Root
So how do you prepare a celery root? I made this video to show exactly how I handle a celery root in preparation for making a mash.
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- 2 lbs. celery root
- 1/4 cup coconut oil, ghee, or butter
- Sea salt and black pepper, to taste
- Bring a pot of water to a boil.
- Peel and cut the celery root into 1" pieces.
- Salt the water and then add the celery root pieces.
- Allow the celery root to cook for about 10-15 minutes or until the celery root is fork tender.
- Strain the water from the celery root.
- Add the coconut oil/butter/ghee, salt, and black pepper and mash the celery root with an immersion blender until smooth.
- Taste and adjust the seasonings as necessary. Serve as a side dish.
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