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  • 8 cups

Yuca, a starchy tropical root vegetable, takes the place of potatoes in this fresh variation on mashed potatoes, which is also studded with sautéed corn and green peas. Look for yuca, sometimes called “cassava,” in the produce section of your local grocery store. You can often find it in Latin and Asian markets.

Note: Raw yuca contains toxins which are concentrated in the skin, so always peel and cook the root before eating it.


  • ½ tsp. baking soda
  • 4 lb. yuca, peeled and cut into 1-inch pieces (12 cups)
  • 1 cup chopped onion
  • 4 cloves garlic, minced
  • ¼ tsp. ground turmeric
  • 1 cup fresh or frozen corn
  • 1 cup fresh or frozen green peas
  • 2 Tbsp. lemon juice
  • ½ tsp. sea salt
  • Freshly ground black pepper, to taste
  • 1 Tbsp. chopped fresh chives


  1. In a pot combine baking soda and 16 cups water; bring to boiling. Add yuca and cook, uncovered, about 10 minutes or until yuca is tender; drain. Transfer yuca to a large bowl and mash. Cover to keep warm.
  2. Meanwhile, in a large skillet combine onion, garlic, and turmeric. Cook over medium-low 10 minutes, stirring occasionally. Stir in the next five ingredients (through pepper). Cook 10 minutes more, stirring occasionally.
  3. Add vegetables to bowl with yuca; stir to combine. Serve warm sprinkled with chives.

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Susan Stein3 months ago
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I boiled the yuca in plain water, like potatoes, and when I drained and mashed the yuca, it was like paste. Very thick. Is that the correct consistency?

Joyce6 months ago
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Can I substitute yuca with yellow potatoes?

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Darshana Thacker Wendel is a vegan chef specializing in whole-food, plant-based cuisine. A graduate of the Natural Gourmet Institute, she is the author of the Forks Over Knives: Flavor! cookbook, recipe author for the book Forks Over Knives Family, and recipe contributor to The New York Times best-selling book The Forks Over Knives Plan. Her recipes have been published in The Prevent and Reverse Heart Disease Cookbook, Forks Over Knives magazine, and LA Yoga magazine online. Visit for more.

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