Apple, Celery & Fennel Mashed Potatoes

Based on When Good Fruit Goes Bad
by Vernon D. Gibbs II

This twist on a classic side dish (mashed potatoes) is inspired by the new children’s book When Good Fruit Goes Bad by Vernon D. Gibbs II. This tongue in cheek tale teaches children not to judge a fruit (and we can even make a parallel here to a person) by their appearance. When Hank – the local fruit vendor – tosses a bruised apple into the trash bin, the apple leads a produce revolution. As author and illustrator Vernon puts it, “Despite some bumps and bruises that might keep you from looking and feeling ‘perfect,’ you have value!”  

Nutrition Nibble:

Bruised apples and wilted celery find new life in this mashed potato mix up!

Makes: 5 cups
Contains: Milk
Diet Type: Gluten Free

Challenge Level: Piece of Cake
Active Time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour


  • 3 potatoes, peeled and roughly chopped
  • 1 bulb fresh fennel, chopped
  • 60 grams unsalted butter
  • 2½ celery stems, washed, peeled and trimmed of leaves
  • 1 apple, peeled and chopped
  • ½ cup 100% apple juice (amount of juice depends on the size of your potatoes)
  • 3 tablespoons plain Greek yogurt

Kids Can

  • Wash celery, apple, fennel
  • Scrub potatoes
  • Scoop yogurt
  • Mash potatoes into a puree

Watch Out For

  • Hot pot
  • Sharp knives


  1. Wash celery, remove the leaves and trim the stems. Then slice it into small pieces.
  2. In a wide pot over low heat, melt butter, then add celery and cook for 4 minutes.
  3. Add the potatoes, fennel and apple.
  4. Cook about 10 minutes.
  5. Pour in the apple juice and cover the pot.  Cook for 30 minutes or until all the ingredients are tender.
  6. Remove from heat and stir in yogurt.

To mash, use a hand blender or potato smasher and mash the mixture until you get a smooth, creamy consistency.

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