Roasted root vegetables


Any good nutritional plan will showcase a variety of vegetables in order to offer your body a multitude of nutrients. We often get stuck in a rut though and continue to make the same few side dishes over and over. This leaves us not only bored but lacking in nutrient diversity! It hit me one day that I hadn’t been paying attention – so I quickly came up with this roasted root vegetable dish to change things up.

When I usually think of what vegetables to serve for dinner, I run the gamut of broccoli, cauliflower, green beans, corn on the cob (when I can get local and/or organic in season), Brussels sprouts, or a fresh salad. I don’t often think of turnips, rutabaga, beets, or parsnips. Why aren’t these lovely root vegetables getting the love and attention they deserve on the weekly meal plan? I think it is time to change that!

Roasted root vegetables in pan

What are root vegetables?

Root vegetables are any vegetable that the root (the underground portion) is edible. There are so many root vegetables, I never realized the variety that was available. Besides the ones listed above, other vegetables that are considered root vegetables include:

  • Jicama
  • Maca
  • Celeriac
  • Radish
  • Sweet Potato
  • Turmeric
  • Ginger
  • Jerusalem artichoke
  • Fennel
  • Arrowroot

This is just a very, very small sample of the numerous root vegetables available for consumption. Who knew there were so many different types of vegetables?

roasted root veggies

Benefits of root veggies:

Nutritionally, the content of each root vegetable is as varied as the root vegetable itself. Root vegetables are grown directly in the soil and therefore absorb all the nutrients and minerals of the soil, as well as sunlight from their leaves. They are complex carbohydrates, providing fuel for your body and for the most part, you will find root vegetables to be high in Vitamin A, Vitamin C, folate, beta carotene, antioxidants, and fiber.

Most root vegetables also have a great shelf life. For example, rutabagas can last for up to three months when stored properly, and potatoes can last through the entire winter! Because of these wonderful storage conditions, root vegetables were a popular garden staple before refrigeration and freezer preservation became the norm and “root cellars” was a must for any homestead.

How to eat them:

The recipe I have included for you today is a simple roasted root vegetable medley which is how we typically enjoy these vegetables all year-long (we also like them as the base layer when roasting a chicken-yum!). Like most things in life, there is no one way to do something. Root vegetables are no exception, and below are just a few of the ways that you can eat these delicious tubers!

  • Veggie Chips-Sweet potatoes, parsnips, and rutabagas are great for dipping!
  • Grill them! Brush turnips, carrots, or fennel with olive oil and grill them next to some delicious steaks.
  • Make fries-carrots, sweet potatoes, and even turnips can be made into a quick and easy side dish.
  • Salad/Slaw-Fennel, jicama, and radishes can be julienned and added to salad or slaw for a unique flavor.
Roasted Root Vegetables in basket
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Roasted root vegetables

A perfect side dish for any meal.
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time30 mins
Total Time40 mins
Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: American
Keyword: roasted potatoes
Servings: 8 servings
Calories: 185kcal
Author: Jill


  • 3 lbs root vegetables chopped, a mixture of carrots, rutabagas, turnips, parsnips, sweet potatoes, etc.
  • 2 Tbsp olive oil
  • 2 Tbsp fresh rosemary
  • 2 cloves garlic minced
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp black pepper
  • 1/2 cup Parmesan cheese optional


  • Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
  • On a sheet pan, mix all ingredients except Parmesan cheese. Roast for approximately one hour until vegetables are fork tender.
  • Sprinkle with Parmesan cheese before serving (if using).


Calories: 185kcal | Carbohydrates: 31g | Protein: 4g | Fat: 5g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 4mg | Sodium: 408mg | Potassium: 643mg | Fiber: 8g | Sugar: 8g | Vitamin A: 1.2% | Vitamin C: 35.3% | Calcium: 13.8% | Iron: 6%

You could also try these Maple Sweet Potatoes.

My name is Jill, and I am the editor at Modern Alternative Mama. I have been on a real food journey for about three years now and am passionate about food. I am a Jesus-loving, Bible-reading, kombucha-brewing, raw milk–drinking, real food–eating gal. I was born and raised in the Midwest, and currently live the non-mainstream life in the St. Louis area with my husband Graham and our infant daughter.
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