Roasted Carrots and Parsnips
Roasted carrots and parsnips tossed with a mixture of olive oil, honey, garlic, lemon juice, and rosemary and caramelized to perfection in the oven. It requires only one sheet pan and makes a healthy and easy side that is mess-free. Serve them with a delish homemade honey mustard dressing!
Cost $1.25 per person
- 2 lbs carrots and parsnips (1 lb each), peeled and cut into 3-4 inch long sticks and ½ to ¾-inch thick
- 4 garlic cloves minced (about 1 tbsp) – if using garlic powder, use only ¾ tsp
- 2 tbsp olive oil
- 2 tbsp lemon juice
- 2 tsp honey or maple syrup, for a vegan and paleo version
- 1/2 tsp salt and 1/2 tsp pepper (plus 1/8 tsp cumin or Mexican chili powder if desired -- optional)
- 1/2 tsp chopped rosemary
For the honey mustard dressing: OPTIONAL
- 1 tbsp honey
- 2 tsp Dijon mustard
- 1/2 tbsp balsamic vinegar
- 1/2 tbsp olive oil
Peel and cut: Using a vegetable peeler, peel vegetables, and then place them on a cutting board. Cut each into halves crosswise. Then, cut each each of the halves in half again-- but this time lengthwise. Next, cut into sticks. Don’t cut them too thin though – they should be ½ to 2/3-inch thick.
Toss veggies: Place them onto a large sheet pan lined with foil (if you want to avoid scrubbing a greasy pan). Top them with olive oil, minced garlic, seasonings, honey, lemon juice, and chopped rosemary. Then toss everything together to coat veggies evenly. If you prefer, use a bowl to toss all ingredients together and then add to the pan.
Roast: Preheat oven to 400°F (200° C) and place the pan on the middle rack. Bake for about 25 (for al dente) to 30 minutes, for tender veggies. Serve by themselves while hot or with a side of honey mustard dressing.
Honey mustard dressing: Whisk honey, mustard, balsamic, and oil together until homogeneous.
Make-Ahead and Storage
You can make roasted carrots and parsnips recipe ahead. Just make sure to let it cool before storing in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 4 days.
Freezing is not ideal because they may become mushy once thawed and reheated.
- Make sure to not cut veggies too thin. If you prefer, cut them into rounds instead of sticks. Yet, they must be not less than ½-inch think and not more than 3/4-inch thick. Otherwise, you’ll have to cook them longer.
- Toss all ingredients very well in order to cover veggies evenly.
- Always preheat oven.
- Use an oil with a high smoke point. Some oils such as grapeseed, coconut, sesame, and extra virgin olive oil have a low smoke point and are not ideal for roasting which requires a temperature of 400 F and above.
- To make this recipe also vegan and paleo, use maple syrup instead of honey.
Calories: 103kcal | Carbohydrates: 15g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 5g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 239mg | Potassium: 369mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 9g | Vitamin A: 18944IU | Vitamin C: 9mg | Calcium: 40mg
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