A healthy, simple fall and winter side dish featuring root vegetables. Roasting vegetables brings out natural sweetness, and with fresh thyme and parsley from the garden, these winter veggies are beautiful and delicious.
- 1 fennel
- 2 turnips
- 3 carrots
- 2 parsnips
- 1–2 cups winter squash (I used buttercup)
- 3+ Tbs extra virgin
- 1 tsp fresh thyme
- pepper and
- 2 Tbs chopped fresh parsley
- To prepare the squash, you may need to place it, whole, into the oven during the preheat to soften in order to cut it in half.
- Scoop out the seeds, then cut into 2-inch chunks. If using a butternut squash, you may be able to peel it with a vegetable peeler.
- Cut all the vegetables into 2-inch chunks. Use only the bulbous part of the fennel and save the stalks and fronds for homemade stock or a versatile recipe in which anise-flavored celery would fit.
- In a large roasting pan or 9×13 glass dish, toss the vegetable chunks with at least 2 Tbs EVOO to coat.
- Add the thyme, salt and pepper and mix well.
- Roast in a preheated 400F degree oven for 30 minutes, turning every 10 minutes.
- Add the last Tablespoon (or more) of oil and continue roasting for 30 minutes, stirring occasionally, or until vegetables are brown and caramelized.
- Serve immediately garnished with fresh parsley.
You might roast the rest of the squash at the same time and puree it for many different uses (see the Monday Mission).
My only beef with this recipe is that the parsnips did not get done at the same rate as the other veggies. If I make it again, I would tweak it more and roast the parsnips first for at least 20 minutes, or maybe steam them to give them a head start. I’d also cut them much smaller, or just skip the things altogether since they’re my least favorite.
I also might add more seasoning, perhaps some marjoram and additional thyme. I thought only 3 Tbs. of oil was asking a lot of the oil, and the dish needed a great deal more to cover all the vegetables with any flavor at all. It was a respectable and healthy fall side dish in the end, but not a way to “hide” your squash whatsoever. 🙂