Roasted Winter Vegetables

It’s a crying shame that Thanksgiving is only one day of the year.

Not just because of the whole spirit of Thanksgiving thing, although certainly that as well. But there are so many good Thanksgivingish foods to eat. (Yeah, I just totally made that up.) Seriously, how often during the rest of the year do we sit down and eat stuffing and cranberry sauce?

Since there is a limit to the amount of food I can forcibly cram into my stomach in one day, I look forward to the month of November as a way to celebrate all the foods that I start craving this time of the year. The ones that start taunting me in October from magazine covers while waiting in line at the store…

Squash ranks right up at the top at that list! And pecan pie…

Roasted Winter Vegetables
Serves: 8

1 butternut squash, about two pounds, peeled & seeded
2 large sweet potatoes, peeled
1 rutabaga, peeled
4 carrots, peeled
2 parsnips
2-3 tbs. olive oil
1 ½ tsp. Fines Herbs
Salt and Pepper to taste

Preheat oven to 425 degrees F.

Cut all the vegetables into 1 ¼ – 1 ½” pieces, making sure to cut them all roughly the same size so that they will cook evenly.

Place the vegetables onto two large baking pans. Drizzle them with olive oil. Season with Fines Herbs, salt and pepper, and toss to coat.

Bake 20-30 minutes (depending on the size you cut your pieces), turning once during roasting, until the vegetables are nice and tender.

What foods do you crave each fall?

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  1. 1

    This looks fantastic. I love the combination of vegetables that you’ve put together. I’m with you about this season. I don’t know why I only eat some of the foods around now. Maybe so I’ll never stop loving them as much? As far as what I crave, it’s a no-brainer. Bring on the pumpkin pie. :)

  2. 2

    I wholeheartedly agree!! We should eat Thanksgiving fare all month long!! Well, you can’t go wrong with this healthy dish. I need to buy parsnips because I don’t ever cook with them. I would definitely go for seconds on this dish and not feel guilty. Thanks for reminding us that we can eat like this every day of the year. :)

  3. 3

    I love roasted vegetables and I decided last year that I was going to make them all through the fall and winter and I never got tired of them!! I love all the variety you have here. Parsnips are now one of my favorites. They cost a bit more here, but they are so worth it!!!
    Hmm, I love “thanksgivingish” food but perhaps stuffing is my favorite…but only done well. I cannot eat sticky, gloopy stuffing. I like it lighter and crisp on top. We are having several thanksgiving meals this year one with my family that will not be on Thanksgiving since several of them cannot make it this year, one with friends, one with church and thanksgiving day with some of our “adopted” kids, and people without family or without a home for thanksgiving.

  4. 4

    Things are definitely flying by too fast, I am looking forward to the holidays as well as some down time. Also, this year Thanksgiving is at someone else’s house and I have been told not to bring anything–so relaxing it will be.

  5. 5

    I would love if Thanksgiving was a whole month so I can eat yummy things like these veggies!

  6. 6

    This looks divine =) I love winter veggies! total comfort food… and though it sound crazy…

    i celebrate t-giving a few times a year. full spread. just because =) hehe you know you want to!

  7. 7

    LOVE your roasted veggies! I’m stuck in a rut with peas, beans, corn and broccoli…time to make the effort and roast something delicious!

  8. 8

    I might have made a mini Thanksgiving last Sunday. It was so good. Makes me even more excited for the real deal.

  9. 9

    Roasted veggies are the best! I love all the different vegetables in this dish! :)

  10. 10

    Yum! I adore fall foods (specifically roasted root veggies)! I love roasting butternut squash, sweet potato, onions and brussel sprouts together. Deeelish!

    I totally understand your issue with trying to eat all of your favourite fall foods in one weekend. Not possible! My stomach would not cooperate with all that delicious food! I think treating Thanksgiving weekend as a monthly festivity is the way to go. Mmmm, pumpkin, squash, sweet potatoes … too many favourite foods for one holiday! Enjoy your Thanksgiving, Jen!!

  11. 11

    I love roasted veggies.

  12. 12

    Delicious! Roasted root vegetables are an all time favorite of mine! What a GREAT idea to spread the food out so you’re not miserable full on Thanksgiving! …I think I may adapt that idea!

  13. 13

    Perfect for the fall! Its healthy and delicious!

    Come and share this on our squash blog hop!

  14. 14

    Easy – I certainly crave these roasted veg since all of them are my favourite. Enjoy Thanksgiving – for many days!

  15. 15

    I love roasted vegetables and this is no exception! looks so good! this month is my favorite cooking and baking month too :)

  16. 16

    Oh my gosh I love that you used rutagaba! My grandpa used to make me rutabagas slathered in butter when I was little. I really thought know one knew they existed lol. I’m happy to see them again :) In general, this just looks like one tasty recipe!

  17. 17

    I love roasted winter veggies and your veggies are no exception – They look divine! Gosh, I love roasted anything. I crave soup in the fall and chicken pot pie. Ooh, ooh – And sweet potato pie… Lot’s of that… I love November.

  18. 18

    Only another woman would say that there is only so much food she can force into her stomach in one sitting. As the mother of six, five of whom are boys, I have seen more food go into one belly in one sitting than I can begin to describe 😛

    But I agree totally about all the good foods this time of year. I LOVE the looks of these veggies! Roasted veggies are one of my favorite things to cook!

  19. 19

    Got some butternut squash in the oven right now as we speak. Love anything Thanksgivingish, like your roasted veggies! The rutabaga is a nice touch.

  20. 20

    I could eat just this for a whole meal. YUM! I love roasted veggies and I love your seasonings on this! This is a great time of year for food!

  21. 21

    I definitely agree – there are so many kinds of food for Thanksgiving and we only have one day… should be like a 3 day but then we’ll be so stuffed that it may not be good for body. But we might stuff ourselves because we know we only have one day… anyway, your roasted veggies look beautiful with bright yellow and orange colors. Definitely give nice warm feeling on the table!

  22. 22

    Adore simple things like this…I could just have them as a main course.

  23. 23

    I cannot get enough winter squash and rot veggies this time of year!

  24. 24

    I def crave butternut squash so this recipe is perfect for me! I agree on the Thanksgiving comment, but am also kind of happy that its only one day. Otherwise I’d be very very overweight!

  25. 25

    I adore roasted vegetables all year long. Your combination is mouth watering. I am thinking a Thanksgiving feast every month this winter wouldn’t be so bad.

  26. 26

    That’s a great idea to spread the wonderful Thanksgiving dishes out throughout the month. Love the combo of roasted veggies you used in this dish!

  27. 27

    I love roasted vegetables! Roasting always brings out the best flavor out of veggies!

  28. 28

    I agree with you , certain festival should be celebrated for more than a day. This roasted veggie is something i ca eat everyday and I feel roasting winter vegetables makes it sweeter and more flavorful

  29. 29

    Roasted veggies are the best, especially root vegetables. Navy wife in Jax…we’ve got a lot in common!

  30. 30

    I love roasted vegetables and just wish I would have discovered cooking veggies this way years ago. Before a couple years ago, I never would have touched a parsnip, or a turnip. let alone a rutabaga. (They are pretty ugly!) Now I’ve learned how tasty they are, and so pretty when combined with sweet potatoes or carrots.

  31. 31

    Love love love roasted veggies! They are such a winter comfort food (that you don’t have to feel guilty about) :)

    Hope you had a wonderful Thanksgiving yesterday, Jen! The holiday season is officially here 😀
    Let the Christmas music commence! heheheheeeee


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