35 Simple and Healthy Root Vegetable Recipes
 

*Title image courtesy of Cathleen Childs of A Taste of Madness

Winter may be a cold and depressing time of the year, but winter vegetables can make your kitchen feel bright and alive!

There is nothing like the warmth and smells of winter food cooking away. And one of my favorite types of winter vegetables are root vegetables. Root vegetables go way beyond carrots and potatoes, and also include:

  • sweet potatoes (so many varieties!)

  • beets

  • parsnips

  • turnips

  • rutabaga

  • kohlrabi

  • yuca

  • jicama

  • radishes

Yes, all of these root vegetables at first appear dirty, hard, and sometimes come in weird shapes. But, once you slice and dice them, steam or roast them, they become bright and sweet and flavorful. Root vegetables pair wonderfully with all kinds of herbs and spices, they are very affordable, and they keep for a long time before going bad.

Did you know that root vegetables also make great baby food? Once cooked, root veggies have a nice soft texture and sweet flavor that babies love! Check out my article 11 Best Baby Foods for Winter to learn more about root vegetables and other winter foods for baby!

Just getting started with giving your baby solid foods? Be sure to take a look at 6 Tips for Starting Your Baby on Solid Foods for easy tips to get your little one on their way to being an adventurous eater.

Root vegetable recipe roundup: 35 easy and healthy recipes your family will love

Whether you choose to make soups, stews, roasted meals, or just eat them raw, root vegetables deserve a place at your kitchen table this winter. To help inspire you, I’ve collected 35 easy and healthy recipes that your whole family will love! Many of these recipes are from Registered Dietitians, so you can bet that they’re full of nutrients to help your family be healthy.

Drinks & Smoothies

 
Image courtesy of Brittany Poulson of Your Choice Nutrition

Image courtesy of Brittany Poulson of Your Choice Nutrition

 

Refreshing Beet Lemonade - Snacking in Sneakers

Immune Boosting Wild Blueberry Beet Smoothie - Your Choice Nutrition

Soups

 
Image courtesy of Tracee Yablon Brenner of Triad to Wellness

Image courtesy of Tracee Yablon Brenner of Triad to Wellness

 

Red Lentil Stew with Root Vegetables (Vegan, Gluten Free) - The Plant-Powered Dietitian

Butternut Squash Sweet Potato Carrot Soup - Delightful Adventures

Homemade Chicken Stock - Rocky Mountain Cooking

Turmeric, Ginger and Roasted Carrot Soup - Your Choice Nutrition

Creamy Cauliflower Carrot Soup - Triad to Wellness

Creamy Roasted Carrot Soup - Veg Girl RD

Sweet Potato Ginger Soup - Jeanette Kimszal

Cozy Potato Parsnip Soup - BeeKay Nutrition

Salads

Image courtesy of Karen H Kerr of Karen’s Kitchen Stories

Image courtesy of Karen H Kerr of Karen’s Kitchen Stories

Carrot Ginger Dressing - Triad to Wellness

Carrot and Raisin Slaw with Cumin Yogurt Dressing - Karen’s Kitchen Stories

Yogurt Tahini Mediterranean Carrot Salad - Running to the Kitchen

Kohlrabi, Kale and Carrot Slaw - Hot Pan Kitchen

Turnip Pomegranate Salad - Easy Baby Meals

Spiral Vegetable Salad - Foods with Judes

Winter Beetroot & Greens Citrus Salad - Chef Catherine Brown

Chard Salad with Carrots, Beets and Sunflower Seeds - Triad to Wellness

Roasted Vegetables

 
Image courtesy of Jane Pelcher of Jane the Dietitian

Image courtesy of Jane Pelcher of Jane the Dietitian

 

Garlic Thyme Roasted Carrots - Jane the Dietitian

Perfect Roasted Vegetables + 5 Ways to Use Them - Leanne Ray Nutrition

Roasted Potatoes, Carrots and Beets - A Taste of Madness

Rosemary Roasted Vegetables - Chicago Jogger

Spicy Maple Glazed Roasted Sweet Potatoes - What’s In The Pan?

Easy Curry Roasted Winter Vegetables - Went Here 8 This

Wicked Good Wedges - Jane the Dietitian

Baked Carrot Parsley Fries - Jeanette Kimszal

Main Dishes

 
Image courtesy of Julie Harrington

Image courtesy of Julie Harrington

 

Roasted Sweet Potato Tacos - Veggies Save the Day

Root Veggie Beef Stew in the Slow Cooker - The Cheerful Kitchen

Roasted Root Vegetable Power Bowl - Julie Harrington RD

Vegan Creamy Rice with Parsnips, Onion and Pepper - Amy Gorin Nutrition

Snacks & Sides

Image courtesy of Robin Gagnon of Mom Foodie

Image courtesy of Robin Gagnon of Mom Foodie

Festive Beet & Pomegranate Bruschetta - The Kansas City Dietitian

Golden Beet Hummus - Chef Catherine Brown

Roasted Carrot Hummus - Mom Foodie

Yuca with Garlic Sauce - Healthier Steps

Ginger Mashed Sweet Potatoes - Sound Bites Nutrition




What’s your family’s favorite winter vegetable? Let us know in the comments!