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Balsamic Roasted Root Vegetables

Okay fat pants – you have Got. To. Go!! And step one is to devour scores of veggies with unparalleled ferocity. These balsamic roasted root veggies fit my skinny jeans and filled my tummy.

Somewhere between the busy schedules the we all seem to find our selves in, lack of gym time, the holidays, the 13 plates of holiday cookies, chocolate, and too many decadent treats to count – the fat pants suddenly found themselves a little too tight for comfort and the judgement marks left on my tummy are just so last season. Well, no season rather.

Dang do I love me some holiday cookies, but it’s time to get back to reality. These roasted veggies are filling, sweet and warm, cozy and super duper easy – so there is really no excuse for them not to grace your table this winter.

Now before we get too far, I have to confess that me and parsnips first introduction was like a bad date. There was no chemistry, just awkward conversation and he, Mr. Parsnip, was just rigid and woodsy and had no sense of humor. I like a vegetable with a sense of humor. But we’ve made our amends and even become friends. Whew, it was a rocky road.

Me and cabbage on the other hand, are a match made in heaven. He’s dark, twisty, colorful and just do darn puurrrdy.

So if I can get along with Mr. Cabbage, Mr. Parsnip and sure, even Mr. Carrot – these skinny jeans might not be as far off as I thought.

For the balsamic glaze I used Star Fine Foods Balsamic of Modena Glaze. It’s a staple in my kitchen and is so versatile, from Cantaloupe Bruschetta with Prosciutto to Apple Balsamic Roasted Sweet Potatoes with Cranberries and Goat Cheese.  

If you don’t have time to go store hopping to find this beauty, a simple reduced balasamic vinegar will do the trick as well. Add about 2/3 – 3/4 cup of balsamic vinegar to a saucepan and over medium-low heat, stirring frequently, reduce the vinegar until it becomes syrupy. Let it cool and them pour over the veggies. Easy peasy!

Check out these other Root Veggie Filled Recipes:

Hazelnut Parsnip Soup – Perry’s Plate

Roasted Root Vegetables with Lentils – Bev Cooks

Root Vegetable Gratin – Heather Christo Cooks

Lentil Soup with Root VegetablesDessert for Two

Balsamic Roasted Root Vegetables

Roasted carrots, parsnips and non-root cabbage perfect for a new year's resolution.

Yield: 4 servings

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 30 minutes

Total Time: 40 Minutes

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½ Red Cabbage, Sliced ½"-¾" thick
2 Parsnips, sliced into 3" strips
3 large Carrots, sliced into 3" strips
⅓ cup Balsamic Glaze
¼ cup Olive Oil
1 tsp Garlic, minced
½ tsp Pepper
½ tsp Salt
2 Tbsp Parsley, minced
¼ tsp Cayenne Pepper


Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
Peel parsnips and carrots. Slice both into chunks 3" in length. Then stand on end and slice all pieces lengthwise, into halves and then into quarters. Large pieces of carrots and parsnips might have to be sliced into 1/6th. Set aside in large bowl.
Slice red cabbage and remove woody core. Slice on the bias so that the cabbage is sliced lengthwise and long ribbons appear when cut. Place into large bowl and discard core of cabbage.
Pour over balsamic glaze, olive oil, garlic, salt, pepper, parsley, and cayenne pepper. Toss to throughly coat all vegetables.
Pour vegetables on baking sheet lined with silicone baking liner. Bake in oven and toss every ten minutes to ensure vegetables remain coated with balsamic glaze. Add more if you notice vegetables are drying out slightly. Toss and roast until carrots and parsnips are fork tender.
Serve alongside chicken, steak or pork tenderloin.

Megan Pence-Keno


20 Responses to “Balsamic Roasted Root Vegetables”

  1. #
    Liz @ The Lemon Bowl — December 31, 2012 @ 4:54 am

    This recipe is right up my alley!! In fact, I used parsnips instead of potatoes in chicken pot pie yesterday – love them! I’m glad you and Mr. Parsnip have worked things out. 😉

  2. #
    Bev @ Bev Cooks — December 31, 2012 @ 6:45 am

    Do you think we could double date?

    p.s. thank you for the link lovage!

  3. #
    Gina @ Running to the Kitchen — December 31, 2012 @ 7:00 am

    Love this! I feel like I could turn into a root vegetable with the amount I eat from November through March. The balsamic glaze is perfect for keeping things from getting boring 🙂

  4. #
    claire @ the realistic nutritionist — December 31, 2012 @ 7:16 am

    The colors here are SO pretty!

  5. #
    Karly — December 31, 2012 @ 7:31 am

    You’ll have to pry my fat pants out of my cold dead (fat) hands. But, I will happily have some of these vegetables. To go along with my cookies and cakes and other non-diety things.

  6. #
    Cassie | Bake Your Day — December 31, 2012 @ 10:57 am

    We had some roasted root veggies this weekend but I am definitely adding balsamic!

  7. #
    Julia {The Roasted Root} — December 31, 2012 @ 11:02 am

    As much as I love roots, I’d say parsnips are my least favorite too…they can be hit or miss and when it’s a miss they do have a very barky texture as you mentioned. My favorite roots for roasting are turnips, sweet potatos and red beets and the balsamic with roots seems to be the perfect way to prepare them. Great dish, and a great day for a healthy recipe. I’m gonna need to lay off the sugar to get back into my skinny jeans too. 😉

  8. #
    Jackie @ Domestic Fits — December 31, 2012 @ 11:41 am

    Love. This. I heart root vegetables, and the balsamic is gorgeous.

  9. #
    DessertForTwo — January 1, 2013 @ 7:54 pm


    And thanks for the mention 🙂

  10. #
    Averie @ Averie Cooks — January 1, 2013 @ 8:31 pm

    I could drink balsamic I love it that much! These look perfect and like a great way to ring in 2013. I have a parsnips fry ‘recipe’ if you could even call it that and I love them & husband & 5 year old successfully partake as well.

  11. #
    Lauren @ Climbing Grier Mountain — January 2, 2013 @ 6:46 am

    Holy deliciousness! These veggies are just the thing I need to start 2013 off on the right foot!

  12. #
    Mads — January 2, 2013 @ 2:26 pm

    Honestly, I’ve never seen veggies look better. These pics are beautiful! I like the term “judgement marks”…I’ve got a few myself. Time to stockpile the fiber, greens, and low-calorie snacks.

  13. #
    Jessica — January 3, 2013 @ 9:20 pm


    A local restaurant in Tampa serves something they call “The Roots”. It’s DIVINE and a lot like this. They describe it as:

    Oven Roasted Sweet Potato, Shallot and Pearl Onion Salad tossed with chopped Pecans, Mild Chilies & Fresh Herbs. Drizzled with Balsamic Reduction & Crumbled Feta

    I am totally making these soon and adding some pecans and feta. Oh baby!

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