You can roast virtually any vegetable, just as long as you combine your veggies by comparable roasting time. For example, roast mushrooms, asparagus, eggplant, zucchini, shallots, peppers, endives, fennel etc… together (they will be ready in just a few minutes), and roast the selection below together (they will take a little longer) Roots are naturally endowed with loads of flavor and virtually no starch: My selection below doesn’t not include one solitary potato: yum!


  • About 3 ½ pounds total, in any combination: turnips, parsnips, sweet potatoes, carrots, celery root, shallots, golden beets, butternut or kabocha squash
  • 1/3 cup olive oil
  • 3 sprigs rosemary
  • 6-8 sprigs thyme
  • Salt and pepper to taste


  1. Preheat the oven to 450 degrees
  2. Peel all the vegetables except the squash, and dice about 1 inch.
  3. Combine all ingredients in a mixing bowl, and transfer to 2 rimmed cookie sheets lined with foil or parchment paper.
  4. Roast about 20 minutes, or a little longer, until very tender.
  5. Discard the thyme and rosemary sprigs. Serve warm.