Balsamic and Honey Roasted Root Vegetables

One of my new years resolutions this year is to go out of my comfort zone and use ingredients I had never cooked with before. Just walk into the supermarket and grab something you don’t recognize, no questions asked.


This is especially important for seasonal vegetables that only make an appearance in my store for a month or so and then just disappear. And I am always hesitant and I don’t know why!

The other day I was at the supermarket, I saw a vegetable that was the almost looked like John C. Reilly’s head. It was even the size of John C. Reilly’s head. I was like what in the world is this and how the hell did it even come out of the ground?


I ended up asking the people who worked there and it even took them a while to give me an answer. Sadly I don’t remember what it was called and of course I haven’t seen it sense because I bet other people were just as curious as me and snatched one up before they were gone.

I have yet to see John C. Reilly’s vegetable like head anywhere else. Disclaimer: IF YOU have seen this at your store (or have any idea what I could be talking about, I know my description is pretty meager) let me know.


Anyways I did have the guts this time to venture away from the sweet potatoes and beets (which I always go for) and look at the other vegetables usually don’t stand a chance. They deserve some love too I guess.

So I grabbed some turnips, parsnips and radishes and told myself I was going to make something delicious with them. So I put myself to the test!


Not only were they delicious but I suddenly realize how beautiful vegetables can be!! When I sliced through that watermelon radish I was amazed, and I loved how wonderfully white the insides of those turnips were!

Honey and balsamic are also a killer combination for roasting and caramelizing vegetables. When I first attempted it I was worried it would make them overly sweet, cause nobody wants sugary vegetables. But it turns out they were the perfect amount to make the perfect caramelization.

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The radish definitely has a more unique taste and has a bit of a bitterness to it. And I also know some people who are indifferent to the taste of parsnips. If definitely depends on your palate cause everyones taste buds are different!

I’m so happy I am following this new years resolution of mine. It is definitely allowing me to experiment in the kitchen! Do you guys have any new years eve resolutions geared towards food? Let me know!

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Balsamic and Honey Roasted Root Vegetables

1 bunch of rainbow carrots cut into coins
4 parsnips cut into coins
1 watermelon radish cut into 1 inch cubes
1 red onion coarsely chopped
3 turnips cut into 1 inch cubes
2 tablespoons honey
2 tablespoons aged balsamic or balsamic glaze
2 teaspoons salt
2 sprigs thyme, unstemmed (plus one for garnish)
2 sprigs rosemary, unstemmed (plus one for garnish)
2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil

Preheat the oven to 400 degrees fahrenheit.

In a large bowl add the carrots, parsnips, radish and onion. Add the salt, rosemary, and thyme, then pour over honey, balsamic and olive oil. Toss well to coat.

Spread the root vegetables over a baking sheet so they are in a single layer. Add a sprig of thyme and rosemary to garnish and place in the oven for 40-45 minutes or until tender and lightly caramelized on the outside, shaking the tray and tossing them around a couple of time to ensure even cooking.

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16 thoughts on “Balsamic and Honey Roasted Root Vegetables

    1. Thanks Rakhee! I’m sure this is a new years resolution I can keep up with! And oh my goodness honey and balsamic is such a delicious flavor combination!

  1. That is a great resolution! But your description of that vegetable is killing me, I am picturing a pink hairy melon. Not that I don’t love John C Reilly. The combination of honey and balsamic sounds amazing. I’m always looking for new ways to roast veggies, gotta try this.

    but seriously….i’m so curious about that veg thing now.

    1. Thanks Annie! Hahah a pink hairy melon really does fit the description of John C Reilly! He is awesome though, he is kind of strangely adorable haha! I ended up finding the vegetable.. it was a turban squash, and this one looked like it had his face with that crazy hairdo on top! Well I guess I just have to buy it now!

  2. That sounds like an amazing new years resolution!! I bet you’re going to come up with some really cool dishes, just like this one here. I love having roast vegetables in the winter time but I’ve actually never tried roasted radish. I bet it tastes awesome with the balsamic and honey!

    1. Yeah I already have some really cool ideas planned out and I’ve started testing them out too. It really keeps you on your toes and it’s also so much fun. But my roommate probably doesn’t know what’s going on every time she opens up the fridge.

  3. Hahaha I am so desperate to know what that vegetable was!! Is it a rutabaga? Or celeriac? I am so curious now! Vegetables are beautiful indeed- I am always so in awe when I see a vegetable in its entirety- root, tops, etc. And I agree: watermelon radishes are gorgeous! I’ve been eating so many roast veggies just because I need to pop them in the oven. These sound super tasty! <3

    1. Thanks Genevieve! Turns out it was a turban squash! And this one looked very strange as if it was a face with a weird haircut hence the John C Reilly reference! I am also in awe at certain vegetables an this one left my mouth wide open. I’m definitely going to buy it next time and challenge myself to do something with it. I hope you do to!

  4. I have the same problem of being hesitant to buy the unusual veggie! I’m going to join your New years resolution because these veggies look amazing. I have actually been wanting to try a watermelon radish for awhile, and I will admit I am totally only going to buy it for the looks 🙂 I love this twist on roasted veggies too! I have never used the honey/balsamic combo but it sounds fabulous so I need to get on that. Pinning!

    1. Yeah totally just buy a watermelon radish and see what you come up with! It is just so gorgeous that when you cut through it, it will definitely brighten your day! I wonder what you come up with! And totally try the honey/balsamic combo, it takes the caramelization to a whole new level. Thanks Meghan!

  5. You’ve just transformed those unattractive root veggies into a beautiful work of art! Congrats, you’re featured this week at the #ThisIsHowWeRoll Link Party on Organized 31.

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