Cooking Without Drama-Paleo Roasted Root Vegetables

We have just rounded into week 4 of our 3 month Paleo Challenge.  While I am still getting overwhelming cravings for bread, (especially a nice crusty sourdough), and potatoes, I am finding the biggest challenge coming up with side dishes to go with the lean proteins since the rice, biscuits, rolls, garlic toast, mac-n-cheese, pastas, polentas, potato dishes are now off limit.

What I have discovered in its place are other root vegetables.  Sure, I’ve always enjoyed a sweet potato, but I have never tried turnips, rutabagas or parsnips.  Well the other day I did.

I saw the original recipe on the Wegmans website and adjusted it to fit within the confines of the Paleo Challenge.

Paleo Honey Roasted Root Vegetables (Serves 4 as a hearty side, 6 as a small side and two as a meatless dish)

1/2 medium rutabaga, peeled, cut in 1-inch pieces on bias or 2 cups Cleaned & Cut Rutabaga
1 medium (6 oz) turnip, peeled, cut in 1-inch pieces on bias (about 1 1/2 cups)
2 large  Organic Carrots, peeled, cut in 1-inch pieces on bias (about 1 1/2 cups)
1 large (6 oz) parsnip, peeled, cut in 1-inch pieces (about 1 1/2 cups)
2 Tbsp Olive  Oil
Sea Salt and pepper to taste  (I did not use salt, as the challenge does not allow)
2 Tbsp Coconut Oil, melted
2 Tbsp Raw Honey, melted


Preheat oven to 450 degrees 

  1. Toss rutabaga, turnip, carrots and parsnips with basting oil; arrange in a single layer on baking sheet. Season to taste with salt and pepper. Roast 25 min; remove from oven.
  2. Combine melted coconut oil and honey to make glaze. Drizzle over vegetables and carefully toss until completely coated.
  3. Return veggies to oven. Roast 8-10 min until glaze just begins to bubble.
 I actually cooked them at 350 degrees for 45 minutes because I had a turkey breast in there as well, and jacked up the heat for the last bit while the turkey breast rested.
They were delicious and reheated well.




  1. I found this recipe on Google while looking for a Paleo roasted root veggie recipe.Sounds delish! I think I’m going to make this for my side dish for Easter dinner tonight. I had already bought a bunch of organic rutabagas, turnips, beets and carrots and was planning on doing something with them but the honey and coconut oil sounds like a tasty topper! BTW, how are you liking Paleo? My whole family (me, husband and 3 children) have been eating Paleo since January 1st and we love it!

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