Spiced Roasted Parsnips

Beautifully seasoned and spiced, these roasted parsnips are perfect as a side dish with any main. Golden brown on the outside, soft on the inside, they are as tasty as they are nutritious and a healthy source of carbohydrates and fibre. Paleo, gluten-free, Whole30 and vegan-friendly.


Roasted parsnips with spices, parsley and lemon

Parsnips look like large white carrots, which is no coincidence as they are closely related. Unlike carrots, parsnips taste less sweet (although they have the same sugar content) and have more starch, meaning they have a texture closer to sweet potatoes and white potatoes when cooked. The flavour is quite mild and neutral, with some nutty, earthy tones.

 

Parsnips Nutrition

Parsnips nutrition

One cup (133g) of cooked parsnips provides about 100 calories, 24 grams of carbohydrates (6-7 of which are fibre!) and a little protein. They are rich in several health-benefiting phytonutrients, vitamins, and minerals, especially vitamins C and K. The main claim to fame is the high content of soluble and insoluble dietary fibre.

Again, 1 cup provides 25-30% of daily recommended amount! Fibre improves your digestive health, regulates blood sugar levels, and enhance hearts health. Parsnip is a are good prebiotic food, feeding the good bacteria in your gut. More parsnip nutrition info here.

How To Roast Parsnips

how to Roast parsnips with spices

Parsnips can be prepared in a similar way to other root vegetables: boiled, steamed, mashed, baked, fried or roasted.

In this recipe, I coated the parsnips with a few lovely spices and seasonings and roasted them to a golden brown. The outer side is crispy and a little chewy, while the flesh is lovely and soft. I sprinkled with some fresh parsley and lemon zest for freshness.

I love serving roasted parsnips as a side dish and they go with pretty much anything but are especially good with steak and chicken. Leftovers are great with a fried egg on top. Let me know if you make this!

 

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Roasted Parsnips With Spices & Parsley

Spiced Roasted Parsnips

Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Author: Irena Macri
Servings: 4
Course: Side
Cuisine: European
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Calories: 183kcal
Beautifully seasoned and spiced, these roasted parsnips make for a nutritious, healthy side dish that goes with pretty much anything.

Ingredients 

  • 4 parsnips cut into quarters lengthways
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil plus more for greasing
  • 1 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon cumin powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon paprika powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt plus extra for later
  • Pinch of pepper
  • Garnish: 1/4 cup finely chopped parsley + 1 teaspoon zest of lemon

Instructions

  • Preheat the oven to 200 C / 400 F.
  • Peel and cut the parsnips, place in a bowl and drizzle with olive oil. Sprinkle with spices, salt and pepper and coat evenly using your hands.
  • Place a piece of parchment paper on a flat baking tray and grease lightly with olive oil. Spread the parsnips and bake for 20-25 minutes until golden brown.
  • Serve sprinkled with fresh parsley and a little lemon zest (optional) or other fresh herbs of choice.

Nutrition

Calories: 183kcal | Carbohydrates: 29g | Protein: 2g | Fat: 8g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 5g | Sodium: 308mg | Potassium: 601mg | Fiber: 8g | Sugar: 8g | Vitamin A: 126IU | Vitamin C: 26mg | Calcium: 61mg | Iron: 1mg
Keywords: Parsnips, Side Dishes, Vegan, Vegetarian, Roasted vegetables
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Irena Macri
By Irena Macri

About the author: Hi, I’m Irena Macri. I share delicious recipes that I have cooked and loved. I am a published cookbook author, have been food blogging for over 10 years and have a Diploma in Nutrition. You will find many healthy recipes as well as my favourite comfort food. More about me here | Subscribe to my newsletter and freebies

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3 Comments
  1. Hi Irena, I made this recipe and loved it. Thank you for making wonderful tasty chips. Will do it again today. Ria

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