Honey-Dijon Roasted Root Vegetables

This is a delicious, healthy, and EASY side dish- perfect for Thanksgiving and the holiday season. If you’re looking for a no-fail side dish, this is the one. It’s gluten-free, Paleo, high in nutrients, and tastes amazing.

Honey Dijon roasted root vegetables are a perfect, healthy side dish for holidays or Thanksgiving feasts. They're also Paleo and gluten-free! fitnessista.com

Hi friends! How’s the day going? Hope you’re having a wonderful morning. Yesterday was a whirlwind of fun: Anne and I filmed 3 of the Winter Shape up videos with Grant. It was so great to catch up with Anne, and also see Grant again. He’s the mastermind behind many of my YouTube videos and also Soli Beat. We cranked through a pure strength, strength + HIIT, + warmup video for the challenge. I’m so excited!!

Anne and Me with weights

After filming, Anne and I headed over to Fig Tree to grab lunch. I always get scary stoked to tell visitors about Liberty Station and all it has to offer. “So it has the best coffee shop, a hot yoga studio, a Trader Joe’s, market, brewery, juice bar, basically everything you cold wish for.”

I almost always get the portobello mushroom sandwich, but then I saw breakfast on the menu and that happened immediately.

Fig Tree Cafe breakfast

With kombucha:

Fig Tree Cafe Kombucha

Anne and I enjoyed lunch (it was so good!) and chatted about all things life and blogging. We hobbled out of there because after filming workouts + sitting for a while, the soreness started to kick in. #buckleup

Last night, one of the worst things that could have happened during Spin happened. (When I got home, I told the Pilot that THE WORST THING HAPPENED while I was teaching and he thought I peed during class so no. Apparently it was not the worst thing that could happen haha.)

I had to connect to Bluetooth for the music, and once I finally got it connected, I went to start my playlist and… nothing. It was a blank white screen. I panicked for a second, and then just decided to play the POSH podcast for our class since it was actually working. Surprisingly, it all worked out (lame pun) fairly well. We ended up doing a ton of heavy climbs and sprints to the beat of the music, and it gave class a fun *club* vibe. Also, since we had no idea what to expect, class went by super quickly.

So for today, I have a super easy, delicious and healthy side dish for you!

Honey Dijon roasted root vegetables are a perfect, healthy side dish for holidays or Thanksgiving feasts. They're also Paleo and gluten-free! fitnessista.com

These came together because I was trying to brainstorm veggie side dishes for the holiday season. So often when we ask friends what we can take over, it’s usually a side, dessert or salad. I love roasted veggies because it brings out a depth of flavor, and the seasoning is the perfect combo of sweet, tangy and salty. 

When we started making these, Liv said, “Ew, mom. I don’t like those white carrot things.”

Root veggies in a Ziploc

She definitely changed her mind when they came out of the oven. They were a huge hit with the whole fam!

These would also be delicious in a warm veggie salad with sautéed kale and sliced grilled chicken.

Here’s the recipe if you’d like to give it a try!

Honey dijon roasted root vegetables


Honey-dijon roasted root vegetables

Honey Dijon roasted root vegetables are a perfect, healthy side dish for holidays or Thanksgiving feasts. They’re also Paleo and gluten-free! Make a batch to take with you when a holiday hostess says to bring a side dish, or make a batch to enjoy in warm salads with grilled chicken.

  • Prep Time: 10
  • Cook Time: 40
  • Total Time: 50 minutes


  • 16 oz carrots, peeled and roughly chopped
  • 16 oz parnsips, peeled and roughly chopped
  • 8 oz steamed beets (I use the ones from Trader Joe’s), quartered
  • 2 tablespoons avocado oil
  • 1 teaspoon honey
  • 1/2 teaspoon Dijon mustard
  • 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • Fresh thyme, basil or rosemary for garnish


  1. 1. Preheat the oven to 375 and spray a nonstick cookie sheet with olive oil, or grease with oil.
  2. 2. Place the chopped veggies into a large resealable bag.
  3. 3. Whisk the avocado oil, Dijon, garlic powder, and honey until smooth. Pour into the bag, and season with salt and pepper.
  4. 4. Squeeze the bag with your hands and move the veggies around to fully coat them with the dressing.
  5. 5. Spread the veggies onto the cookie sheet in an even layer, and season again with salt and pepper.
  6. 6. Roast for 35-40 minutes, flipping once at the halfway point. Remove from the oven when soft, and golden brown around the edges.
  7. 7. Serve warm, topped with fresh chopped herbs.


  • Serving Size: 4

When you’re invited to a party, what’s your go-to side or salad dish? I usually bring an awesome dessert and a huge kale salad.



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  1. Megan @ Skinny Fitalicious on November 8, 2016 at 7:21 am

    That is scary! Did your playlist come back? I’ve noticed my phone does weird things when it’s switching between WIFI and bluetooth connections. Turning it on and off always seems to do the trick!

    • Fitnessista on November 9, 2016 at 10:07 pm

      no! it didn’t come back until hours later. it was so weird!!

  2. Karen on November 8, 2016 at 8:17 am

    Oh, how men think….he thought you peed!!!! Now that made me laugh:-)

    That’s why we love them so…

    • Fitnessista on November 9, 2016 at 10:07 pm

      hahah exactly!

  3. Sara on November 8, 2016 at 8:56 am

    Have you roasted your own beets before? It’s become part of my Sunday meal prep on a regular bases. Just wrap in foil, roast and then the peel comes right off when they are cooled. So easy! And my kiddos love beets with just a bit of butter and sea salt!

    • Fitnessista on November 9, 2016 at 10:07 pm

      i have! they’re so good!! thank you for the reminder. trader joe’s has huge packages of organic beets right now, too

  4. India on November 8, 2016 at 9:15 am

    I love that you got to spend time with Anne. Sounds so fun! That’s hilarious what the Pilot said…haha. Perspective!

    • Fitnessista on November 9, 2016 at 10:06 pm

      yes, i was so happy to see her! right? it cracked me up

  5. Karianne on November 8, 2016 at 9:16 am

    Hey, just an FYI, not sure if you know, but your blogs aren’t coming into Feedly (since October 28). Love your blog so I just go to the website directly, but thought you should know since it happened previously a few weeks ago.

    • Fitnessista on November 9, 2016 at 10:06 pm

      yes, i’m so sorry about that. i’ve had multiple people (real techie people, not me, ha) look into it over the past few weeks and no one can figure out why it’s happening. fingers crossed we can get it sorted out

  6. queenoffitness on November 8, 2016 at 11:27 am

    Well, my interpretation of the “worst thing” would have been that a participant fell off the bike or had trouble breathing and needed help. Never even would have thought of “peed your pants.” #maleperspective

    • Fitnessista on November 9, 2016 at 10:05 pm

      now that would definitely be the worst thing

  7. P.M. on November 8, 2016 at 1:34 pm

    Wow this sounds and look pretty good! I am going to print this off for my GF, she is on a gluten free diet. Thanks for sharin’

  8. Gina on November 8, 2016 at 2:08 pm

    Totally LOL at the difference between what you & the pilot consider the “worst thing”… His is very funny for sure! I’ll be trying this recipe – Thanks for sharing and making me laugh!! Gina (from Mass)

    • Fitnessista on November 9, 2016 at 10:05 pm

      it cracked me up, too haha. i was like NO THAT DIDN’T HAPPEN!

  9. Julia@yogawinehappiness.com on November 8, 2016 at 2:41 pm

    That looks so good! I have been looking for yummy side dishes for Thanksgiving!

    • Fitnessista on November 9, 2016 at 10:05 pm

      same! let me know if you give it a try haha

  10. Erin @ Her Heartland Soul on November 8, 2016 at 6:53 pm

    Those root veggies look yummy!

    • Fitnessista on November 9, 2016 at 10:04 pm

      thanks, friend! xoxo

  11. Kaleigh on November 9, 2016 at 7:18 am

    Made these tonight, minus he beets because I didn’t have time to steam them before. Loved the sauce! I was out of honey (I know, who does that) so I subbed maple syrup and it was divine. Sometimes simple is the best. Thanks!

    • Kaleigh on November 9, 2016 at 7:19 am

      I also added sweet potatoes- selfish!

      • Kaleigh on November 9, 2016 at 7:23 am

        Omg. I meant delish.

    • Fitnessista on November 9, 2016 at 10:04 pm

      amazing! so happy you liked it 🙂
      i wanted to add sweet potatoes, too, but we didn’t have any on hand. happy to hear it was good!

  12. Sam @ Hygge Wellness on November 9, 2016 at 7:24 am

    This looks like a great addition to our Thanksgiving menu! Thanks for sharing : )

    • Fitnessista on November 9, 2016 at 10:04 pm

      please let me know if you give them a try!

  13. Ashley @ A Lady Goes West on November 9, 2016 at 4:28 pm

    Not having my planned music for teaching a class is a nightmare that wakes me up at least once a month. I also have bad dreams that I show up late and people are mad at me. 🙂 Oh and the recipe looks DELISH!

    • Fitnessista on November 9, 2016 at 10:03 pm

      it was seriously terrifying! fitness instructor nightmares are the worst haha. once i had a dream i was teaching bodypump in the ocean on a stage surrounded by sharks.

  14. Mark on November 21, 2016 at 9:30 pm

    From I saw the word paleo I never second guessed whether I should try this out. I have been a paleo freak over the last few months haha. Although I have never really been a big carrot lover over the years I have defintely forced myself into it.

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