Roasted Pear and Parsnips
This recipe for Roasted Pear and Parsnips is sure to make your mouth water. You get some sweetness from the caramelization of the pears and parsnips, some earthiness from the parsnips and a bit of tanginess from the splash of white wine vinegar. Delicious! This Roasted Pear and Parsnips recipe is the perfect warm winter side dish. Pair it with a side salad and roasted chicken or fish for a balanced meal.
Roasted Pear and Parsnips
In 45 minutes you can have this delectable side dish of Roasted Pear and Parsnips. For prep, all you have to do is cut both the pears and parsnips into one-inch pieces, drizzle with some olive oil, and season with salt and pepper. After 30 minutes in the oven at 425 F, finish with white wine vinegar and fresh parsley. It couldn’t be any easier! This Roasted Pear and Parsnips side dish serves four but if you have extra, store in an air-tight container for up to 3 days in the refrigerator.
All About Pears
Pears are part of the Pome fruit family, along with other fruits like apples and quince. There are many different varieties of pears including Bartlett, Anjou, Concorde, Red Pear, and Bosc, to name a few. Along with the different varieties, they also range in color. Pears can be yellow, green, a deep orange-brown, or red! In this Roasted Pear and Parsnips recipe, I like to use a heartier pear, like Bartlett. If you want to play with textures and colors, feel free to choose your favorite pear or what is in season. Just make sure it’s not quite ripe for this recipe!
Pear Health Benefits
Aside from their yummy flavor, pears also offer us health benefits. One cup or one medium pear comes in at 100 calories, with 6 grams of fiber and 7 mg of vitamin C! The fiber in pears helps to keep our digestive system and hearts healthy. Vitamin C on the other hand, acts as an antioxidant and helps keep our skin healthy. Pro-tip: the vitamin C from the pears in this Roasted Pear and Parsnips side dish will help the iron from plant-based protein, such as lentils or beans, be more easily absorbed.
All About Parsnips
Parsnips are a root vegetable. meaning they are grown underground. They are in the same family as carrots, celery, cumin and parsley! They look similar to a carrot in shape but are white in color. Because of the high starch content in parsnips, when cooked, the starch turns to sugar giving them their sweet flavor.
Parsnip Health Benefits
For a half cup of parsnips, there are 60 calories. Additionally, parsnips are good sources of vitamin C, folate, and fiber, providing us with many health benefits. The term “Good Source” is regulated by the FDA, and it means that for one serving of parsnips, it contains between 10% and 19% of the Recommended Dietary Intake (RDI) for each of these nutrients! An “Excellent Source” of a nutrient would meet 20% or more of the RDIs for that nutrient. Always be on the lookout for those terms. In all, this Roasted Pear and Parsnips side dish is both healthy and delicious.
For more fruit and veggie side dish inspiration, check out my Baked Asparagus with Lemon, my Superfood Spinach Quinoa Salad with Pomegranate Citrus Dressing, and my Mandarin Orange Salad with Black Beans!
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- 1.5 pounds parsnip cut into 1-inch pieces
- 2 pears unripe works best, cut into 1-inch pieces
- 1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
- ½ teaspoon kosher salt
- 1/8 teaspoon ground black pepper
- 1 tablespoon white wine vinegar
- 1 tablespoon parsley chopped
- Pre-heat oven to 425 degrees F. Line a baking sheet with foil or parchment paper.
- Toss parsnips and pears with oil, salt, and pepper, and place on baking sheet in a single layer. Roast until golden brown, approximately 30 minutes, mixing halfway through cooking.
- Toss with vinegar. Garnish with parsley.