Healthy, Lowfat, Roasted Parsnip and Apple Bake

Spice up your vegetables with a healthy, low fat and low calorie side dish, Roasted Parsnips and Apple Bake.

Healthy, low fat Roasted Parsnip & Apple Bake

I’ve been in a little rut, when it comes to vegetables lately. I find that I always go the same thing. Cut the vegetables in chunks, toss with a little olive oil, salt and pepper. Roast. I was getting bored with it. Boredom is the kiss of death for my diet. Boredom leads to grabbing a bag of potato chips out of the pantry, and standing there eating the whole bag. Oh no! I’ve managed to get my act together, and don’t want to blow it now. It is time to break out of my vegetable rut. Time to make vegetables the Super Heros they are. All they need is a little glitz and glamour in the way of some apples and orange juice.

The glitz came in the way of a little fresh orange juice. Oranges are coming into season, buy a few and squeeze out the juice. You don’t need much, but that fresh juice will make a huge difference. I added a little bit of brown sugar and some of my favorite warm, savory spices. The glamour, apples! Apples glamorous? They are when they are baked with parsnips and lend their natural sweetness to this gorgeous Fall dish. The onions and garlic are kind of like Spanx. They work underneath all the flavors to make a smooth finish. It is a sweet and savory match up, and the winner is a healthy, low fat, delicious side dish.

Come back on Thursday for another healthy, low fat recipe, Roasted Chicken with Onions, Grapes and Olives.  You will be so glad you did.

Healthy, low fat Roasted Parsnip & Apple Bake

I can see Roasted Parsnip and Apple Bake being a centerpiece of a Thanksgiving table. The sweet and savory flavors along with the warm spices will be the perfect partner to a turkey or ham. It might be a permanent marriage between the two. I can even see pork chops getting in on the action. Turkey and ham might have some competition for the heart this healthy, vegetable dish. Try Roasted Parsnip and Apple Bake yourself and see what you like it best with. It is easy to put together but tastes like a million bucks.

Healthy, low fat Roasted Parsnip & Apple Bake


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Yields 8 servings

Healthy, Lowfat, Roasted Parsnip and Apple Bake

10 minPrep Time

1 hrCook Time

1 hr, 10 Total Time

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  • 1 cup sliced onion
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 2 lb. parsnips, peeled and cut into 2 inch pieces
  • 3 Golden Delicious apples, cored and sliced
  • 1 Granny Smith apple peeled, cored and sliced
  • ¼ cup fresh orange juice
  • 1 tbsp. oil
  • 1 tbsp. brown sugar
  • ½ tsp. allspice
  • ½ tsp. ground cinnamon
  • 1 tsp. kosher salt
  • ¼ tsp fresh ground black pepper


  1. Preheat oven to 350°. Spray a 3 quart baking dish with non-stick spray.
  2. Mix all ingredients in the baking dish.
  3. Cover and bake for 1 hour, or until parsnips are fork tender.

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  1. This is the exact thing I need to satisfy my sweet tooth!
  2. My husband loves parsnips - I've got to make this recipe for him! Love the flavor combination Christie!
  3. Looks yummpy love that it is healthy and lowfat! BONUS!
  4. Sometimes I'm the same way with my veggies too... roasting is just way too easy and the results are always great. I can't wait to try this apple and parsnip bake though! Yum! Love the combination :)
  5. I freakin' LOVE parsnips - I'll definitely be giving this one a try!
  6. Roslyn Bennett says
    Christie, the Apple and parsnip bake looks great! Not cooking too much these days, but hope to get a chance to try this before too long!
  7. it looks like the perfect fall side; I actually don't think I have ever had parsnips before
  8. Such a perfect side for Thanksgiving!

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