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25 Roasted Vegetable Dinners to Save your Weeknights

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Whenever I'm cold and hangry and at a loss for what to make for dinner, I turn to roasted vegetables. I roughly chop whatever I have in my crisper or pantry, be it cauliflower, turnips, or winter squash, crank up my oven, get out a sheet pan—and boom, I'm already halfway to dinner.

Roasting turns any vegetable, even the ones you wouldn't normally covet, into a crunchy-on-the-outside, tender-on-the-inside masterpiece that is the perfect jumping-off point for any weeknight dinner. It is an excellent way to save produce that's past its prime, and a fool-proof method to turn neglected pantry stragglers into the star of the show.

Of course, you can roast up a tray of vegetables, squeeze a lemon over the whole thing, maybe add a fried egg, and call it dinner, but if you want to take things a step (or two) further, here are some of our favorite ways to turn roasted vegetables into a speedy, satisfying weeknight meal.

keep it simple (add egg if desired)

Roasted Sweet Potato and Apple with Pearl Onions and Crispy Sage
Roasted Sweet Potato and Apple with Pearl Onions and Crispy Sage
Crisp and Tender Roasted Root Vegetables

Crisp and Tender Roasted Root Vegetables by Merrill Stubbs

Tahini Roasted Broccoli

Tahini Roasted Broccoli by Laurie

Roasted Carrots with Carrot Top Pesto and Burrata

Roasted Carrots with Carrot Top Pesto and Burrata by Kenzi Wilbur

Roasted Baby Turnips with Dijon-Shallot Vinaigrette and Tarragon

Roasted Baby Turnips with Dijon-Shallot Vinaigrette and T... by Ty Ryavec

Roasted Cauliflower with Cumin and Cilantro
Roasted Cauliflower with Cumin and Cilantro
Miso-Maple Roasted Roots
Miso-Maple Roasted Roots

Soups

Thai Roasted Butternut Squash and Apple Soup with Coconut-Lime Cream
Thai Roasted Butternut Squash and Apple Soup with Coconut-Lime Cream
Curried Cauliflower Soup

Curried Cauliflower Soup by kmartinelli

Roasted Carrot Soup

Roasted Carrot Soup by Reeve

Roasted Cauliflower and Harissa Soup
Roasted Cauliflower and Harissa Soup

salad (grain or otherwise)

Winter Panzanella with Orange, Roasted Beets, and Pomegranate Seeds

Winter Panzanella with Orange, Roasted Beets, and Pomegra... by Ann S

Toasted Farro Salad with Roasted Leeks and Root Vegetables

Toasted Farro Salad with Roasted Leeks and Root Vegetables by Elizabeth Stark

Roasted Onion Salad with Arugula and Walnut Salsa

Roasted Onion Salad with Arugula and Walnut Salsa by Marian Bull

Turmeric-Roasted Carrots with Seeds

Turmeric-Roasted Carrots with Seeds by alison roman

Roasted Sweet Potato, Chickpea, and Kale Sheet Pan Salad
Roasted Sweet Potato, Chickpea, and Kale Sheet Pan Salad
Roasted Sweet Potato with Chickpeas, Goat Cheese, and Coriander

Roasted Sweet Potato with Chickpeas, Goat Cheese, and Cor... by Renee Kemps

Bittersweet Roasted Radicchio With Ricotta & Dates

Bittersweet Roasted Radicchio With Ricotta & Dates by Sarah Jampel

Roasted Delicata Squash with Spicy Yogurt Dressing and Pomegranate

Roasted Delicata Squash with Spicy Yogurt Dressing and Po... by Josh Cohen

Roasted Sweet Potatoes with Merguez, Persimmon, and Za'atar Yogurt

Roasted Sweet Potatoes with Merguez, Persimmon, and Za'at... by Josh Cohen

Molly Stevens' Roasted Fennel, Red Onion, and Orange Salad
Molly Stevens' Roasted Fennel, Red Onion, and Orange Salad

pasta & other carbs

Orecchiette with Roasted Butternut Squash, Kale, and Caramelized Red Onion
Orecchiette with Roasted Butternut Squash, Kale, and Caramelized Red Onion
Crispy Kale, Roasted Butternut Squash & Tomato Pappardelle

Crispy Kale, Roasted Butternut Squash & Tomato Pappardelle by Posie (Harwood) Brien

Brussels Sprouts Carbonara

Brussels Sprouts Carbonara by Leanne Brown

 Roasted Cauliflower Brown Rice Risotto with Lemon, Walnut, and Mascarpone
Roasted Cauliflower Brown Rice Risotto with Lemon, Walnut, and Mascarpone

How do you turn roasted vegetables into dinner on the fly? Tell us in the comments!

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Tags: Weeknight Cooking, Winter, Vegetarian