Roasted Root Veggies

This is my go-to recipe for any potluck gathering because it pairs well with most any dish served in the fall and winter. It’s also versatile and can be easily tweaked to use any combination of root veggies that are fresh and readily available. The addition of pineapple juice truly sets it apart from any other root veggie dish, bringing out the unique flavors and natural sweetness in each bite. If you are looking for a no-fail holiday potluck recipe, this one’s for you! Be ready for the kudos and compliments this dish will bring!


Root veggies:

  • 1 large beet, quartered or smaller
  • 2 yams, chopped into 1” chunks
  • 1 yellow onion, quartered
  • ½ kabocha squash, chopped into 1” chunks
  • 3 carrots, chopped into 2” sections
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
    (Feel free to use any combo of seasonal veggies – the more color the better!)


  • 2 T. sesame oil
  • 1/2 cup olive oil
  • 3 T. pineapple juice*
  • 1 t. black sesame seeds
  • 1 t. white sesame seeds
  • 1/4 cup chopped parsley
  • Optional: 5-7 fresh rosemary twigs
    *I buy a small can of crushed or sliced pineapples for this recipe and save the juice and pineapples that I don’t use in the refrigerator. Then I toss the remaining fruit and juice in  smoothies and/or other recipes until it’s gone.


  1. Mix the vegetables and garlic in a large bowl.
  2. Toss the dressing with the vegetables in the large bowl until the veggies are covered.
  3. Place the coated vegetables in a baking dish and lay fresh rosemary over vegetables (if using).
  4. Bake at 350° F for 90 minutes.
Post Author
Branch Basics
We believe choices like the food we put in our bodies, the paint we put on our walls, and the cleaners we use around our homes have power; the power to rob us of good health or to cultivate it. We experienced this first-hand. Whether it was avoiding a looming kidney transplant, recovering a severely ill son that was medically deemed unrecoverable, being freed of debilitating mystery pain, overcoming long-term hormonal complications, or simply getting rid of cramps and dry eyes, our lives were transformed because of the power of real food and a non-toxic environment. Branch Basics is our passion project to help others do the same. So why cleaning products? Well, because 1) cleaners and laundry detergents have a major impact on our air quality and overall health, 2) switching to healthy cleaning is much easier than kicking a sugar addiction, 3) the world is in need of truly safe cleaners that work and 4) everyone cleans! 🙂 If we can help change even one person’s life for the better with our products and education, then we consider it a success. But of course, it is our utmost desire to enable and inspire as many people as we possibly can to live life clean and experience the power of pure as we have. We’d love for you to join us and help us spread the word!