Roasted Root Vegetables w/ Feta & Pumpkin Seeds

Roasted Root Vegetables w/ Feta & Pumpkin Seeds

Me and beets? We didn’t always get along. I didn’t like how they were dark and mushy and tasted of tin. You see, ed I had never had the pleasure of tasting a fresh beet perfectly prepared. I was only acquainted with beets from a can. These days, me and beets are like BFFs. I like them raw and crunchy in a salad, or tossed with pasta and gorgonzola. But most of all, I like them roasted. Beets are at their best when roasted. Kind of sweet and starchy and earthy. The perfect fall side dish.

Roasted Root Vegetables w/ Feta & Pumpkin Seeds

For this recipe, I roasted beets and parsnips with a little olive oil and salt. After they were browned and toasty, I sprinkled them with crumbled feta and crunchy pumpkin seeds. I loved the contrast between the roasted vegetables, the sharp cheese and nutty seeds. It was a delicious side and we ate far more than we should have. A side note for you runners out there: we had an excellent long run the next day and I’m pretty sure we got that good energy from these beets.

Roasted Root Vegetables w/ Feta & Pumpkin Seeds

So, if you and beets aren’t on speaking terms, I suggest a reconciliation with this recipe. I’m sure you’ll find that you and beets get along just fine.


  1. I’m not awfully fond of beets, but you do make them look tasty here. I don’t recall ever seeing fresh beets at the market, though..I wonder if I could find any?

  2. I always like beets when I eat them, but I don’t typically go out of my way to do so. There always seems to be something else I’d rather eat. This recipe might make me seek them out, and might convince the boyfriend to eat them too!

  3. I have tried beets and so far still don’t like them but I’m going to keep trying! Maybe it’s that I’ve only had canned? I just joined a CSA so I’m looking forward to getting fresh ones and trying out some various recipes and this one looks perfect!

  4. Beth – I just get mine at the grocery store. They have loads.

    Rachel – My husband scarfed them down. No one can resist cheese!

    Dawn – Canned ones are gross! If you joined a CSA, I’m sure you’ll be getting lots of fresh beets in your weekly box. That’s how I got to like mine :)

  5. I love beets! I only discovered the fresh variety in the last few years. I’ve never tried canned (gross!) but we used to buy the pre-pickled ones at the store…defo still have a soft spot for those.

    This looks like the perfect autumnal side dish – if feta and parsnips are involved then I am ON BOARD. Great photos too!

  6. i have not had beets since i was a child! I have to try this, looks SO good!

  7. I don’t think I like beets either (hated them as a child) but this recipe looks so good I’m going to try it. I’m going to blag a beet or two from my allotment buddy and see how it goes.

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  9. I LOVE beets and am always looking for interesting new ways to use them. The contrasting colors, textures and tastes in this dish sound perfect. – S

  10. So yummy I thought about having the leftovers for breakfast! Thanks for the great recipe. I never would have thought of the pepitas; they were a nice touch.

  11. Wow, these sound and look so good! Thanks for sharing your recipe!

  12. This was so yummy! Thanks!

  13. I love your recipe and the combination of ingredients. Looks very appetizing.
    thank you for sharing.

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