Roasted Parsnips & Carrots with Dairy-Free Shallot Herb Butter


Would you believe me if I told you one of my favorite recipes this month came from Consumer Reports? Last year, while traveling to a gluten-free and dairy-free meet-up, I picked up a copy of ShopSmart at the airport. It was a magazine by Consumer Reports that’s unfortunately no longer print. It included product reviews, money saving guides, everyday living tips, and even some recipes! Oh how I miss that magazine. But it lives on with this deliciously easy and affordable recipe for roasted parsnips and carrots.

Roasted Parsnips and Carrots with Dairy-Free Shallot Herb Butter Recipe - also vegan, gluten-free and allergy-friendly

However, I did make a few changes to their original roasted parsnips recipe. I added instructions and ingredients for using dried herbs, and of course I made the recipe dairy-free! But trust me, this dairy-free version is as good as the “real thing.”

And you can use whatever ratio of carrots and parsnips that you like. You can even swap in another root vegetable, if needed. But I do recommend these two roots for their amazing complimentary flavors.

Roasted Parsnips and Carrots with Dairy-Free Shallot Herb Butter Recipe - also vegan, gluten-free and allergy-friendly

Special Diet Notes: Roasted Parsnips and Carrots

By ingredients, this recipe is dairy-free / non-dairy, egg-free, gluten-free, grain-free, nut-free, peanut-free, optionally soy-free, vegan, plant-based, and vegetarian.

For paleo roasted parsnips, you can swap coconut oil and a pinch of salt for the buttery spread.

Roasted Parsnips and Carrots with Dairy-Free Shallot Herb Butter
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This recipe was adapted from the March 2012 issue of ShopSmart magazine by Consumer Reports. These vegetables make a great side dish to any meal, but I also adored them atop a big green salad for a hearty wintertime twist.
Serves: 4 to 6 servings
  • 1 to 1¼ pounds parsnips, peeled and cut into ¾-inch chunks
  • 1 to 1¼ pounds carrots, peeled and cut into ¾-inch chunks
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ½ teaspoon black pepper
  • 1½ tablespoons dairy-free buttery spread (I used Earth Balance Organic Coconut Spread)
  • 1 small to medium shallot, minced
  • ½ tablespoon dried chives or 1 tablespoon fresh chives
  • ½ teaspoon dried thyme or 1½ teaspoons fresh thyme
  1. Preheat your oven to 450ºF and grease or line one or two baking sheets with a silicone baking mat or parchment paper.
  2. Put the parsnips, carrots, oil, salt, and pepper in a large bowl and stir to evenly coat.
  3. Spread the veggies out onto your prepared baking sheet(s) in a single layer. Ideally, the veggies will be spaced out so that they aren’t touching one another.
  4. Roast for 35 to 40 minutes, stirring every 15 minutes to help them cook evenly.
  5. If using dried herbs, heat the buttery spread in a small pan over medium-low heat. Add the shallot, chives, and thyme, and sauté for just a minute. The shallot will soften a bit and the herbs will become fragrant. If using fresh herbs, you can jump straight to the next step.
  6. When you remove the vegetables from the oven, while they are still hot, toss them with the buttery spread, shallots, and herbs to coat.
  7. Store leftovers in airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 2 days.

Books by Alisa Fleming

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About Author

Alisa is the founder of, Food Editor for Allergic Living magazine, and author of the best-selling dairy-free book, Go Dairy Free: The Guide and Cookbook for Milk Allergies, Lactose Intolerance, and Casein-Free Living, and the new cookbook, Eat Dairy Free: Your Essential Cookbook for Everyday Meals, Snacks, and Sweets. Alisa is also a professional recipe creator and product ambassador for the natural food industry.


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