Cooking sheet pan roasted vegetables are super easy to make and a healthy meal. My Roasted Vegetable Recipe with Orange Balsamic Glaze is easy and tasty for dinner any night of the week. Toss in a balsamic and oil base and roast until perfectly tender and charred. The mix of hearty and light vegetables is so great you won't even notice you're enjoying a meat-free meal.
Once you know the basics you can create your own combinations of vegetables.
What are the Best Vegetables for Roasting?
Almost any vegetable can be roasted on a sheet pan.
Root vegetables like potatoes, carrots, parsnips, sweet potatoes are great to roast for a complete meal of roasted vegetables. The root vegetables become the main food item.
Broccoli, brussels sprouts, zucchini, onions, cauliflower, bell peppers, are lighter and roast faster; these are like a side dish to compliment the root vegetables.
Mix it all together and you have an amazing meal of roasted vegetables.
How to Roast Vegetables on a Sheet Pan in the Oven
- Roasting vegetables requires a high temperature, this allows for a beautiful color and texture without drying out the vegetables.
- Use a baking sheet lined with parchment paper for easy cleanup. You can also line your pan with foil, but I prefer the parchment paper.
- Toss the vegetables with oil or another glaze, make sure they’re entirely coated. This recipe uses a mix of orange juice, balsamic, and olive oil to make a beautiful and flavorful glaze on the vegetables.
- Use two sheet pans to roast the vegetables, one for the root vegetables that take longer and the other for the ones that cook faster. Of course, if your only making a small amount, say for one person to use half the pan for the vegetables that take longer and add the other vegetables halfway through cooking time.
Common Questions about Roasting Vegetables
Should you cover vegetables when roasting in the oven?
No, covering will steam the vegetables instead of roasting and you would get the crispy caramelized roasted vegetables.
What temperature do you roast vegetables?
Cooking too low and slow and the vegetables will end up mushy. Cooking at too high of a temperature will burn the vegetables. 350-375 is a good temp for roasting vegetables.
Why are my vegetables soggy?
Crowding the pan with vegetables pushed up next to each other or arranged in will steam the vegetables rather than roast them. Vegetables give off moisture and if there is no room for the moisture to escape you end up with soggy vegetables
- Sheet Pans – I use this jelly roll pan from Nordicware. I have a small oven, and it fits perfectly, so I own two, and they are a must-have in my kitchen. If you don't have a sheet pan a 12-inch cast-iron skillet works great, just be sure not to crown the veggies.
- Parchment Paper – I keep the precut and roll on hand at all times.
- Large Bowl – Any large mixing bowl you have on hand is all you need.
- Tongs or large slotted spoon – Use these to transfer the vegetables from the bowl to the sheet pan.
- Chefs Knife – I own this Santoku knife and it is a dream to work with; however, any sharp chef's knife is sufficient.
- Cutting Board – Bamboo is easier on your knives.
Sheet Pan Roasted Vegetables
- 1 medium sweet potato skin on, sliced into ¼-inch rounds
- 2 lsmall parsnips trim ends rinsed and quartered
- 1 cup cauliflower florets
- ¾-1 cup broccoli cut into large bite-sizes pieces
- 1 tablespoon olive oil neutral oil
- 2 teaspoons balsamic vinegar
- 2 tablespoons fresh squeezed orange juice
- ½ avocado peeled and diced
- ½ cup dried long grain rice
- Sea salt to taste
- Preheat oven to 400 degrees F (204 C)
- Cook rice to package instructions.
- Add the cut sweet potato, carrot and parsnip to a large bowl and toss to coat with the balsamic, orange juice and olive oil.
- Line two baking sheets with parchment paper, the baking sheets should be large enough to lay all the vegetables out in a single layer without crowding. The vegetables need a little space so they cook up evenly.
- Add the sweet potato, brussel sprouts, and parsnip to the first baking sheet and cook for 15 minutes.
- Next, add the cauliflower and broccoli to the bowl with the remaining olive oil and toss to
lightly coat with the remaining balsamic and olive oil.
- After the carrots, parsnips have been roasting for about 20 minutes add the broccoli and cauliflower to
the second sheet pan and sprinkle a little sea salt over the vegetables and bake for an additional 15-20 minutes.
- Remove from oven and enjoy immediately. Divide the cooked rice and top with the roasted vegetables for a complete low calorie and healthy meal for two.