Roasted Earth Veggies aka “Veggie Homefries”

by Her Happy Balance on July 11, 2013

One of the major perks to being a part of a CSA, is the fact that I always have tons of produce hanging around. The being said, the produce that is taking up space on those refrigerated shelves is some of the most rand-o veggies ever. I had a big bunch of kholrabi sitting in the veggie keeper for at least three weeks (apparently it has a long shelf life) and I decided I wanted to actually use it before its magical staying power wore off. I had never even heard of kohlrabi before, let alone tried cooking with it. After a little research, here’s the recipe I came up with – I like to think of it as a veggie alternative to fried potatoes.

Roasted Earth Veggies:

1 Bunch kohlrabi (~4 kohlrabies)
1 Bunch golden beets (~3 beets)
1 Bunch scarlet turnips (~4 turnips)
2 Tbsp. olive oil
2 Tsp. white vinegar
5 Cloves garlic, crushed
1 Tbsp. Jerk seasoning
Salt & pepper to taste

Preheat oven to 450 degrees. Wash and peel all your veggies. Then chop them up into half inch pieces. Combine all your veggies in a bowl and toss with olive oil and crushed garlic. Then sprinkle a little white vinegar on top.


Line a baking sheet with tinfoil, and spread your chopped veggies out on it in a single layer. Add salt and pepper to taste.


Place the veggies in the oven for 30 minutes, flipping the veggies with a spatula every 5 minutes. It is important to flip the veggies often so as to avoid over-browning them. After about 10 minutes of cooking, add your desired seasoning. I used jerk seasoning, but I think cumin or something else with some kick would also work well.

veggie homefries

Serve as a side dish 🙂

Have you ever heard of kohlrabi? Cooked with it?
Whats your favorite summer side dish?

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Hannah @ CleanEatingVeggieGirl July 11, 2013 at 8:17 am

YUM! I love roasted turnip fries, but I will have to incorporate in some beets and kohlrabi (which I don’t think I have ever had before) next time!

Her Happy Balance July 12, 2013 at 10:02 am

The kohlrabi was a first for me too, but it was very mild and tasty 🙂

Meghan @ fitnesscrEATures July 11, 2013 at 9:17 am

Oh, Lesleeee this looks so yummy!! I love roasted veggies more than anything! Ever since I first tried roasted Brussels, I’ve been married to roasted veggies. It’s just so good (surprisingly to a new healthy eater a few years ago!). Next time you come down here, you will be required to check a luggage and bring me some fresh veggies. I love your CSA goodies!
Super cute photos girly! 😉
I love cumin but have never thought to use it in something like this.. I usually throw it in my guacamole!
What’s the purpose of the white vinegar? I typically use olive oil to do my veggies, never thought of vinegar…. This is why you’re the best!! Have a lovely day beautiful bloggy besty! MISS YOU! Haha, can I say that? 🙂
Today’s math is a doozy… Hopefully this comment gets posted!

Her Happy Balance July 12, 2013 at 11:01 am

Dearest, Meghan – it is NEVER too early to say you miss me! I miss you too, of course 🙂 Still can’t believe last weekend actually happened!
I have never put cumin in guacamole, but that is such a good idea! Maybe I’ll use it on nachos too. I have officially been spice-inspired. It’s a thing, go with it.
So the white vinegar was just to balance out the veggie taste. I thought the veggies may come out too sweet, so I thought a little sour could help. plus I originally was thinking that the oil and vinegar could be a little marinade so that’s how it made it’s way into this recipe.
Congrats on having your comment posted and completing the math question correctly!! I get a lot of nine times table questions, thank god for the finger trick (please tell me you know what I’m talking about) or I would never get 9×6 at 9 in the morning. Hope you had a wonderful day, darling! I’m sure we’ll be chatting over the weekend 😉 <33

Charlotte @ Commitness to Fitness July 11, 2013 at 10:02 am

just when you think you’re 30 years old and can identify all your vegetables, kohlrabi pops into your life! i had never heard of it before this post! so i clicked on your link and that NYT article is amazing – and now between you and that article i now want kohlrabi for dinner! your recipe looks delicious!!

Her Happy Balance July 12, 2013 at 10:03 am

Cute NYT article, right? It was really a very mild veggie, now that I’ve had it once I don’t feel so “nervous” about what to do with it for next time.

Chelsea @ LittleOneRuns July 11, 2013 at 10:15 am

I have never heard of this! Looks great though! I kind of want to go into a grocery store and ask if they have it (even though I know they don’t) just for the look on their face 🙂 I love fruit salads, the more sugar the better right??

Her Happy Balance July 12, 2013 at 10:04 am

It is a very “old-fashioned” veggie, I’m fairly sure it was a staple on my German great-grandmother’s dinner table. I really liked it though, very mild.

Beth Sheridan @sugarcoatedsheridans July 11, 2013 at 10:42 am

I’ve never heard of that, but I LOVE some roasted veggies! My favorite summer side dish is fresh veggies in a foil packet on a grill…I swear it doesn’t matter what you put in there with just a touch of olive oil and I will be scraping the packet at the end!!

Her Happy Balance July 12, 2013 at 10:04 am

I always forget that that is a great way to grill, pouches full of fun veggies 🙂

meredith July 11, 2013 at 10:47 am

I have never heard of it but if one can roast it, I bet I would like it! Hmm, I don’t know what my favorite side dish is these days. After becoming a vegetarian, I feel like side dishes have turned into my main course.

Her Happy Balance July 12, 2013 at 10:05 am

You’re not the first vegetarian that has said that side dishes have essentially become their dinners. The sides are always the fun part of my dinner so I don’t see anything wrong with that 🙂

Caitlin July 11, 2013 at 10:53 am

Way to use new veggies, girl! I would never have come up with that, but that’s why I leave the cooking to Joe and stick with baking 😛 And those totally look like homefries, so I would definitely eat them without realizing what they are…nice way to trick people who don’t necessarily like veggies 😉

Her Happy Balance July 12, 2013 at 10:07 am

Seriously, send Joe to Philly to cook for me! And I didn’t think of the side as homefries until I saw the finished product, they really do look similar!

Brittany July 11, 2013 at 11:10 am

Yes…just yes. These earth fries look so amazing. I have heard of kohlrabi, but I have never used it before!! I NEED TO!

Her Happy Balance July 12, 2013 at 10:14 am

I think you’ll like it, it’s relatively mild and I think it mostly takes on the flavor of how you season it…that goes for when you cook it anyway. Not sure what it tastes like raw…

Andrea @ pencils and pancakes July 11, 2013 at 11:15 am

Those look good….I have been keeping my eye out for kohlrabi at the grocery store with no luck. We have been getting beets in our CSA for. Couple weeks

Her Happy Balance July 12, 2013 at 10:52 am

Yeah the CSA is great for getting funky veggies 🙂 I’ve now tried regular beets and golden beets…taste the same, just different colors.

Alex @ therunwithin July 11, 2013 at 12:14 pm

I love love love roasting things like this! you having inspired my grocery list tomorrow

Her Happy Balance July 12, 2013 at 10:52 am

Yay for grocery inspiration! Definitely pick up some nice, fresh summer veggies 🙂

Jess @ JessieBear What Will You Wear? July 11, 2013 at 12:53 pm

This looks so tasty!!

Her Happy Balance July 12, 2013 at 10:14 am

Thanks, Jess! 🙂

Nicole @ FruitnFitness July 11, 2013 at 1:06 pm

Oh this sounds good! I tried snacking on kohlrabi when my parents were in town over the fourth. My mom sliced it and we ate it raw with hummus and I really liked the crunchy texture!

Her Happy Balance July 12, 2013 at 10:53 am

I haven’t tried it raw yet, I’m curious for how that tastes! Anything paired with hummus is usually a win though 🙂

De @ Cooking for the Other Half July 11, 2013 at 2:22 pm

This looks awesome!!!! I’ve never heard of these little guys, kohlrabi, but now I am definitely intrigued.

Her Happy Balance July 12, 2013 at 10:54 am

It was a first for me too. It was really a very mild veggie, turnip-like. I liked the taste, it basically took on the flavor of the seasoning I used.

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