These Roasted Vegetable Recipes Make The Best Side Dishes

Roasted vegetables just taste better than steamed or boiled, although we can't deny we love a good stir-fry. Virtually every veggie holds up to a quick session in the oven, and the tasty flavor that comes from baking makes roasted veggies a fantastic side dish to your favorite dinners.

Roasting vegetables is not only an easy way to work more healthy eats into your diet, but it's also pretty low effort. Simply arrange your chopped cauliflower florets or sliced carrots on a single baking sheet, drizzle with some oil, season, and away you go.

There's also a lot of room for creativity. Make the most of your go-to seasonings and spice blends, or add a handful of freshly chopped herbs. Sprinkle cheese or chopped bacon into your roasted veggie side dish. You can also use the same tasty marinades you'd slather on meat to boost the flavor of your roasted veggies. But at the end of the day, a little olive oil, salt, and pepper are all you really need to make scrumptious roasted veggies. Read on if you're ready to try the simplest, most flavorful roasted vegetable recipes out there.

Roasted carrots

Tender with a bit of crunch and natural sweetness, a serving of roasted carrots goes with just about everything. Although they're available year-round, carrots taste best when they're in season in the fall, making them a great side dish to serve with cozy fall comfort dishes. They're superb with everything from beef to fish to chicken to more veggies — you name it. This simple recipe is always a smash hit, making it a fixture on our tables no matter the season.

Roasted cauliflower

If you've never tried roasted cauliflower before, you've been missing out in a big way. Cauliflower is chock-full of nutrients and has a wonderful nutty, sweet flavor when cooked — especially when baked in an oven. A generous coating of melted butter and garlic seasoning goes brilliantly with that slight nuttiness, transforming the humble vegetable into a hard-to-resist side dish. Roasted cauliflower only takes five minutes to prep, so if you need to throw together a quick side but don't want to sacrifice taste, this one's for you.

Roasted butternut squash

With a tantalizing combo of spicy and sweet, this super simple roasted butternut squash dish is another fantastic roasted vegetable recipe that takes little to no effort and yields amazing results. Butternut squash's inherent sweetness is highlighted with a few spoonfuls of maple syrup, but the red chili flakes help tame that sweetness into a palate-pleasing harmony. There are loads of variations on this killer roasted squash recipe. It's worth trying them all.

Roasted Brussels sprouts

If you're a sprouts skeptic, this roasted Brussels sprouts recipe is sure to convert you to a full-on fan. Brussels sprouts take on a phenomenal nutty flavor when roasted, almost turning a little sweet. It's the ideal way to prepare sprouts if you're not keen on their naturally bitter taste. This take is full of flavor, thanks to ingredients like fish sauce, chili, garlic, and lime, and it's ready to serve after just 20 minutes in the oven.

Roasted broccoli

It's absurdly simple to make this five-ingredient roasted broccoli recipe. It's ideal for busy weeknights when you want to make a quick, healthy side dish. Broccoli is a nutritious addition to any diet and tastes excellent when roasted. Lemon juice adds a pop of flavor to the vegetable, while the rich golden brown that comes from roasting the florets is as beautiful as it is delicious. This simple roasted broccoli recipe is as effortless as it gets, making it a real winner in our book.

Crispy roasted Parmesan broccoli

Sticking on the broccoli theme, we move onto this crispy roasted Parmesan broccoli recipe, which may very well reign king of all broccoli recipes. The cheesy and zesty lemon-garlic breadcrumbs are a perfect accompaniment to the tender broccoli florets. If you have any fussy eaters in your family, adding cheese to broccoli is surely a clever way to coax them into eating more vegetables. Our advice? Don't skimp on the Parmesan.