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Side Dishes & Snacks

Healthy Side dishes and snack recipes from The Roasted Root, a nutrition-focused food blog.

Roasted Garlic Mashed Cauliflower (Keto)

Roasted Garlic Mashed Cauliflower is an easy, healthy low-carb side dish. This keto recipe is a lovely alternative to mashed potatoes, and comes together quickly!

If you’re a.) staying mindful of your carb intake, b.) love cauliflower in any form, c.) can’t eat nightshades (potatoes), or d.) just love clean food, this mashed cauliflower recipe is for you!

The only time-consuming part about this recipe is roasting the garlic, which can be done up to 1 week in advance! Because the garlic doesn’t require much oversight, you can multi-task while it is roasting.

Roasted garlic turns otherwise subtle-tasting cauliflower mash into a flavor fest. All we need is a few ingredients for the garlic mashed cauliflower. Check it out!

Keto Mashed Cauliflower with roasted garlic - low-carb, easy to make, flavorful and delicious!

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Maple Cinnamon Roasted Delicata Squash

Maple Cinnamon Roasted Delicata Squash has an amazing soft yet crispy texture with warm maple-cinnamon flavors. This easy, healthy side dish recipe is perfect for sharing and can easily be made any night of the week!

Maple Cinnamon Roasted Delicata Squash is also known as that guaranteed way I will eat an entire delicata squash in one sitting each and every time.

What can I say? When it comes to vegetables that taste like candy, I just can’t resist.

Let’s back up. 

Have you tried delicata squash? 

Perhaps the most underrated of all the winter squash, delicata squash is very naturally sweet with a creamy texture and a bit of a pumpkin-meets-butternut squash essence to it. 

If I played favorites, delicata could quite possibly be my favorite squash!

When roasted with maple syrup and cinnamon, delicata squash is simply irresistible. Plus, it’s a great source of potassium and fiber, Vitamins B and C and beta-carotene. 

Maple Cinnamon Roasted Delicata Squash is a healthy side dish #paleo #glutenfree #holiday

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Turmeric Roasted Cauliflower (Vegan, Paleo, Keto)

Turmeric Roasted Cauliflower is a colorful side dish with anti-inflammatory health benefits to give your immune system a little boost! Roasted cauliflower is one of those dishes I find to be a crowd-pleaser each and every time I make it.  In fact, I often double what I anticipate I’ll need, because people often end up …

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Creamy Brussel Sprout Casserole (Low-Carb)

Creamy Brussel Sprout Casserole with bacon and crispy topping is an amazing side dish to share with friends and family. Even the biggest brussel sprout naysayers will love this cheesy casserole!

Whip up this keto brussel sprout casserole recipe for your holiday gatherings for a comforting yet healthful low-carb side dish.

It was only a matter of time before we casseroled some brussel sprouts, am I right? Can I get a high-five? Down low? To the side?

Don’t cancel me.

It has been brought to my attention many times over the years that some folks don’t like brussel sprouts. As is true with most foods, I truly believe the appreciation depends on the way the dish was prepared. 

For me, an easy Sauteed Brussel Sprouts Recipe with Butter and Garlic is absolute perfection.

…but I’m not about to turn down some cheesy brussel sprouts, no way, no how!


That’s where this easy cheesy creamy casserole comes into play. It’s a proper swaddling of brussels in a lovely creamy sauce with crispy bacon crumble topping.

Cheesy Brussel Sprouts Au Gratin

You could call it brussel sprouts au gratin for an alternative way of looking at it 😉

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Gluten-Free Cornbread Stuffing

Gluten-Free Cornbread Stuffing with caramelized onion, mushrooms, and dried herbs is a fabulous side dish for Thanksgiving! 

Whether you’re using it to stuff a turkey or to serve straight up, this simple and delicious gluten-free stuffing recipe is sure to please.

In search of a gluten-free cornbread stuffing recipe to serve your family on Thanksgiving? WELL, you’re in the right spot, because this happens to be the BEST stuffing I’ve made, if I do say so myself!

Cooking for friends and family with dietary restrictions can be challenging, especially if you don’t have them yourself. Luckily, this recipe is both gluten-free and dairy-free, which I have found is a common combination of food intolerances among those with restrictions.

Bonus: It is also refined sugar-free!

Ingredients for gluten-free dairy-free cornbread stuffing

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Garlic Roasted Potatoes

Garlic Roasted Potatoes are an easy, crowd-pleasing side dish. This simple recipe requires minimal ingredients and is a marvelous way of adding starch to a meal.

A few months ago, I whipped up these garlic roasted potatoes for a family dinner, and of course they were well received. Carbs + butter + garlic is the ultimate trifecta for pleasing friends and family.

This easy roasted potatoes recipe results in perfectly tender yet crispy potatoes with that buttery garlic-herb carb bliss.

Have you roasted fingerling potatoes? I kind of love how easy they are to prepare because you don’t need to chop them first. These days, I go the path of least resistance, so if I can skip a step, I AM IN!

I’ve found roasted potatoes turn out best when twice cooked – first boiled to soften them up quickly, and next roasted to crisp them up and finish cooking them through.

You get that golden-brown feature from roasting them in the oven, but that delightful soft texture on the inside from the boiling.

Easy Garlic Roasted Potatoes with fresh herbs

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Caramelized Cabbage with Bacon (Keto, Paleo, Whole30)

Caramelized Cabbage with bacon is a flavorful, addicting healthy side dish perfect for serving with just about anything. Caramelizing Cabbage will turn even the biggest Cabbage naysayer into a believer!

This easy cabbage recipe is paleo, keto, whole30, easy to prepare, and a crowd pleaser!

We’ve all had caramelized onions, but have you ever tried caramelized cabbage?

Truth be told, I couldn’t tell you whether or not caramelized cabbage is a thing. I dreamt it up one day while I was thinking about making a cabbage stir fry and caramelized onions were simultaneously on my mind.

I thought it brilliant to slowly cook sliced cabbage until it was softened yet slightly crispy and deeply golden-brown for a crazy flavorful approach to the otherwise bland vegetable.

And it’s so easy to prepare! If you can caramelize an onion (which we will be doing in this recipe, too), then you can caramelize a cabbage!

The way I see it, caramelized cabbage can be used in all sorts of ways – as a straight up vegetable side dish, a condiment, topping for sandwiches, burgers, steak, or chicken. I would even use it in burritos, grilled cheese sandwiches of breakfast sandwiches. Go wild!

Cabbage is neutral in flavor, making it ideal for dishes using big bold flavors like onion, garlic, and bacon. It doesn’t take much to spruce it up and make it extra palatable.

Caramelized Cabbage Recipe with Bacon, onions, and garlic - a healthy, easy side dish

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Healthy Green Bean Casserole (Dairy-Free, Keto, Gluten-Free)

Healthy Green Bean Casserole made dairy-free and gluten-free is a marvelously flavorful side dish perfect for any gathering! This healthier green bean casserole recipe is fun to assemble and is the ultimate crowd-pleaser. Keto, low-carb, creamy and delicious!

Welcome to my newest obsession.

Truthfully, I was never a huge fan of green bean casserole… That is…until I made this recipe.

No lie. As it turns out, a good, fresh, health-conscious green bean casserole is actually ultra palate-pleasing! Now I feel as though I need to make up for lost time and put this beauty on repeat!

While this healthy green bean casserole is more involved than most of the recipes I post, the way I see it is we typically make a dish like this for a special occasion and special occasions call for special food.

Let me tell you, this casserole is AMAZING! It is well-worth the time and effort, is much healthier than classic green bean casserole, and will most definitely wow your guests!

Keto Green Bean Casserole made dairy-free and wheat-free for a healthier version. Amazing holiday side dish that is low-carb and delicious!

There are four main parts to preparing this recipe: caramelizing the onions for the topping, cooking the green beans, preparing the sauce, and finally, making the casserole itself.

Each step is super easy! If you look at the recipe as a series of steps, it won’t seem as daunting. Pro Tip: Read the whole recipe before you begin it so that you can figure out the best way of fitting it into your day.

Great news!: This casserole saves very well, so you can prepare it up to 4 days before the holiday feast or your big event.

Low-Carb Green Bean Casserole - keto-friendly made dairy-free and gluten-free

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