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Unique Root Vegetables and 18 Delicious Ways to Cook Them Up!

If it feels like we’ve all been eating root vegetables for months, it’s because we have. With at least one more month to go before fresh produce starts showing up here in Virginia, we’re still looking to root vegetables like carrots, beets, and sweet potatoes to round out dinner. But the world of root vegetables is actually much more diverse than you might think; some of the ugliest vegetables can make for a healthy and delicious dinner. You may have passed that knobby celery root or sunchoke up in favor of a jewel-toned carrot in the past, but you just might want to give these unique root vegetables another look!

Roots like parsnips, turnips, rutabagas, sunchokes, radishes, and celery root are all in season right now, and lend a distinct earthy deliciousness to all kinds of recipes. Why not try something new tonight? Head below for 18 fabulous recipes make with the most unlikely root vegetables!

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    Unpopular root vegetables like parsnips, turnips, radishes, and celery root are in season right now, and they're the perfect foods to add to your dinnertime repertoire!

  • Beef Stew with Winter Vegetables 2 of 19
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    Get cozy with this satisfying beef stew recipe made with sweet carrots and parsnips, not to mention celery, onions, and herbs.
    Babble Food has the recipe
    Image: Brooklyn Supper 

  • Celery Root Mash 3 of 19
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    Celery root may not look appetizing, but once you cut into this exceedingly homely root vegetable, you'll be amazed at the fresh, grassy aroma. It's like celery, magnified. And, celery root cooks up to a mildly flavored, silky mash — perfect for pairing with roasted meats or braised beans.
    Babble Food has the recipe
    Image: Stacie Billis 

  • Curried Carrot Tahini Slaw 4 of 19
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    Not only does this fresh slaw recipe feature the wonderful flavors of tahini and curry spices, it's also big on crisp, crunchy vegetables with carrots, radishes, and cabbage. Plus, a little apple and orange sweeten things up beautifully.
    Babble Food has the recipe
    Image: Kathy Patalsky 

  • Winter Vegetable Cottage Pie 5 of 19
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    This scrumptious casserole is hearty and filling — perfect for chilly nights. The featured ingredient is parsley root, which lends distinct flavor to this cottage pie.
    Babble Food has the recipe
    Image: Brooklyn Supper 

  • Potato Parsnip Soup 6 of 19
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    Winter vegetables get seriously smoky and delicious with this scrumptious parsnip and potato soup topped with crumbled bacon!
    Babble Food has the recipe
    Image: Brooklyn Supper

  • Roasted Winter Root Vegetables 7 of 19
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    Once you have this classic roasted vegetable recipe down pat, you can make endless variations on the theme. From winter squash to rutabagas, you'll be eating healthfully all winter long.
    Babble Food has the recipe
    Image: Julie Van Rosendaal 

  • Celery Root and Cauliflower Puree 8 of 19
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    A simple vegetable mash, made with celery root and cauliflower, is an excellent alternative to mashed potatoes. This healthy dish is a wonderful base for all kinds of late winter flavors, from greens to sausage to lentils. Give it a try tonight!
    Gourmande in the Kitchen has the recipe
    Image: Gourmande in the Kitchen 

  • Roasted Root Vegetable Fajitas 9 of 19
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    Serve up a healthy pile of delicious roasted vegetables for dinner with this simple recipe for loaded fajitas!
    With Food and Love has the recipe
    Image: With Food and Love 

  • Black Radish and Grape Quinoa Salad 10 of 19
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    With a matte black exterior, the aptly-named black radish looks anything but appetizing. But underneath the rough outer skin, black radishes are surprisingly tasty. Here they're roasted, along with grapes for a satisfying take on quinoa salad.
    Brooklyn Supper has the recipe
    Image: Brooklyn Supper

  • Curry Spiced Cauliflower and Parsnip Soup 11 of 19
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    Create a flavorful bowl of late winter warmth with this curry spiced cauliflower and parsnip soup.
    Savory Simple has the recipe
    Image: Savory Simple 

  • Rosemary Roasted Radishes 12 of 19
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    Radishes are most often served in the raw, but a quick stint in the oven does wonders for this spicy root. For this recipe, radishes are roasted with rosemary, and make for a flavorful side dish.
    Running to the Kitchen has the recipe
    Image: Running to the Kitchen 

  • Apple Radish Slaw 13 of 19
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    This incredibly fresh and crunchy salad made with apples, radishes, and carrots is just the thing to liven up late winter eating!
    The Lemon Bowl has the recipe
    Image: The Lemon Bowl 

  • Chicken Soup with Rutabaga and Greens 14 of 19
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    Rutabagas lend heartiness to this satisfying spring soup recipe. Versatile and adaptable, this soup can be a great jumping off point for making use of all kinds of odds and ends from your crisper.
    Healthy Green Kitchen has the recipe
    Image: Healthy Green Kitchen 

  • Roasted Rutabaga with Pomegranate Arils 15 of 19
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    Crispy panko, herbaceous gremolata, and juicy pomegranate arils lend texture and sophistication to everyday roasted rutabagas. This easy recipe is just the thing for a casual dinner party!
    Brooklyn Supper has the recipe
    Image: Brooklyn Supper

  • Radish Tarts 16 of 19
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    Turn radishes into these adorable, delicious little tarts! They're a cinch to make and that means they're just the thing for springtime gatherings.
    Spa Bettie has the recipe
    Image: Spa Bettie 

  • Romanesco, Celery Root, and Broccoli Soup 17 of 19
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    Finally — a great way to use that mystery of the produce aisle, celery root! Bacon gives this velvety, veggie-packed soup incredible smoky flavor.
    Pineapple and Coconut has the recipe
    Image: Pineapple and Coconut 

  • Tuna Salad with Radishes and Parsley 18 of 19
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    Give everyday tuna salad a kick of flavor with the addition of spicy radishes! You'll love this lively take on the lunchtime staple.
    Always Order Dessert has the recipe
    Image: Always Order Dessert 

  • Parsnip Irish Soda Bread 19 of 19
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    Sweet parsnips are the secret ingredient in this healthier Irish soda bread recipe. The recipe is the perfect wholesome baking project!
    Cupcake Project has the recipe
    Image: Cupcake Project 

More from Brooklyn Supper on Babble:
The Surprising Health Benefits of Cruciferous Vegetables and 14 Ways to Eat Them
Healthy Lunch Made Easy: Spinach Salad with Broccoli and Red Peppers

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