Roasted Fall Vegetables with Apples and Cranberries

Roasted Fall Vegetables with Apples and Cranberries

Roasted Fall Vegetables with Apples and Cranberries


Thank you for joining Deborah and me for another hopefully inspiring Meatless Monday! Since Thanksgiving is just around the corner I thought I would share my Roasted Fall Vegetables. It makes a delicious side for Thanksgiving as well as a side or main dish any time of year, yes I’ll get to that.


Roasted Fall Vegetables with Apples and Cranberries

Roasted Fall Vegetables with Apples and Cranberries


It’s no secret we love our sweet potatoes and Brussels, well my hubby not so much lately because he says S and I burnt him out with our obsession of them. I can’t said he doesn’t have a point because there were weeks I was roasting up over 4 pounds and we were devouring them. I also love my cranberries, yep no secret there either. Put them all on a baking sheet with some apples and roast them and you have one sweet side dish! I could probably just eat this, and my cranberries and be one happy girl at Thanksgiving. Just give me all the veggies and my cranberries!




Speaking of cranberries. I took this picture of a bowl of cranberries at the Pinch Of Yum Workshop I attended last week. With this and things being a little crazy I decided not to post last Friday as I wanted to focus on the workshop. It was so inspiring and so much information. I really hope to up my photography game, which I really laughed at last night with the time change and it being dark at 5pm. More so with making the pictures not only visually appealing but consistent and a reflection of me. This is so hard with the changes the blog has gone through over the years, me just doing it for fun and not caring (but really caring), and trying to figure out if there is a future for it. I know my style, I can see it in everything except my food photos. While my photography skills were basically non existent when I started (I could take photos of everything except food it seemed) and really didn’t put much thought into it the food was fun. You could see the fun in the sprinkles, the wands in a smoothie, the fun artistic yet not over the top food like the girls bear sandwiches, apples that look like turtles, or snail apple and celery snacks. We still have fun foods but they’re usually simple snacks that don’t make it to the blog, more about plating for entertaining, or some I can’t get to photograph well so I just don’t share.

I want to get all the feeling to show in the photos. While you don’t see the dancing around the kitchen, sprinkling ingredients like confetti, all the giggles of the girls, whipped cream smiles, the relaxing on the deck while enjoying coffee and pancakes, and all the faces of the first bites when they try things. Well the good faces not the squinty ones like you just ate a sour lemon. I want others to look at the pictures and smile, or maybe have some of the same feelings I had while making or eating it.

The point of my ramblings is I feel so inspired after the workshop and then headed up with A to my parents house for the weekend and just let it all soak in. I have so many things on my list. Things I want to change about my photos, how I take them, my workflow, and maybe even what I post. I obviously don’t post every snack, meal, and drink we eat. I use to post mostly my smoothies and the kids fun eats, snacks, then things changed a little and I was posting more meals with friends and family asking me for ideas, of course desserts because those are some of my favorites. I try to keep it a mix right now. Things aren’t going to happen over night and I’m ok with that. I have things in progress, photos already taken, recipes already written but hoping to improve things over the coming months and find a direction and path for the future.


Roasted Fall Vegetables with Apples and Cranberries

Roasted Fall Vegetables with Apples and Cranberries


Roasted Fall Vegetables with Apples and Cranberries

Roasted Fall Vegetables with Apples and Cranberries


Back to this simple yet flavor and nutrition packed dish, there’s not much to say about it other than it’s good and good for you! It’s packed with so many of my favorite fall flavors. While I like the apples with a little bite still to them you can add them at the beginning with all the other veggies for softer apples. It bakes up quick and leftovers are delicious as well so I always make extra, well try to. Also easy to make into a main dish with tweaks. It’s delicious with a big spoonful of hummus, or a drizzle of Maple Tahini, or even with a poached egg or two. Perfect for a quick dinner or breakfast if I make a big pan of these veggies. Or with any protein of choice if desired.


Roasted Fall Vegetables with Apples and Cranberries

Roasted Fall Vegetables with Apples and Cranberries


Roasted Fall Vegetables with Apples and Cranberries
Makes about 6-8 servings, more a smaller side dish
2lb Brussels sprouts, halved
2 large sweet potatoes, peeled and chopped into approx 1″ chunks (about 1.5 lbs)
2 large apples, peeled and sliced (used Honeycrisp, cut into 12 slices, than slices cut in half)
1- 1 1/2c fresh cranberries
1/2c nuts, pecans, walnuts, cashew, or a blend, optional (used a local nut mix from the market, Isadore Nuts Cinnamon Spice blend of pecans, walnuts, cashews)
1 TBSP coconut oil, or coconut oil spray
Seasoning Blend
1 TBSP coconut palm sugar, or can sub brown sugar
1 tsp sea salt
1/2 tsp cinnamon
1/2 tsp espresso powder
1/4-1/2 tsp fresh ground nutmeg (about 30 seconds of grinding fresh nutmeg by hand)
1/4 tsp granulated garlic


Preheat oven to 400F. In a small bowl mix together ingredients to make the seasoning blend, set aside. Spray rimmed baking sheet with coconut oil spray. If using coconut oil drizzle a little on the pan and spread to coat the bottom of the pan. Spread brussels sprouts and sweet potatoes on the baking sheet and spray with a little coconut oil spray or drizzle with coconut oil and toss to coat. Sprinkle on the seasoning blend tossing veggies as needed. If you want softer apples you can also sprinkle them on top. Place in the oven and bake for 20 minutes before tossing and adding apples if you haven’t already and the cranberries. Return to the oven and cook for 20-25 minutes until potatoes and brussels are tender and roasted. Put on a serving platter, top with optional nuts if desired. Enjoy!
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Roasted Fall Vegetables with Apples and Cranberries Gluten free and vegan

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74 Responses to Roasted Fall Vegetables with Apples and Cranberries

  1. Renee says:

    Yummmm our brains are on the same page this week Sarah. I love warm fall veggies that are super hearty and filling. I made a salad and if my brain had been fully on I totally should have added cranberries! Thanks for hosting!
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  2. Annmarie says:

    YUM! This really does look perfect for Thanksgiving!!! Shared and pinned- thanks so much for the linkup!
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  3. Rachel says:

    This looks delicious, as always!
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  4. Courtney says:

    This looks delicious– so many great colors and flavors!
    Thank you for hosting! 🙂
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  5. I made the hugest plate of roasted veggies last night and then ate them all! Love the espresso powder in here too. Yum have a great meatless Monday
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  6. What a cool experience! I heard them speak at a Food Blog Forum conference and have wanted to go to their workshop ever since.
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  7. Lauren says:

    Oh yum! I love all these roasted veggies! Your food conference sounds fabulous. I am def in your same boat– I feel like my food pics right now are not a reflection of my style at all…working on this!
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    • awhiskandtwowands says:

      Thank you, they are and it was! It’s so hard but I’m working on it and I’m hoping to get there soon.

  8. Julie says:

    Your photos make my mouth water! I love roasted veggies!

  9. Alexa says:

    I have had Brussels sprouts 3 times this week. I may have to make that a 4th! This is truly a cornucopia of flavors. Beautiful dish for the holidays!
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  10. Kim says:

    This is my favorite link from the Healthy Living Blogging Boost! I love the photos and it look so yummy. I am making this soon!
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  11. Oh girl, you nailed this. Could be my favorite fall side ever!!!! YUM!
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  12. Love the addition of cranberries in this! Definitely one of the fruits I don’t think of or use nearly as much as I want to.

  13. Kerri Olkjer says:

    YUM! I want to make this right now. Pinning.

  14. I’ve been loooooving roasted vegetables lately, but I haven’t thought about adding in cranberries! What a fun flavor!
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  15. Carmy says:

    I love that extra pop of colour the cranberries give it too!
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  16. This is definitely the first time I’ve ever seen espresso powder on roasted veggies. I am SO intrigued.
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    • awhiskandtwowands says:

      Oh Alisa you have to check out my Espresso Roasted Carrots! Also next time you’re at Trader Joe’s check out their Espresso Rub Seasoning… it’s great on veggies and so much more!

  17. I love everything about these roasted fall vegetables! Talk about a showstopper side dish – this is it!
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  18. Abbey Sharp says:

    Espresso Powder? YUM! I’ve got to try this mix
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  19. what a fun way to roast veggies! an espresso powder, hmmm. i make a similar type salad with bread and cheese 🙂

    • awhiskandtwowands says:

      YES! I fell in love with an espresso seasoning at Trader Joe’s and trying to perfect it at home. Need to check out your salad!

  20. Ilka says:

    Roasted vegetables like this are my favorite Thanksgiving side dish!
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  21. jill conyers says:

    Roasted is one of my favorite ways to serve vegetables. Especially in the fall. I never thought to add cranberries. Great idea!

  22. Emily Kyle says:

    These photos are gorgeous, I am sure the food tastes just as amazing! I love the combination of both fruits and veggies here!
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  23. ALLLLLL the love!! i used to hate brussel sprouts until I made them myself and now I love them!! All about a big pan of roasted veggies!
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    • awhiskandtwowands says:

      Thank you Amanda! We are all about the brussels and roasted veggies in our house! I’m still shocked at how many roasted veggies my oldest daughter can eat!

  24. Roasted veggies are my favourite type of veggies!! Love the apples here. Brussels sprouts and sweet potatoes are definitely delicious but the apples are so unexpected.

  25. Laura says:

    Roasted veggies are my absolute favorite!!! I love the addition of cranberries here!
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  26. Jenn says:

    This would look gorgeous on the holiday table! LOVE the added cranberries amongst those yummy veggies.
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  27. Maria says:

    This is my absolute favorite combination of roasted veggies! However, never would of thought of that touch of espresso powder. 😉 Can’t wait to try.
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    • awhiskandtwowands says:

      Yes I love the hint of espresso you can’t but you can taste it. I feel in love with the combo after trying Trader Joe’s Espresso Rub and seasoning a couple summers ago!

  28. vicki says:

    This has all the yums!

  29. Chrissy says:

    I think that cranberry photo looked great. I like that you mixed fruit with your veggies. I have not tried that yet. Thanks!
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  30. Mikki says:

    This looks amazing. I love roasted veggies like this but would have never thought about adding cranberries. Will have to try this!
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  31. What a colorful little plate of yum!

  32. Talk about the perfect Thanksgiving side dish!!
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  33. Esther says:

    Oh my yum! Those cranberries! What a great idea to mix roasted veggies with some yummy fall fruits!
    Gorgeous pics too!!!

  34. Taylor Kiser says:

    Such a delicious fall side dish! Perfect for the holidays!
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  36. The combination of these is so great! What a gorgeous side dish – it would be lovely on a Thanksgiving table, or any time of year really.
    Your food photography is absolutely gorgeous! I really need to step mine up. I should commit more time to it. I’m always so impressed with your recipe pictures =)
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    • awhiskandtwowands says:

      Thank you so much Kimmy! It’s so good I just can’t get enough roasted veggies or cranberries this year. I actually just took a food photography course but these were taken before I took it.

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