If your parents put a bowl of maple- or honey-roasted veggies on the dinner table when you were a little kid, odds are you wouldn't have been so opposed to healthy foods. Well, now you can make up for lost time—douse squash, carrots, sweet potatoes, and Brussels sprouts in epic sweet sauces. They highlight the veggie's natural sweetness yet add a ton of flavor. These seven vegetable recipes are so crazy addictive, we've been known to dip into the leftovers for dessert. 

sweet veg: Honey-Roasted Parsnips
Photo: Nutritionist Meets Chef

Parsnips are basically carrots + potatoes, and who doesn’t want that? This sweet and sticky dish should be spooned over salad, nestled next to a protein of choice, or even grabbed up by fingers straight from the baking sheet.

sweet veg: Butternut and Sweet Potato Casserole
Photo: Minimalist Baker

If you think sweet potato casserole is that weird marshmallow thing Aunt Marsha brings to Thanksgiving, pinch yourself, because this maple, silky butternut-potato casserole is real—you’re not dreaming.

sweet veg: carrots with honey butter
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Carrots and honey go together so well you’ll think it’s dessert already. Not only do carrots naturally get sweet while baking, melting a big smear of orange-kissed honey butter over the veg only adds to their must-eat-ASAP quality.

sweet veg: Maple Cinnamon-Roasted Sweet Potatoes
Photo: Pumpkin 'N Spice

These sweet potatoes would be just as tasty next to eggs (or over waffles!) as they would on the side of your favorite dinner. Fire up the oven and get on it.

sweet veg: Sriracha-Roasted Brussels
Photo: For the Love of Basil

You probably would’ve eaten your Brussels sprouts as a kid if they were coated in this sweet and super-spicy sauce, amirite? Make Mom happy by roasting a double batch tonight.

sweet veg: Maple-Roasted Acorn Squash
Photo: Recipe for Perfection

Acorn squash seems like a big project, but baking this sweet vegetable really couldn’t be simpler. Extra sweet thanks to maple butter, because once you top the squash with crunchy pecans and a crumble of blue cheese, there’s no turning back to plain ol’ salt and pepper.

sweet veg: Maple Dijon Brussels Sprouts and Butternut
Photo: Carlsbad Cravings

Use mustard and maple syrup for another riff on sweet and spicy. While the sauce complements the Brussels and butternut, boost the flavor with extra salt and tart-sweet (TY, bacon and cranberries).

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