Halloween Pumpkin Monster With Root Veggies

Pumpkin MonsterKids love carving pumpkins around Halloween and it’s a fun family activity to do together. When the boys were little, they would tell me how they wanted their Jack-O-Lantern and I would carve it out. Now as they get older and want to do the carving themselves, I have to buy my own pumpkin to carve because I love it so much! This year we decided to┬átry something fun and make mine into a Pumpkin Monster serving up Maple Glazed Root Veggies for a Halloween party we went to! The face was actually pretty simple and easy to do, as was the recipe for the root veggies:

Maple Glazed Root Veggies

  • Prep Time: 10 Minutes
  • Cook Time: 30 Minutes
  • Total Time: 40 Minutes


  • 1/4 Cup Maple Syrup
  • 2 Tbsp Dijon Mustard
  • 1/2 tsp Garlic Powder
  • 2 Tbsp Olive Oil
  • 1/2 tsp Salt
  • 1/4 tsp Pepper
  • 2 Sweet Potatoes, chopped
  • Approximately 1 and 1/2 Cups Chopped Carrots
  • Approximately 1 and 1/2 Cups Chopped Parsnips


Preheat oven to 425 degrees. Coat parsnips, sweet potatoes and carrots with the olive oil, salt and pepper on a baking pan. Roast in oven for 15 minutes, then remove and retoss on baking sheet. Cook 15 minutes more, until all the veggies and potatoes are soft. Combine maple syrup, Dijon mustard, and garlic powder in a small bowl. Drizzle the maple mixture over potatoes and veggies and mix to coat well.

Note: This recipe works just as well using only carrots, potatoes, or sweet potatoes. You can substitute pretty much any winter root vegetables, squash, etc. that you like!

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