Surprisingly easy and delicious honey roasted carrots are the perfect healthy holiday side dish! You need just four pantry staples and 20 minutes to make this tasty and healthy side dish!
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Welcome to Day 4 of my 12 Days of Holiday Recipes! For 12 Days I’m sharing some of my favorite, easy, and sometimes healthy holiday recipes perfect for all the Thanksgiving and Christmas gatherings coming up in November and December!! The holidays are some of my favorite times to get busy in the kitchen, so many great recipes to enjoy and share together!
Here’s what we’ve made so far:
Day 1: The Best Crustless Pumpkin Pie. — Easy, gluten-free, and so creamy and delicious you won’t even miss the crust! (And if you do, I have a killer Amish pie crust recipe linked too!)
Day 2: The Perfect Gingerbread Smoothie! — The perfect healthy breakfast to start your day with! It’s creamy ice-cream-like texture and hint of spice are so tasty, plus it’s loaded with good for you protein, and is dairy and gluten free!
Day 3: An easy slow cooker ham, that is refined sugar-free, but still just as yummy as any sugar-covered ham out there!
Today I’m sharing these delicious honey roasted carrots because they are such an easy and healthy and tasty holiday side dish! Unlike many other Thanksgiving or Christmas side dishes and vegetables they don’t have to cover up with cream cheese or cream of mushroom soup or a sleeve of crackers to be delicious–they just ARE!!
Surprisingly Simple Honey Roasted Carrots
Honey Roasted Carrots
- 1 bag baby carrots
- 2 tbsp olive oil
- 2 tbsp honey
- 2 tsp fresh minced garlic or 1 tsp garlic powder
- Preheat oven to 400. Place carrots on greased cookie sheet. In a small bowl combine olive oil, honey and garlic. Pour mixture over carrots and toss until thoroughly coated. Grind a sprinkle of salt and pepper over the top of the carrots. Roast for 20 minutes, stirring once halfway through the process.
To make this recipe you may need…
- A special turkey day apron! This one cracks me up!
- Quality baking sheets — Mine have held up for 10 years!
- Salt and pepper grinders — Freshly ground spices are the best. You won’t go back!
For best results serve these honey roasted carrots hot from the oven! They are perfectly sweet without being overbearing and the garlic flavor makes them practically addicting! You won’t regret loading up your plate with these yummy roasted veggies!
Why roast vegetables?
Roasting vegetables brings out the sweetness of vegetables by caramelizing them in dry heat. Roasting is a great way to cook and introduce a new healthy vegetable since it naturally adds to the sweetness and mellows out the flavor of veggies. Roasting vegetables is perfect for picky eaters!
What should I serve honey roasted carrots with?
What can I do with leftover roasted carrots?
My first thought would be to slice them and add them to a delicious chicken noodle soup! If you make them for Thanksgiving you could add use them to make turkey noodle soup and double down on using up those leftovers! I don’t have a chicken noodle soup recipe: I just kind of dump and stir chicken broth, chicken, carrots, celery, onion and spices together and let simmer on the stovetop or in a crockpot! In the last half hour add your favorite type of noodle and cook until tender! These honey roasted carrots will add a nice depth of flavor to your soup as well!
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Do you peel carrots before roasting?
If you’re using a bunch of carrots, yes, I would peel them! You don’t HAVE to, but I feel like they are cleaner and the outside is not as sweet, but you do you boo! It definitely doesn’t hurt anything to leave the skins on!
But if you’re using baby carrots then you won’t need to do that! Baby carrots are incredibly convenient (which is why I love them and use them in this recipe!) but if you prefer to peel and slice regular carrots you can certainly use them in this recipe!
Add these delicious and surprisingly simple honey roasted carrots to your holiday menu this year and you won’t be disappointed!
I’m all about keeping it easy during the holiday season to help keep me sane! There are normally so many moving pieces that I love when I can keep it simple!
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