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Healthy Honey Roasted Carrots

Healthy Honey Roasted Carrots

Honey-Kissed Goodness: Simple Roasted Carrots with a Touch of Sweetness

Looking for a delicious and healthy side dish that's bursting with flavor? Look no further than these Honey-Roasted Carrots! This recipe is a simple yet satisfying way to elevate your everyday carrots, transforming them into a sweet and savory treat.

Simple Perfection:

The beauty of this recipe lies in its ease. With just a few pantry staples and minimal prep work, you can create a side dish that complements any main course. Roasting brings out the natural sweetness of the carrots, while the honey glaze adds a touch of caramelized goodness.

Ingredients:

  • Fresh and Colorful:

    • 1 ½ pounds carrots, peeled and cut into uniform pieces (consider using colorful heirloom varieties like Earth Exotics for a vibrant touch)
  • The Flavor Boosters:

    • 2 tablespoons olive oil
    • 3 tablespoons honey
    • 1 tablespoon brown sugar
    • Freshly ground black pepper
    • Pinch of salt (optional, to taste)

Instructions:

  1. Preheat for Perfection: Get your oven started by preheating it to 425 degrees Fahrenheit (220 degrees Celsius). This ensures the carrots roast evenly and achieve a perfectly tender texture.

  2. Creating the Honey Glaze: In a small bowl, combine the honey and brown sugar. You can microwave this mixture for 15 seconds on low power, just enough to melt the honey and make it easier to coat the carrots.

  3. Seasoning the Carrots: In a large bowl, toss the peeled and cut carrots with olive oil, salt (if using), and freshly ground black pepper. Coating the carrots with oil ensures even browning, while the salt and pepper enhance their natural flavor.

  4. Adding the Sweet Touch: Pour the prepared honey glaze over the seasoned carrots and toss them gently to ensure they are evenly coated. This creates the base for the delicious caramelized exterior.

  5. Roasting to Perfection: Spread the honey-glazed carrots in a single layer on a baking sheet. This allows for even heat distribution and optimal browning. Place the baking sheet in the preheated oven and roast the carrots for 15 minutes.

  6. The Flip Side: After 15 minutes, remove the baking sheet from the oven. Use tongs to carefully flip the carrots over. This ensures even browning on all sides. Keep the oven door closed to retain heat while you flip the carrots.

  7. Caramelized Bliss: Return the baking sheet with the flipped carrots to the oven and continue roasting for an additional 30 minutes, or until the carrots are tender and start to caramelize around the edges. The caramelized bits add a delightful depth of flavor and texture.

  8. Enjoy! Once roasted to perfection, remove the Honey-Roasted Carrots from the oven and let them cool slightly before serving. Enjoy them as a delicious and healthy side dish that complements any meal.

Tips:

  • For a touch of spice, add a pinch of cayenne pepper to the honey glaze.
  • You can substitute maple syrup for the honey in this recipe.
  • Leftover roasted carrots can be stored in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 3 days. Reheat them in the oven or microwave until warmed through.

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