This roasted carrots recipe is dedicated to anyone who didn’t enjoy eating vegetables as a kid.
Blanching or steaming might be two of the simplest, healthiest ways to cook veggies, but most of the time the results aren’t quite so appealing. Unfortunately, these cooking methods have often been chosen by busy parents struggling to make a quick yet nutritious dinner. This may have led to a number of children disliking greens and growing up thinking veggies were tasteless and boring.
If you were one of those kids, we hope to change your mind with our simple roasted carrots recipe. We just want to let you know that vegetables can be delicious if you put a little bit of effort into it. Your days of bland veggies should end today!
What goes Well With Carrots?
Like many other vegetables, carrots are packed with vitamins and micronutrients— all the things you need to improve your health, so whether you’re a fan of this root vegetable or not, you should include it in your diet more. Luckily, carrots can pair with most dishes nicely. Here are a few recipes where you can sneak them in:
- Meat: pork, chicken, and beef; these juicy cuts of meat are amazing on their own, but they still need a friend or two to become a complete meal. So the next time you’re cooking up some steaks, make some roasted baby carrots and mashed potatoes to go with it and create a wholesome meal.
- Soups and stews: sometimes carrots can have a strong earthy flavor that some people don’t enjoy. The solution? Make a soup or stew. Cooking carrots for a long period of time will reduce the earthy aroma and intensify their sweet taste. You can dice the carrots finely or cut into rounds and make chicken and dumpling soup, beef stew, Bolognese sauce, etc.
- Dips: raw or blanched crunchy carrots are probably one of the best foods to go with a rich dip like hummus, ranch, or buffalo chicken dip.
That being said, carrots don’t actually need all these dishes to prove that they can be tasty on their own. Try our carrot juice recipe or simply eating a raw carrot, and see for yourself!
Now that you have chosen a dish to pair with these roasted carrots, let’s come to the next section and see how you decide to prep them.
Do You Feel Carrots Before Roasting?
You can if you want to, but it’s not necessary. Unpeeled carrots are safe to eat as long as you scrub and wash them carefully to remove dirt. But if that doesn’t help ease your fear of bacteria (if you have any), peel away.
What I will say though, is that leaving carrots unpeeled can be beneficial for your health. Unpeeled cooked carrots tend to have more polyphenol and carotenoids compared to peeled ones. Polyphenols potentially bring many health benefits, including reducing the risk of cardiovascular disease, improving brain function, affecting the growth of cancer cells, etc.
And then there are carotenoids. These compounds are what give carrots their signature orange or yellow color. We will talk more about the benefits of carotenoids later. For now, we just want to recommend you leave the peel on.
How Many Calories are in Carrots?
There are 41 calories in 100 grams of raw carrots. However, we are using baby carrots for today’s recipe. Let’s check out the nutrition facts for 100 grams of baby carrots:
- Calories: 35
- Carbohydrate: 8 g
- Sugar: 4.8 g
- Fiber: 2.9 g
- Protein: 0.6 g
- Fat: 0.1 g
As you can see, carrots are extremely low in fat and protein while being relatively high in carbs and fiber.
You may be wondering how carrots can be considered healthy when they have such a relatively large amount of carbs. The answer to that question lies within the advantages of eating carrots. Let’s take a look.
Benefits of Carrots
As previously mentioned, carrots contain polyphenols which can benefit heart health, brain function, and more. But what else are carrots good for?
Besides polyphenols, carrots also have carotenoids which have strong antioxidant properties. They are crucial for human health and can be beneficial in improving one’s immune system and reducing the risk of heart disease.
In addition to that, carrots are rich in vitamin A— a micronutrient that has been found to help improve eyesight, skin condition, and prevent inflammation.
And although carrots are relatively high in carbs, it is still considered a low-calorie food and can be consumed in most diets, including certain weight loss ones.
The high fiber content may be beneficial for bowel movement and reduce the risk of constipation.
There are even more benefits to come from eating carrots, but we’ll leave it there for now and turn our attention to cooking.
How To Make Roasted Carrots Recipe
- 1 lb whole baby carrots
- 1/2 tsp kosher salt
- 1/4 tsp freshly cracked black pepper
- 6 sprigs thyme optional
- 2 tbsp garlic minced
- 1 tbsp olive oil
- Wash and scrub carrots thoroughly to remove any dirt. Pat dry with a paper towel and slice in half lengthwise.
- Preheat the oven to 450°Line a baking tray with parchment paper or aluminum foil.
- Spread carrots evenly on the baking tray. Sprinkle salt, black pepper, thyme, and garlic. Drizzle olive oil over the top and toss to coat.
- Roast in the oven for 40 minutes or until tender, flipping halfway through.