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An abundance of carrots leads to a tasty side dish
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An abundance of carrots leads to a tasty side dish

From the Recipe roundup: 5 easy recipes to get you through the week series
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Roasting is an easy way to get sweet, tender carrots.

I seem to have a plethora of carrots in my fridge these days. The obvious way to use them up would be to peel and slice them into carrot sticks for a quick, grab-and-go snack. Another easy way I like to prepare carrots is to peel and grate a big bunch of them in my food processor for a sweet addition to a garden salad, tomato sauce or summer lentil soup.

An additional way to use up carrots is to roast them. Roasting is an easy way to get sweet, tender carrots. The dry heat from the oven draws out the natural sugars from the carrots, leaving them slightly caramelized.

Roasted Carrots

Serves 4 to 6

  • 2 pounds carrots, peeled (about 7 to 9 medium to large carrots)
  • 1 tablespoon vegetable oil
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 dried thyme (optional)

1. Adjust the oven rack to the middle position and preheat the oven to 425 F.

2. Slice carrots diagonally into 1-inch-thick slices. Slice any thick pieces in half lengthwise so that everything is roughly the same size.

3. Combine carrots, oil, salt and thyme in a bowl and toss well to coat evenly.

4. Transfer carrots to foil- or parchment-lined rimmed baking sheet and spread in a single layer.

5. Roast, tossing halfway through with a spatula, until carrots are slightly browned and tender (about 20-25 minutes).

Tasty tips

If you line your baking sheet with foil or parchment paper, you will protect your baking sheet from the carrots’ natural sugars that caramelize as they roast.

Make sure you place the oven rack in the middle of the oven. If the carrots roast too close to the bottom of the oven, they will burn.

Carrots go well with rosemary, thyme, parsley or dill. Try experimenting!

Kary Osmond is a Canadian recipe developer and former television host of the popular daytime cooking show “Best Recipes Ever.” Her easy recipes include helpful tips to guide you along the way, and her love of plant-based cooking offers healthy alternatives to some of your favorite dishes. Learn more at 

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