Cold, winter days call for cozy foods, like soup and chicken pot pie. More than any other season, I find myself struggling to eat my vegetables in the winter. Let’s be honest- a cold salad is really uninspiring when it’s only 6 degrees outside.
To make matters worse, buying vegetables during the off season can be pricey. Shipping in produce from who-knows-where is pricey, but I’ve discovered that I can almost always find carrots on sale. When the weather turns colder, I start buying carrots. Lots and lots of carrots.
Carrots are so versatile- we love them in soup (like this easy crockpot chicken noodle soup), or cooked into another dish like shepherd’s pie. My husband likes to snack on them raw, and sometimes we steam them in our handy steamer basket. But my favorite is roasted carrots.
This is my go-to carrot recipe for any occasion, whether it be a quiet dinner at home with my husband, or a fancy affair hosting friends or family, this carrot dish is always perfect, always delicious, and always incredibly easy.
Rinse and peel your carrots, toss them in your favorite spices (we usually do basil, rosemary and garlic, herbes de provence are delicious as well!) and you’re done. I’ve also done lots of experimenting with the olive oil. I used to toss the carrots in olive oil, but I discovered they roast better without it- just drizzle a little on the pan!
- 1 pound carrots
- 1 tsp basil
- 1 tsp rosemary
- 3 cloves garlic
- 2 tsp olive oil
- salt and pepper to taste
- Preheat oven to 400 degrees Fahrenheit
- Rinse and peel carrots (skip if you are using baby carrots)
- Slice carrots into small pieces, about half the size of your thumb.
- Drizzle olive oil over the bottom of a baking dish. I love my Le Creuset dishes, but you can also use a plain ol' 13 x 9 inch pan.
- Toss carrots in basil, rosemary and garlic, and pour into prepared dish.
- Season with salt and pepper to taste.
- Roast carrots for 25-30 minutes or until soft.
The recipe couldn’t be easier- all you have to do is remember to turn the oven on! Enjoy with mashed potatoes, roasted beef or chicken, or as part of a not-so-fancy dinner at home. Yum.
Do you have a go-to winter dish or food? Share in the comments below!