Roasted Carrots with Maple Syrup
Plus it's super easy to put together. You start with a bag of pre-peeled baby carrots, toss with olive oil and garlic and salt and pepper, and boom! Into the oven it goes. Perfect for a busy school night, or an afternoon snack, or company dinner. Just about any time, I say.
In fact, I would like to announce this humble carrot dish as my favorite 2015 recipe discovery. Tied with sunshine apricot preserves.
Eat your carrots.
ROASTED CARROTS WITH MAPLE SYRUP2 lb. bag peeled baby carrots
3 cloves garlic, peeled and mashed, plus 8 cloves, not peeled
3 T. olive oil
salt and pepper (I like to use sea salt)
1/4 c. maple syrup
Heat oven to 450 degrees. Put parchment paper on a rimmed baking sheet. Dump carrots onto pan. Then add the garlic, olive oil, salt, and pepper and mix it all together. (If you have little ones, you can let them mix everything up with their [very clean] hands.) Roast for 30 minutes, stirring every 10 minutes or so. Carrots are done when they're fork-tender and a bit browned. Remove from oven, put in a serving bowl, and pour the maple syrup over. Taste and see if you want to add more salt or pepper. Serves six. One hundred fifty calories each serving, according to the Sept./Oct. 2006 Hallmark magazine, where I got this recipe.