Roasted Carrots

Comfy Belly: Roasted Carrots

Comfy Belly: Roasted Carrots

Roasted carrots are my idea of candy. Not that I reserve this ritual for carrots alone. Roasting all kinds of fruits and vegetables is a complex chemical transformation that results in an amazing texture and flavor.

This is not a fast, high heat roast. It’s a slightly slower, steady roast that causes carbohydrate and amino acid molecules to go through a series of changes ending with caramelized carrots that have the texture of a sweet potato and a few burnt ends.

I coat the carrots in a lime dressing and then slow roast them for a little over an hour, or until I have tender sweet carrots, bursting with flavor. I like to add some aromatic spices and sweetness, but adding the honey probably promotes some burning so you could leave it out if you prefer. Or you can coat them with a simple cooking oil or olive oil and some lemon juice.

As for the roasting surface, I use either a non-stick mat or parchment paper. Because the Silpat and other non-stick mats tend to absorb odors of the food that has cooked on them I reserve one Siplat for all my savory roasting and the other for sweets.

Comfy Belly: Roasted Carrots

Comfy Belly: Roasted Carrots

You can eat these simply by spearing each carrot with a fork and muching down to the stem, or add a dressing and a bed of greens and enjoy it as a warm salad. For the dressing, I usually add the ranch dressing from my book. Feel free to use your favorite dressing, or whip up a small batch of lemony garlic yogurt dressing, tahini dressing, or maybe a creamy vinaigrette. Or just insert fork into carrot and eat.

To make a creamy vinaigrette, just add a tablespoon of dairy-free milk or yogurt to your favorite vinaigrette, or try this one.

Comfy Belly: Roasted Carrots

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    Posted in Dairy-Free, Egg-Free, Gluten-Free, Lactose-Free, Low-Sugar, Nut-Free, Paleo, SCD, Vegetarian, Wheat-Free  |  8 Comments

    8 Responses to Roasted Carrots

    1. Amy says:

      I made these the other night and they were sooooo goood! We ate them for lunch the next day too. I also just pre-ordered your cookbook and I seriously can’t wait. It will be so nice to have the recipes in a book rather than the zillion pages I print out of your recipes all the time.

      I go to your site every day for great food. We have such a variety of allergies in our home, and I KNOW that I can make every one of your recipes and they will be good!

      • Erica says:

        Thanks Amy! This is one of my weekly eats so I’m glad you enjoyed it as much as I do :) Just fyi, my book is mostly new recipes, so I’m afraid you better hold on to those printed pages.

    2. Sandhya says:

      I love the simplicity of your recipes….Thank you for sharing them. Congratulations for the book! I am sure it will become a popular cooking book!

    3. May says:

      This recipe looks fantastic. I just discovered rosemary roasted yams a few days ago and those were delicious. Carrots will definitely have to be the next try.
      Great website. The more I look into healthier cooking options, the more people I find who, like you, care about their health and the health of their family. Your website is one I will be coming back to!

    4. I love carrots and this is a great recipe, will be trying tomorrow!

    5. Jamie Toft says:

      This is a great recipe, thank you for sharing! I’m always looking for new ways to cook my veggies, and my boyfriend and I LOVED these! Please check out my blogpost about it :)

      http://foodie-on-foot.blogspot.com/2013/03/roasted-carrots.html

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