glazed carrots

March 8th, 2010

I promised you guys a healthy recipe eventually, didn’t I?  I’m actually a little bit shocked, because I realized there are only few carrot recipes on this site!  And despite a handful of soup and salad recipes, nothing that showcases carrots by themselves.  Which is funny, because carrots are actually something I make quite regularly — one of the few vegetables that Chad (green beans, spinach, asparagus) and I (mushrooms, mushrooms, mushrooms) both like!

This is a great recipe — super easy and not a sweet, sugary glaze. I don’t like how carrots, which are full of natural sugar, are always paired with thick, sweet glazes — I’d much rather pair them with something subtle, and let their natural flavor shine. Glazed like this or deep and rich from roasting at a high temperature, there’s nothing more healthy or delicious.

Glazed Carrot Recipe

3 cups sliced carrots
3 tablespoons olive oil
1 tablespoon lemon juice
1/2 teaspoon garlic salt
1/2 teaspoon dried basil

In a saucepan, cook carrots in a small amount of water until tender.  Drain any excess water and add the olive oil, lemon juice, garlic salt, basil and pepper. Return carrots to the pan and heat through.

Tags: food · side dishes

17 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Rosemaryandthegoat // Mar 8, 2010 at 7:03 am

    I love carrots also. Back when I was in culinary school we did carrots with a little favored water like orange or grapefruit. Very faint taste but really added a lot to the carrot flavor. Your’s look yummy.

  • 2 Annabelle // Mar 8, 2010 at 9:04 am

    As a beginner cook, bout how long is cook “until tender”….
    Also, about how much is “small amount of water”?

  • 3 Annabelle // Mar 8, 2010 at 9:05 am

    As a beginner cook about how long is cook “until tender”….
    Also, about how much is “small amount of water”?

  • 4 Maddy // Mar 8, 2010 at 9:37 am

    You’re right! I rarely see carrot recipes either! This looks quick & easy.  A great healthy side dish!

    BTW- I’m hosting my first giveaway! Pass by if you’d like to join in 🙂

  • 5 Fashion CHALET // Mar 8, 2010 at 10:34 am

    My puppy and I are the only ones in the house who like carrots lol. Delicious recipe, will have to try. 🙂


  • 6 Joanne // Mar 8, 2010 at 10:50 am

    While I definitely like a sugary glaze every one in a while, I think the lemon would pair perfectly with this.  Roasted carrots are definitely underrated!

    Coincidentally, I’m hosting the Blogger Secret Ingredient challenge this week and the secret ingredient is carrots!  You can check out my blog for the details, but I would love it if you entered this.  It’s such a great side dish!

  • 7 TTRoyalty // Mar 8, 2010 at 12:25 pm

    It’s amazing how you make healthy food look sooo good!
    I only found your blog today, after you commented on mine and I’m totally loving it! <3 <3 <3
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  • 8 TTRoyalty // Mar 8, 2010 at 3:44 pm

    I actually can make healthy food look delicious 😀
    I love your blog, found it today! <3

  • 9 katy // Mar 9, 2010 at 10:17 am

    Annabelle — Sorry, I probably made this one a little too vague!  Tender is when they can be pierced easily with a fork — but if you like them crunchier, feel free to pull them out sooner.  I would use a cup of water or two to cook them — you’ll drain any excess away in the second step.

  • 10 Susan Blake // Mar 9, 2010 at 10:33 am

    Katy – Just curious, have you ever eaten grits? I know I’ve heard they are hard to find up North.  Shrimp and grits are DIVINE!!!!!!

  • 11 ashlee // Mar 9, 2010 at 12:24 pm

    love your site! i can’t wait to try this new recipe.

  • 12 Jenny // Mar 9, 2010 at 8:40 pm

    I totally agree—no sweet, buttery glazes on carrots, please! For Husband and I this is one of the few veggies we agree on. This looks super simple and delish. Thanks!

  • 13 Denise (denisekatipunera) // Mar 10, 2010 at 5:12 am

    Thank you. I love carrots and this is just perfect for me. I love the simplicity of the preparation, so am gonna do this tom. And am following you now. Great blog.

    I am Denise Katipunera

  • 14 Danielle // Mar 10, 2010 at 10:13 am

    One of the reasons that I’ve totally fallen in love with this site is that your recipes are so elegant, yet so simple!  I know what we’re eating with dinner tonight.

  • 15 Jen // Mar 10, 2010 at 7:49 pm

    I’m all about this! Glazed carrots are so amazing!

  • 16 sarah // Mar 19, 2010 at 2:56 pm

    This looks fantastic. I love when vegetables are allowed to be their glorious selves! Your glaze seems simple and would enhance the natural carrot taste. Thanks.

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