Kelly’s Maple Dijon Oven-Roasted Charred Carrots a.k.a. The-Perfect-Balance-Between-Crunchy-&-Tender-Did-Someone-Say-Antioxidants?

Kelly’s Maple Dijon Oven-Roasted Charred Carrots a.k.a. The-Perfect-Balance-Between-Crunchy-&-Tender-Did-Someone-Say-Antioxidants?

Hi lovies!

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HAPPY TUESDAY!

MAPLE DIJON ROASTED CARROTS, anyone?

If not? NO PROBLEM. MORE FOR ME. But I mean, let’s be honest, ODDS ARE, YOU NOT ONLY WANT, BUT YOU NEED, these babies in your life! Trust me on this one!

THIS ISN’T YOUR AVERAGE MAPLE DIJON GLAZE, okay? I amped it up a bit by adding some savoury spices, some coconut aminos, rice vinegar & apple cider, which really creates a BEAUTIFUL blend of flavours that would be PERF on absolutely anything

BUT IN PARTICULAR, THESE CARROTS! 

This recipe is super simple to put together & LET’S BE HONEST, pretty much requires VERY LITTLE EFFORT on your part. All you gotta do is clean the carrots, TOSS the marinade ingredients together, throw the babes into the marinade & ROAST ‘EM UNTIL THEY’RE EXACTLY WHERE YOU WANT ‘EM! That’s it. That’s all. YOU REALLY CANNOT GO WRONG WITH THEM!

LADIES & GENTS, I present you with Kelly’s Maple Dijon Oven-Roasted Charred Carrots a.k.a. The-Perfect-Balance-Between-Crunchy-&-Tender-Did-Someone-Say-Antioxidants?

These babes are everything from:

CRUNCHY BUT TENDER!

ROASTED. 

CHARRED. 

Sweet & savoury. 

EASY. 

QUICK. 

HEALTHY. 

Delicious. 

VERSATILE!

Perfect side dish!

Great add-in for bowls or chop ‘em up in a salad!

Oh & just in case you need a little brain refresher, CARROTS HAVE TONS OF HEALTH BENEFITS, thanks to their beta-carotene & fibre content!

The beta-carotene content of these babies helps in prevention of cancer, stroke & macular degeneration, while their fibre content makes them amazing for DIGESTION & helping eliminate excess LDL cholesterol from the walls of the arteries & blood vessels!

They are also an amazing source of antioxidants, are rich in vitamin A, C, K, B8, folate, potassium, iron, copper & manganese & act as immune system boosters due to their antibacterial & antiseptic abilities! 

ANYWHO, all this to say, MAKE THESE BABIES. THEY’RE DELICIOUS & THEY’RE GOOD FOR YOU! 

Now, let’s get right to it!

My loves, YOU WILL NEED:

  • 6-8 medium carrots, PEELED;
  • Coconut oil cooking spray;
  • 1 tbsp. of raw organic apple cider vinegar;
  • 2 tbsp. of pure organic maple syrup;
  • 1/2 tbsp. of grainy mustard (I used Mrs. McGarrigle’s Maple Mustard);
  • 1/2 tbsp. of Dijon mustard (I used Miels d’Anicet Honey Dijon Mustard);
  • 1/2 tbsp. of organic natural rice wine vinegar;
  • 2 tsp. of soy sauce substitute/coconut aminos (I used Naked Coconuts). Feel free to use gluten-free tamari or reduced-sodium soy sauce;
  • 1 tsp. of ground cumin;
  • 1 tsp. of dried parsley flakes;
  • 1/4 tsp. of black pepper;
  • Sprinkle of Himalayan sea salt!

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NOW, FOR THAT HOW-TO? 

  • Preheat your oven to 400F & line a baking sheet with parchment paper or a silicone baking mat!
  • Add all the marinade ingredients to a LARGE mixing bowl (You’ll need space in the bowl to be able to toss the carrots to coat them in the marinade, SO CHOOSE YOUR BOWL WISELY!) & mix ‘em all together until they are fully combined!

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  • Once your marinade is ready, throw your carrots into the mixing bowl & toss to coat them! Make sure your carrots are evenly coated & IF YOU MUST (I HAD TO!), get your hands in there & get down & dirty! 

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  • Now that your carrots are coated AF in the marinade, arrange them in a single layer on the baking sheet & BAKE until TENDER & GOLDEN BROWN, about 25-30 minutes, flipping at halfway mark.

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WHEN YOU FLIP AT HALFWAY MARK:

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  • Once your timer beeps 25-30, set your oven to LOW BROIL & broil the babes for 3 minutes. Check on them post-broil!
    • If they are roasted/charred to your liking, remove them from the oven & allow them to cool before DEVOURING.
    • If you want them MORE CHARRED/ROASTED (I did!), set your oven to HIGH BROIL & broil the babes for 4 minutes, checking on them every now & then to make sure they don’t burn! 

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  • REMOVE THE BABES FRESH OUT ‘DA OVEN & DEVOUR.

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