Roasted Carrots with Creamy Cilantro Sauce

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For the most eye-catching plate, go for whole young multi-colored carrots and drizzle them with the pale green sauce.

Roasted Carrots with Creamy Cilantro Sauce

Carrots as a side dish should be anything but an afterthought or a placeholder. Gorgeous, sweetly rooty, with a satisfying bite (as long as you don’t overcook them!), they brighten a table or a plate simply and easily.

Roasted Carrots with Creamy Cilantro Sauce

These oven-roasted carrots can be served at room temperature or warm, making them a wonderfully flexible side dish. You should consider that most if not all roast vegetable side dishes are equally appealing warm or at room temperature, and enjoy how that leads to so many make ahead possibilities. If you do plan to serve these roasted carrots at room temp, let them cool and spoon the sauce over the carrots just before serving for the prettiest presentation.

Roasted Carrots with Creamy Cilantro Sauce: For the most eye-catching plate, go for whole young multi-colored carrots and drizzle them with the pale green sauce.

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If you want an especially eye-catching plate, go for whole young multi-colored carrots. Look for carrots with at least some of the green tops still attached, ones that are firm and brightly colored. Slice them lengthwise with a sharp knife unless they are very thin, then leave them whole. If they are young and fresh you might only need to scrub them, and skip the peeling.

The flavor of different colored carrots is very similar, though you may notice some subtle differences when you eat them raw. It’s really about the visual appeal, although different colored carrots also boast different levels of nutrients.

Roasted Carrots with Creamy Cilantro Sauce

According to Reader’s Digest Best Health, “Rainbow carrots are a trendy feast for the eyes, but one color isn’t necessarily healthier than the others. All are rich in different antioxidants. Orange carrots have high levels of beta-carotene, important for healthy vision. Purple carrots are packed with anthocyanins, which may prevent heart disease. Red carrots contain lycopene, linked to lower risk of certain cancers. Yellow carrots have high amounts of lutein, linked to cancer prevention and healthy eyes.”

I just think they are really, really stunning. And those leftovers? 7 Ways to Use Leftover Roasted Vegetables!

Roasted Carrots with Creamy Cilantro Sauce

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Roasted Carrots with Creamy Cilantro Sauce

For the most eye-catching plate, go for whole young multi-colored carrots and drizzle them with the pale green sauce.
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes
Servings: 6 People
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Ingredients 

  • 1 ½ pounds carrots , preferably multi-colored, peeled
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • Kosher salt and freshly ground pepper to taste
  • cup Creamy Cilantro Sauce approximately

Instructions 

  • Preheat the oven to 425°F.
  • Slice the carrots in half lengthwise. Place them on a rimmed baking sheet. Drizzle over 2 tablespoons of the olive oil, sprinkle them with salt and pepper, and toss the carrots so they are well coated with the oil. Spread them out in a single layer. Roast for about 20 to 25 minutes until they are tender, and browned along the edges.
  • While the carrots are roasting , you can make the Creamy Cilantro Sauce.
  • Let the carrots cool to warm or room temperature, then drizzle the with Cilantro Sauce and serve.

Notes

If you want an especially eye-catching plate, go for whole young multi-colored carrots.  Look for carrots with at least some of the green tops still attached, ones that are firm and brightly colored.  Slice them lengthwise with a sharp knife unless they are very thin, then leave them whole.  If they are young and fresh you might only need to scrub them, and skip the peeling.

Nutrition

Calories: 98kcal, Carbohydrates: 11g, Protein: 1g, Fat: 6g, Saturated Fat: 1g, Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g, Monounsaturated Fat: 3g, Trans Fat: 1g, Cholesterol: 1mg, Sodium: 87mg, Potassium: 367mg, Fiber: 3g, Sugar: 6g, Vitamin A: 18963IU, Vitamin C: 7mg, Calcium: 39mg, Iron: 1mg
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Katie Workman is a cook, a writer, a mother of two, an activist in hunger issues, and an enthusiastic advocate for family meals, which is the inspiration behind her two beloved cookbooks, Dinner Solved! and The Mom 100 Cookbook.

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