Thanksgiving week is upon us! I don’t know about you, but I can’t wait to kick off the holiday season this year.
Food tends to become the center of attention when the holidays arrive. Between the friendsgivings, family gatherings, cookie exchanges, potlucks – food is everywhere. As someone who loves food, I am definitely not complaining. I’ll be enjoying the mashed potatoes, green bean casserole, pumpkin pie, and sugar cookies just as much as the next person this holiday season. However, I think most of us can agree that most holiday meals are lacking in the veggie department. Or, the veggies that are offered at holiday events are doused in butter, cream, brown sugar, marshmallows and the like.
These decadent veggie dishes can definitely serve a purpose at your holiday meals. Sure, they may not be classified as “healthy,” – but foods bring us much more than just nutrients. They bring us comfort and nostalgia and joy and a whole list of other really awesome things. There’s no reason NOT to enjoy your favorite holiday dishes this season (unless you are allergic to them or they make you sick & feel like crap). BUT, it’s important that we don’t lose focus of our overall health during the holidays too. Doing the best you can to maintain a well-balanced diet, even at holiday meals, will keep you feeling good inside and out. Making sure that veggies that have not been taken over by unhealthy fats and sugar are still a part of your plate is a rule of thumb.
Making veggies a part of holiday meals can be tricky especially if you have picky eaters in your family. Roasted veggies are a great place to start, even for those who are not used to eating veggies on the regular. The roasting process really brings out the delicious flavor of veggies and just makes them more pleasurable than say, steamed or raw vegetables (in my opinion). Not sure where to start? Well, you’re in for a treat because I have a maple glazed roasted carrots recipe for your to try!
Maple Glazed Roasted Carrots
Maple glazed roasted carrots are easy to make, and an absolutely delicious dish to share at Thanksgiving dinner or a holiday potluck. The sweetness from the maple syrup and honey really complements the variety of spices and seasonings that are included. Note that this recipe has a little kick to it from the paprika and crushed red pepper – if you’re not a fan of spicy, then you may want to omit those from the recipe.
How to make: You’ll mix the maple syrup, honey, oil, spices, and seasonings together in a small bowl – pour the mixture over the carrots and top to coat. Bake in the oven until tender for about 20 – 30 minutes. See the recipe below for more thorough instructions!
Not only will these maple glazed roasted carrots bring flavor to your plate, they’ll also bring some good nutrition. Carrots are high in antioxidants and vitamin A – both of which are important for a healthy immune system (extra helpful this time of year!). They’re also high in fiber, which is needed to keep your digestive system running smoothly…also incredibly helpful this time of year when fiber-rich foods may not be making it onto your plate as often.
What are you waiting for?! You need to make these maple glazed roasted carrots now! Don’t forget to save some for your family & friends on Thanksgiving!
- 2 lbs carrots, peeled
- ¼ cup maple syrup
- 1 tbsp honey
- 1 tsp garlic
- ½ tsp cinnamon
- ½ tsp paprika
- ½ tsp crush red pepper
- 1 tsp cumin
- ½ tsp salt
- 2 tbsp oil (olive or avocado)
- Crushed pecans
- Green onions
- Preheat oven to 400 degrees F.
- Mix together maple syrup, honey, spices, and oil in a small bowl.
- Spread carrots out evenly in a single layer on a baking sheet.
- Pour the maple syrup mixture over the carrots, and toss to coat.
- Place the carrots in the preheated oven for 20-30 minutes, until carrots are tender.
- Top with crushed pecans, cilantro, green onions, and any other desired toppings.
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Have a Fabulous Holiday! Xoxo,