Ok - I have a dirty little secret: I love burnt vegetables.
I know it sounds weird, but there is just something about the added flavor a little char can add to an otherwise boring, healthy food. I'm talking carrots, asparagus, brussels sprouts and even lettuce - yes lettuce! But that is a different post. For this post I am taking on the lowly carrot. Not one of my favorites. Normally consigned to the veggie tray at a party or the thing I tell my kids they can eat if they are really "that" hungry - in baby form, of course. And while I do like them dipped in humus (another go figure) still not something in my "go to" book of recipes. But, carrots are CHEAP! So I thought it couldn't hurt. For this recipe I even spring for the organic bunch that still has the green tops! I know, I know - not cheap anymore... except they still only cost me about $1.50 for the bunch, plus a little of the green left on and roasted is nice too, plus the smaller they are the more tender they are and the less time they take to cook.
I saw this recipe originally on pinterest and can't quite remember how it went. It was something like what is below, but as you can see I sort of throw it all together differently every time. And every time I have been happy with the result.
1 bunch small carrots, olive oil, lemon or lime juice, chili powder, cumin, garlic, salt and pepper, scallions
Preheat your oven to 425 (or your grill - directions for that at the bottom).
Trim all but about 1 inch off the tops of your carrots. then wash by gently scrubbing with a potato brush. A lot of the vitamins are in the top layer of the carrot - so don't peel them!
Put all remaining ingredients (to taste), except scallions, in a large plastic bag. Add the carrots and toss to coat, let sit for about 5 minutes.
Pull out carrots and put on a foil lined cookie sheet and put in the oven. Pour the remaining marinade in a small bowl. Every 5-10 minutes (as often as you remember) turn your carrots and baste with the marinade. Roasting them will take anywhere from 20-30 minutes depending on the size of your carrots. They are done with they are soft and have taken on a golden brown hue. To serve you can drizzle with more marinade if you choose and sprinkle with the scallions.
On the grill: basically they same idea, but you'll want to keep a good eye on them. *I have yet to not actually burn one side - but they were still good. You will still want them on foil or in a grill pan. Cook them alongside whatever else you are cooking and baste every few minutes to keep them from drying out.
The first week is easy and filled with enthusiasm. Then reality hits you as you realize the old stand-bys of spaghetti or tostadas are no longer available to you. You have to make a whole new list of "go-to" recipes. And that is a daunting task. This is a journey I have just started. I am keeping my food journal here so that when you are in a rut or are starting to panic you can look here for ideas and perhaps even inspiration.