It is not an everyday deal to find fresh vegetables straight out of the farm in the supermarkets. In fact, it is not very easy finding fresh, clean or local produce in the super markets these days. I see Kiwis from New Zealand, Oranges from Egypt, Apples from America and so on. I don’t know whatever is happening to the amazing local produce that we are forced to import stuff from elsewhere. The fact that these imported products seem fresh raises multiple alarms in me as to how many preservatives are being used. Sigh.
I am big fan of Star Bazaar (this is genuinely from my experience and not sponsored) and all the measures they take to bring in local produce. During a weekend, I saw fresh baby carrots – stems and all. Given how fresh they were, I couldn’t help picking some myself.
I did not have a recipe in mind. I don’t even know what I was thinking, buying a bunch of baby carrots. If not anything, we can munch them as it is, was my thought. Once home, I realized I could roast them in the oven. I had some nice oranges and decided to use them too. And then, adding honey along with olive oil seemed like a good idea. So it was roasted carrots with orange zest/juice and honey that I made.
I was so impressed with these fresh carrots, I couldn’t stop clicking pictures. Infact I spent a lot of time clicking them than cooking them 😀
At one point, the husband had to intervene for I had not cooked any lunch being engrossed in photographing these carrots. Soon, the lunch was made and served. And I was back to my camera and carrots. With a lot of apprehension, I had to chop off the stems if I had to roast these – in spite of them being so beautiful! I still let a small part of the stem in each carrot for vanity purposes. I scrubbed through the skin of the carrot to remove any dirt and roasted these carrots along with the skin. If required, peel off the skin although I would not recommend it, especially for these baby carrots.
To make Honey Orange Roasted Carrots | Roasted Baby Carrots
What I used –
- Baby Carrots, 10
- Orange Zest, 1 tbsp
- Orange Juice, 3-4 tbsp
- Olive Oil, 1 tbsp
- Salt, as required
- Black Pepper Powder, as required (I did not use it)
How I made –
1. Preheat the oven at 180°C for 7-10 mins.
2. In a bowl, add scrubbed/thoroughly washed baby carrots. Add orange zest, orange juice, olive oil and salt. Gently mix these through the baby carrots. Let them sit for 5 mins.
3. Meanwhile, prepare the oven tray by lining it with aluminum foil. Place the carrots on the tray so that they do not touch each other. Bake in the oven at 180°C for 20-25 mins.
4. Keep an eye on the oven and keep moving the carrots around so that they are roasted evenly. Remove from the oven once the carrots look roasted and tender.
Serve hot as it is!
- I did not remove the skin of the baby carrots, but the skin can be peeled off if desired.
- For additional zing, add some lemon zest too.
- With honey and orange juice, the carrots can be a bit sweet. Add pepper powder if desired.
- Lining the tray with aluminum foil helps in roasting the carrots evenly.
- Olive oil gives a nice flavor to the roasted carrots. But any other vegetable oil can be used.
- If any fresh herbs are available, add them to the carrots and roast along.
- Keep an eye on the carrots while in the oven. The oven temperature and timings differ for different ovens.
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Taking these Honey Orange Roasted Oranges to Fiesta Friday #115. This week’s party is being hosted by Angie along with Julie @ Hostess At Heart and Ashley @ Too Zesty.
Ur recipes n pics r getting better day by day 🙂 I have no words to say how beautiful these look 🙂 lovely lovely
Thanks much Gouthami 🙂 Your comment really made my day!
These look really gorgeous and I can imagine have an exquisite taste with the orange.
I am with you on the fresh produce. We battle here to get the real fresh fruit and veggies just freshly picked from the garden. It really is so sad...those days are long gone. I get so excited when I shop and on that rare occasion (one in a million) that I find a bunch of carrots with the stem attached and actually sand on the carrots...or beetroot or anything for that matter. I have always said I would love to have a massive property and grow all my own, then I know it is all pure with no preservatives and no nasty pesticides. Have a lovely week 🙂
Thanks Lynne 🙂 I so understand about the fresh produce. And it sad, many of us are living with this issue. I would love to have my own garden too. In fact it is my long time dream to quit my job, find a farm land and spend the life in peace! Some day..
The Girl Next Door
I simply love the look and sound of these carrots! I don't usually use my oven to roast or cook veggies - I think I will try this out, though! 🙂
Thanks TGND! I think you should totally try this out. I am not much into roasting veggies in the oven too but then, with these baby carrots that seemed to be the best way.
The Girl Next Door
Thanks for the tip about Star Bazaar too - need to check out the local produce there now. 🙂
Sure TGND. I find their produce far better than other super markets and when they opened up here, there were posters saying they procure their good from local farmers.
these look so cute 🙂
Thanks Trupti 🙂
Cooking For The Time Challenged
This looks great! I think I am going to try it during our holidays!
Sure Carol 🙂 Happy holidays to you and your family!
Cooking For The Time Challenged
Thank you! I am in the middle of my preparations.♨️
Looking forward to our posts 🙂
How did it taste? I tried something of this sort and it looked good but kind of way too sweetish for my taste buds.
Yeah, it surprises me that the fresh veggies lasting that long is scary, the milk does not go bad for few weeks, which is very unheard of. Glad, you were able to get fresh farm veggies.
These carrots were a bit sweet but that is what I expected even while roasting them.
Right about the stuff that doesnt go bad for weeks. Sigh.
If my girl finds out this recipe. She will nag me to prepare it right away.
hahaha how cute! 🙂 Thanks Hiba! Welcome to my blog.
Lynz Real Cooking
Wow CH! This looks amazing!
Thanks Lynn 🙂
Thanks Bharani 🙂
Great idea.. Seasonal fresh veggies are great.
Yeah, thanks Sri 🙂
Rose @ Nish Kitchen
Love baby carrots! Beautiful pictures!
Thanks Rose 🙂
I couldn't blame you on taking home these beautiful babies. They are really good and pretty. Roasting carrots is one of the ways to enjoy them. I prefer them with the skin, too. Thanks for sharing a very simple, yet healthy and delicious recipe. Happy FF!
PS: The photos are gorgeous!
Thanks so much Jhuls 🙂
I like this post for so many reasons. First, I share your frustration with the lack of locally available produce. I am so excited for my CSA to start up in June! It is my first time receiving produce boxes from a local farm. I follow them on facebook so I can watch the veggies growing. It's like having my own garden without any weeding :D.
Second I love that you kept the recipe simple and let the fresh ingredients shine through. I love that they are REAL baby carrots and not the machine cut uniform fake baby carrots available in the supermarket. Great food starts with great ingredients! Thanks for sharing at Fiesta Friday!
Wow your CSA seems very interesting! I would love to join in, if something of this sort is available here locally 🙂 Thanks for your kind words Ashley!
Love and gorgeous pic!!
Thanks Archana 🙂
Freda @ Aromatic essence
Love the pictures, I could see how excited you were to shoot these pics, it reflects through! Great recipe as well 🙂
Thanks much dear 🙂
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These look delicious...love the photos:)
Thank you Zeba 🙂
Such a lovely idea! Very creative and delicious
Thanks Lina 🙂