Showing posts with label carrots. Show all posts
Showing posts with label carrots. Show all posts

27 July 2015

Roasted Green Beans with Carrots, Onions and Honey


I firmly believe that good meals need not be complicated.

In fact, I have a three-items-on-the menu role. A savory with a compliment and a contrast. Simple meals, in my opinion, are more elegant.

A favorite here is roasted chicken with fresh French bread and a tossed salad.  More often than not, the starchy item is eliminated, and replaced with a vegetable side dish.

I would serve this simple side dish with pork and cole slaw (made with pineapple).

Roasted Green Beans with Carrots, Onions and Honey (serves two)
  • 1 cup trimmed green beans, cut into 1-inch pieces
  • 1/2 cup carrots, trimmed into slender, 1-inch pieces
  • 1 small sweet onion, sliced or cubed
  • 1 Tablespoon olive oil
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 1 teaspoon honey (optional)
  • 1 teaspoon unsalted butter (optional)

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

Using a medium sauce pan, bring about two cups of water to a boil. Add the beans and carrots and boil for two minutes. Remove vegetables and plunge into ice water to stop the cooking.

Grease a shallow casserole or pan. Add the vegetables, including the onions, and drizzle with olive oil. Place in the oven and roast for about 45 minutes or until golden brown. Toss frequently during roasting.

I added butter and honey after roasting. The result was a sweet-salty side dish.




18 April 2014

Carrot-Raisin Slaw with Cashews

Carrot Slaw with Dressing
Asparagus may be the vegetable we most associate with spring, but in popular culture, the carrot reigns supreme as an edible icon. I love carrots: their color, flavor, association with rabbits, nutrients and lore. Remember your mother telling you that eating carrots was good for your eyes?

A few years ago, multi colored carrots began appearing at area farm markets. I love them for the gentle variations in flavor and the way they look when prepared together.

Carrots pair well with lamb or ham, and look good when sharing table space with a green vegetable.

Although our plans are to dine out on Sunday, I couldn't let the weekend pass without making at least one carrot dish, one that complements a formal meal as well as a sandwich: Carrot-Raisin Slaw.

For the dressing:
  • 1/2 cup mayonnaise
  • 1 tablespoon fruity balsamic vinegar (I used pomegranate)
  • 2 teaspoons brown sugar
  • generous dash cinnamon
  • dash dried thyme leaves
  • dash sea salt
For the salad:
  • 2 cups grated or julienned carrots (about three large carrots)
  • 1/4 cup raisins 
  • 1/4 cup peanuts or cashews, coarsely chopped
  • 1/4 cup sweet onion, minced (optional)

Make the dressing first, blending the ingredients well and setting aside so the flavors marry.

Grate or julienne the carrots; I used a julienne tool similar to this one. Add the raisins, onion and nuts. Chill. Add the dressing before serving as the color in the carrots will turn the dressing pink if the dressing is added too soon.

I used purple carrots, which are loaded with beta carotene.

This lovely little slaw would be elegant on the dinner table yet perfect with leftovers. It's a bit like wearing jeans with a dressy shirt and pearls.

Why not?


21 February 2014

Roasted Carrots with Brown Sugar and Thyme

Roasted Carrots with Brown Sugar and Thyme

I really never know what's on the menu for the week until I shop at the farm market.