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Honey Ginger Roasted Carrots
Gather around friends while I tell you a tale of a long forgotten creature with intelligence beyond compare. A creature that can outsmart anyone and anything and never move a HARE. The creature I am talking about is Bugs Bunny (did you see what I did there? With the hare thing?) Mr. Bugs Bunny has entertained millions for the past fifty three years and injured numerous Elmer Fudds and Daffy Ducks alike. I grew up watching the Looney Toons cartoon shorts and spending my days trying to conquer the improbable physics of cartoons. Did Warner Brothers really expect me to believe that one could walk off of a cliff and NOT fall until they looked at the ground? I think not.
I believe that one main reason I loved these cartoons so much growing up is because I am an avid animal lover. Seeing my fuzzy woodland friends outsmarting the human race surely tickled my funny bone. I loved animals so much that I wanted to be a zoologist as soon as I found out what the darn word meant. This proclamation of a profession at such an early age led, of course, to my little book-worm self researching as much as I could about animals and what they were about (except snakes. Screw snakes.) In my research I took a particular interest in bunny rabbits and was shocked to learn that (remember I was about 5 when this fascination took root) rabbits do in fact eat carrots as part of their diet. The only difference is real rabbits don’t hold their carrots as if they’re Cuban cigars.
Wanting to understand why rabbits ate what they ate, I then started to read about carrots and why they’re so popular amongst my vegetarian quadripeds. As far as I got with animals, carrots are just plain tasty. However, with my two-legged comrades, carrots are incredibly healthy. They are also very high in vitamin A, which is beneficial to eye sight. Upon hearing this I began eating plenty of these orange treats. They still to this day are one of my favorite snacks. But plain ol’ carrots can be a bit boring if you eat enough of them. So I started to think of ways I could make carrots a delicious side dish to eat with salmon, chicken, or that pesky Thanksgiving turkey. I found a recipe recently that truly didn’t disappoint and incorporates all of my favorite flavors together.
What You’ll Need
- 1 pound of peeled carrots
- 1/4 cup of honey
- 1/4 cup olive oil
- 3 teaspoons freshly grated ginger root
- 2 tablespoons soy sauce
- 2 cloves of garlic (say it with me: ALL the garlic!)
- 1-2 tablespoons of brown sugar
First, preheat your oven to 400 degrees. Line a baking sheet with tin foil and spray with a nonstick cooking spray (PAM is a really good one). In a small bowl, whisk all of your ingredients except for the carrots together until they’re thoroughly combined. Toss your carrots in the glaze until generously coated and place on your baking sheet. Bake for approximately 20 minutes or longer if you have really big carrots) and then serve with your favorite entree. This dish was so easy and the results were amazing. I know exactly what I’ll be making for Thanksgiving dinner this year and I know Bugs would be proud.