Meatless Monday: Roasted Carrots

This entry was posted on Feb 27, 2017 by Charlotte Bell.

meatless mondayI love carrots no matter how they’re served. I especially like fresh, raw garden carrots. They have been a staple in my cooking for years, in soups, salads and stews. But I’ve rarely given them star status. They’ve always been an integral part of a recipe, but never the main event.

I recently acquired a new cookbook, The Forest Feast by Erin Gleeson. It’s a fun read, with simple recipes, photos—always a plus—and appealing artwork throughout. One simple recipe that looked intriguing on first perusal was a recipe titled Red Roasted Carrots.

I tried it this week and it was sensational. The prep takes very little time: about 5 minutes to slice the carrots, 2-3 minutes to assemble the spices and 30 seconds to shake them all up in a plastic bag with the oil. The hefty flavoring provides a whole lot of bang for your buck.

Because there were just two of us sharing the carrots, I cut the recipe in half. In general, I find that roasted veggies don’t make great leftovers. Halving the recipe was perfect for two.

Also, I cut the cayenne in half, as 1/4 teaspoon for three carrots seemed like a lot. The heat was present, but not overwhelming.

Meatless Monday: Red Roasted Carrots
  • 6 carrots, diagonally chopped in 1/8-inch slices
  • 1/2 t cinnamon
  • 1/2 t cayenne (or to taste)
  • 1/2 t sweet paprika
  • 1/2 t garlic powder
  • 1/2 t salt
  • 1 T olive oil, plus 1 t sesame oil
  1. meatless mondayPreheat oven to 400°.
  2. Put the carrots and spices in a plastic bag and shake them up so that the carrots are coated. Add the oil and shake again to coat.
  3. Roast carrots for about 20 minutes, until the edges are nicely browned. Enjoy them warm!

If you’d like to browse more recipes in The Forest Feast, visit


About Charlotte Bell
Charlotte Bell discovered yoga in 1982 and began teaching in 1986. Charlotte is the author of Mindful Yoga, Mindful Life: A Guide for Everyday Practice and Yoga for Meditators, both published by Rodmell Press. Her third book is titled Hip-Healthy Asana: The Yoga Practitioner’s Guide to Protecting the Hips and Avoiding SI Joint Pain (Shambhala Publications). She writes a monthly column for CATALYST Magazine and serves as editor for Yoga U Online. Charlotte is a founding board member for GreenTREE Yoga, a non-profit that brings yoga to underserved populations. A lifelong musician, Charlotte plays oboe and English horn in the Salt Lake Symphony and folk sextet Red Rock Rondo, whose DVD won two Emmy awards in 2010.

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