Glazed Carrots are a favorite side dish for my family. This glazed carrots recipe made with fresh produce is easy enough to make on a busy weeknight, yet delicious enough to make as a Thanksgiving side dish recipe. These roasted carrots are not only picky eater approved, but I’ve had multiple people who think they do not like carrots tell me that they love these.
When my friends at Walmart asked me to share a favorite recipe of mine that uses seasonal, locally grown produce, this glazed carrots recipe came to mind instantly. With the holidays coming up, I’ve got easy holiday side dish recipes on the brain. These roasted carrots will be on my Thanksgiving table, and I know that you will love them on yours as well. Thank you to Walmart for sponsoring this post and letting me share one of our favorite family recipes with you!
Many people are surprised to learn that you can buy locally grown produce in Walmart stores. And by locally grown, we’re talking produce that is bought and sold right in the same state. Walmart offers fresh produce by purchasing fruits and vegetables directly from growers.
I love being able to shop for fresh, local produce quickly and easily at my local Walmart. While I’m there I can also pick up my prescriptions, grab a new tube of mascara, find more cute new Pioneer Woman kitchen products to buy as gifts (possibly for myself, but moving on) and even grab some wrapping paper to wrap those gifts with. We all have such busy lives, and being able to take care of almost all of my to do list in one place always helps make things easier. It’s fantastic that Walmart makes it so easy to buy local produce on my one stop shopping trip. That local produce can even be delivered to my car when I use Walmart’s same-day grocery pickup!
So back to those delicious glazed carrots! When it comes to carrots, I love baby carrots for snacking and full-size carrots for roasting. You can absolutely use baby carrots in this recipe, but I find that the roasted carrots flavor really comes out best with full size carrots. To make, I simply peel the carrots, then chop them, cover them in glaze and pop them into the oven.
For the glaze I use a combination for olive oil and agave syrup. Maple syrup can absolutely be used in place of agave in this recipe if desired. That said, we really love the warm, almost caramelly flavor that agave syrup provides, and you can pick it up at your local Walmart as well. I combine that with some salt, pepper and a bit of cinnamon, and place them all in a Ziploc bag to shake and coat well. If you really want to ramp up the sweetness, you can toss in 2 tablespoons of brown sugar as well.
Then into the oven it goes for 25-30 minutes. Because I prefer mine to have a bit of bite left in them, I always undertake them a bit and pull them by the 25 minute mark, but you can test yours with a fork and pull them out when they are just the consistency you prefer. After removing them from the oven, I top them with some fresh, local parsley picked up from my local Walmart, and they are ready to serve.
Glazed Carrots Recipe
- 1 pound fresh carrots washed and peeled
- 2 tbsp olive oil
- 2 tbsp agave syrup maple syrup can also be used
- 1/4 tsp cinnamon
- salt and pepper to taste
- 1/4 cup fresh, chopped parsley
- 1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees F.
- 2. Slice carrots diagonally into approximately 1 - 1.5" size pieces. Try to keep pieces similar in baking size, meaning the small end of the carrot would have larger cut pieces while you'd want to cut the larger end of the carrot thinner.
- Combine olive oil, agave syrup, cinnamon, salt and pepper and stir well to combine. Transfer to a large zipper top bag. Add carrots, close and shake well to coat thoroughly.
- Bake for approximately 25-35 minutes, or until desired tenderness has been reached. Start checking carrots with a fork at 25 minutes, testing to see how easily the fork pierces the carrots. When carrots are soft and easily pierced, they are done.
- Remove from oven, transfer to a serving dish, and sprinkle with fresh chopped parsley. Serve immediately.
These glazed carrots pair will with my easy Macaroni and Cheese recipe!
I hope your family enjoys these delicious roasted glazed carrots as much as my family does. Make sure to look for fresh, local produce the next time you are shopping at Walmart. Look for the local “Look For Local” sign in the produce department to help you find what’s fresh and local at your Walmart.