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Did you know that we Americans consume more carrots than any other people in the world? On average, each of us consumes 11.5 pounds of these robust roots a year. Can you even imagine how those numbers would increase if more people knew they could get carrots in (almost) all the colors of the rainbow? We're on a mission to make that happen, one carrot at a time, with Trader Joe's and the Organic Carrots of Many Colors.
A little history… until a few hundred years ago, carrots were most common in myriad colors. The Dutch combined a yellow carrot with a red one and came up with orange, their national color. These new carrots took hold and became the standard by which other carrots are judged. These days, the colorful originals are making a comeback, and while we're big fans of orange carrots, we also have a strong affinity for the Organic Carrots of Many Colors. Every two pound bag is filled with a random assortment of yellow, cream/white, red, and of course orange carrots. They all taste like carrots -- no surprise there -- but their color really pops on a plate.
- 2 pounds carrots, well scrubbed or peeled
- 2 TB. Extra Virgin Olive Oil or Blood Orange Olive Oil
- 2 TB. maple syrup
- 1 tsp. grainy mustard
- 1 tsp. dijon mustard
- 1/2 TB. white miso paste
- 1/2 TB. rice vinegar
- 2 tsp. lite soy sauce
- 2 garlic cloves, minced
- 2 tsp. parsley flakes
- Toss the carrots in half of the mixture of the olive oil, maple syrup, mustards, miso, vinegar, and soy sauce.
- Arrange carrots in a single layer on a baking sheet. Arrange minced garlic in between carrots. Sprinkle with parsley flakes.
- Bake in a preheated oven 400 degrees until tender and lightly golden brown, about 20-30 minutes, turning half way through, before tossing them in the remaining glaze and serving.
- You want to use thin carrots about 3/4 on an inch or less, so that they roast quickly. If carrots are too thick consider slicing them horizontally before roasting.
- You should be able to find the miso in the Asian section of grocery stores and if you cannot find it simply omit it and these carrots will still be amazing!