My mom’s recipe for Orange Glazed Carrots is a healthy, clean eating side dish that celebrates spring! The bright, tender, and fresh carrots are a great option for Easter, but they’re also just a really quick way to add some veggies to a weeknight meal!
Spring and carrots just go together, right?! And if you want to make sure that your children will actually eat the vegetables that you prepare, try adding a sweet orange glaze over top. Works every.darn.time.
With the exception of Thanksgiving, it seems like side dishes often get overlooked when it comes to planning a meal. But in reality, a big slab of meat on a plate and nothing to go along with it can look very…um, uninspiring?! That’s why I like to have a few go-to options that don’t require any special ingredients or too much extra time. These are the sides that I can pull together at the last minute when I realize that I have nothing other than a Easy Citrus-Glazed Ham to serve for supper!
Speaking of that amazing Citrus-Glazed Ham, these carrots would be their perfect companion! Add some “Spring Fling” Fluff Fruit Salad, Meghan’s 4-Ingredient Party Salad, and some Cheddar, Chive, and Bacon Biscuits to the table and you have a complete Easter dinner…and none of it requires more than a few minutes of preparation. Can’t beat that — especially on a holiday!
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Orange Glazed Carrots
- 2 cups sliced carrots about ¾ lb.
- ¼ cup freshly-squeezed orange juice
- 1 teaspoon honey
- 1 teaspoon cornstarch
- 1/8 teaspoon salt
- 1/8 teaspoon ground ginger
- Fresh parsley and chives for garnish
Steam carrots until tender. I do this by placing my sliced carrots in a microwave-safe dish with a small amount of water. Cover and cook for approximately 4-5 minutes, stirring halfway through. Drain any excess liquid from carrots.
Meanwhile, in a small saucepan, whisk together orange juice, honey, cornstarch, salt, and ginger. Cook over medium heat, whisking constantly until sauce thickens.
Pour sauce over cooked carrots and toss to coat.
Here’s your complete Easter menu…and it’s a QUICK one!