In the November 2022 issue of Austin Fit Magazine, I was featured with my dear friend Kati Epps, Founder of MyBody GX, Health Coach and Nutritionist, to create healthy additions to your holiday meals. Kati and I each developed two recipes shared in the article and today I am featuring her fabulous side dish, Sweet and Spicy Harissa Carrots.
As we create our holiday menus, make sure to include classics and family favorites… maybe adding a new dish from time to time. Incorporating new recipes can bring bright flavors, textures, and healthy additions to your celebrations. Sweet and Spicy Harissa Carrots have just the perfect amount of honey and spicy harissa seasoning.
Sweet and Spicy Harissa Carrots
- 2 cloves garlic minced
- 1 tbsp harissa paste*
- 1 tbsp honey
- 2 tbsp avocado oil
- 2 lbs tri-colored carrots
- salt + pepper to taste
- Additional Toppings Pistachios, tahini, extra virgin olive oil, fresh parsley
- Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
- In a small mixing bowl, combine minced garlic, harissa paste, honey, avocado oil, salt, and pepper. Set aside.
- Place carrots on a baking sheet, lined with parchment paper. Pour the harissa mixture over carrots and toss to coat. Roast 30-35 minutes, until carrots are tender when pierced with a fork.
- Transfer to a serving dish and top as desired.
This recipe is slightly sweet with a balance of savory, and just a hint of spice. Harissa seasoning originated in North Africa and can be found in three different forms, powder, paste and sauce. Using tri-colored carrots creates a beautiful dish that brightens the table, making this dish incredibly appealing. The warm roasted carrots pair so well with most proteins, especially turkey, beef, ham, lamb, or chicken. Enjoy!
Supplies + Tool List
~If using whole carrots, scrub or clean and cut as desired. Remove carrot tops or leave for a beautiful presentation. Baby carrots are excellent to ease meal prep and perfect for serving size.
~If you cannot find harissa paste, you can create your own using a 2:1 ratio of olive oil and harissa seasoning.