Oven roasted sweet potatoes and carrots with a honey sesame glaze make a delicious healthy vegetable side dish for the holidays (or any time of year really). These honey rosted vegetables will have you feeling like it's the holidays, anytime of year!
Holidays are a funny thing when you're far away from family. Especially if the country you're in doesn't observe that holiday.
This year we kind of forgot Canadian Thanksgiving. We didn't remember until our families back home told us what they had done for their Thanksgiving get together. Oops!
I guess we have another chance with American Thanksgiving just around the corner, but I honestly doubt we'll do anything that remotely resembles a turkey dinner. It's only the 3 of us after all.
However, my sister is planning to visit us for Christmas. So I'll save my holidays-in-a-foreign-country logistics for that. Not a turkey, but maybe I can manage a roast chicken? At least I know this great place here in Chiang Mai (SP Chicken) that specializes in roasting them.
I have no worries about sides or salads though. Side dishes like these Baked Green Beans are somewhat of my specialty. Be it for holiday dinners or a regular weeknight meal.
These honey sesame roasted vegetables have been a huge hit in our family. Veggies can be a hit or miss with Konrad, but he kept saying how much he loved these sweet potatoes and carrots. Even Olivia gobbled up her portion in no time, and I had to give her not one but 2(!) refills.
The only kind of sweet potatoes I can find here in Chiang Mai are these purple skinned Japanese ones. The skin is really thin and I love the color contrast, so I didn't peel them. If you are using thick skinned yams instead, you may want to remove the peel though.
I am giving you a few options for the honey glaze. While I used regular soy sauce, you can also use Tamari for a gluten-free option, or coconut aminos to make this yummy side dish also paleo-friendly.
Serve the honey sesame roasted vegetables hot from the oven. Any leftovers make a really great salad topping for lunch the next day.
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Honey Sesame Roasted Sweet Potato and Carrots
- 1.5 lb sweet potatoes 2 medium ones
- 1 lb carrots 2 large ones
- salt pepper and cinnamon
- 2 tablespoons honey divided
- 2 tablespoons coconut or olive oil
- 1 tablespoon soy sauce tamari or coconut aminos
- 2 teaspoons sesame seeds
- sliced green onion
- Preheat oven to 400 F. Prepare a large baking sheet - I like to line mine with parchment for easier cleanup.
- Cut the sweet potato into ½ inch cubes and slice the carrot to ¼ inch thick coins. Season with salt, pepper and a little cinnamon. Toss with 1 tablespoon honey and oil and roast for about 30 minutes. Toss half way through. For charred edges you can turn on the broiler for the last 5 minutes.
- Mix the remaining tablespoon of honey with soy sauce and stir into the roasted vegetables. Sprinkle with sesame seeds and green onion, and serve hot.
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Honey pairs well with various vegetables like carrots, sweet potatoes, butternut squash, and even Brussels sprouts. It adds a touch of natural sweetness to these veggies when roasted.
Yes, honey complements vegetables, especially when used as a glaze for roasting. It adds a delightful sweetness to the dish.
Many vegetables are suitable for roasting, including potatoes, carrots, sweet potatoes, butternut squash, bell peppers, and broccoli. Roasting enhances their flavor and texture.
Roasted vegetables can be healthy as long as you don't overdo the oil or sweeteners. Roasting retains many nutrients, and they're a delicious way to enjoy your veggies.
Sesame oil can add a unique flavor when used in moderation for roasting vegetables. It works particularly well with Asian-inspired dishes.
Toasted sesame seeds are cooked dry in a pan until they turn golden and release their nutty aroma. Roasted sesame seeds may have added oil or flavorings and can be done in an oven.
Honey roasted sesame sticks typically consist of sesame seeds, honey, wheat flour, and other seasonings. They are baked to a crunchy texture.
The calorie count for honey roasted sesame sticks can vary by brand and serving size but generally ranges from 130 to 160 calories per ounce. It's essential to check the label for precise information.