This week I’m excited to tell you that Melanie from Melanie Makes is joining us here as a regular recipe contributor. I rarely have recipes to post myself so I thought having someone experienced in such things would be a great addition to the Org Junkie lineup. At the end of every month Melanie will be sharing a new recipe with us. Please welcome her to the team everyone!
I’m so excited to be joining Laura as a monthly contributor to I’m An Organizing Junkie! I’m Melanie from Melanie Makes
and I’ve been participating in Menu Plan Monday for the past four years. I actually went back to my archives and found my first Menu Plan Monday submission from July of 2009. No matter how much has changed in my life since then, participating in Menu Plan Monday is such a great source of inspiration and accountability for me as i help care for our family of five. Having our evening meals planned in advance relieves so much guesswork and stress!
Something that definitely makes meal planning and getting dinner on the table each night a bit easier is quick and flavorful recipes. I love to cook and experiment with new ideas, but also know with three little ones running circles – literally – around my house come meal time that I can’t be creating anything too time intensive. That’s where this recipe comes in. Not only is it budget friendly, but it literally takes minutes to prepare.
Roasted and caramelized baby carrots combine with spices you’d typically find in my beloved cup of chai tea to create a warm and comforting side dish. The sweet of the carrots paired with the warmth of the spices creates such a one of a kind taste. I can’t believe it took me this long to finally execute this idea!
Chai Spiced Roasted Baby Carrots
32 oz. baby carrots
2 tablespoons olive oil
1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon ground cardamom
1/4 teaspoon ground cloves
pinch ground nutmeg
pinch ground ginger
Preheat oven to 450 degrees.
On a baking sheet lined with a silicone mat or aluminum foil, toss carrots with olive oil. Season with salt and pepper. Roast for 30 minutes, stirring every 10 minutes.
Meanwhile, in a small bowl stir together all spices.
After roasting, toss carrots with spices to taste. You’ll likely find you’ll use only half of the spice mixture leaving the other half for a future recipe.
You’d never guess that two bags of baby carrots that I purchased on sale for 49 cents a bag could be transformed into such a flavorful dish. That’s less than the price of a bag of veggies you’d find in the freezer section of your grocery store. No processed ingredients, nothing you can’t pronounce. These carrots will be finding themselves on our menu plan again soon!
Looking for additional recipes to add to your menu plan? Here are a few of my family’s favorites:
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You can find Melanie online at Melanie Makes where she documents cooking, creating and caring for her family. Repeat. Melanie lives in Cleveland, OH, with her husband, three children, two cats and Lizzie, the 15 year old turtle.