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Roasted Carrots and…Celery?

Do you ever have food that you don’t really know what to do with? I bought 2 large stalks of celery for a soup I was going to make, but never ended up making the soup. I’m not a huge fan of celery, but I’m too cheap to just toss it and let it go to waste. I was really in the mood for some roasted carrots, so I thought I’d try roasting the celery right along side the carrots, why not?!

Roasted Carrots and Celery with Garlic and Curry

INGREDIENTS
2 pounds carrots
2 large stalks of celery
2 T garlic oil
2 tsp. curry powder

** If you want to make them sweet, take away one T olive oil and add 1-2 T maple syrup **
** If you want to use regular olive oil, that’s fine, just use a few cloves of chopped fresh garlic instead **

DIRECTIONS

  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees. If you want, shred the carrot’s outer layer (this is not necessary but some people like their carrots shredded). Rinse the carrots and celery well, then chop them into somewhat equal sized pieces.
  2. Add all veggies to a large ziplock bag and add the oil and curry (and garlic if you choose). 3. Zip the bag, allowing some air to get in the bag. Shake the bag and get the ingredients evenly distributed among the veggies.4. Dump the veggies onto a large baking pan and evenly distribute them on the pan.5. Roast for ~20-30 minutes.

Once they cool down a bit (like in the photo below) they get all shriveled up and ugly. So yeah, they aren’t as good as when they are straight out of the oven. But if you just pop them into the oven at 350 for ten minutes, they are good as new! If you don’t want to do that, just zap them in the microwave, I promise they are still delicious.

I probably won’t be going out of my way to buy celery for roasting again any time soon, but I’m officially addicted to roasted carrots. Nick and I can’t get enough. No more baby carrots for us! I’m sticking to the larger carrots that aren’t as processed and are much cheaper.

QUESTION: Do you like roasted carrots? Or, do you prefer your carrots cold, dipped in Ranch dressing?  What do you do with celery, if you do in fact eat it? I’m curious, other than celery and PB I just don’t understand the appeal of celery.

HAVE A GREAT WEEKEND EVERYONE!! Are you going to be dressing up for Halloween?!

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