Healthy(ish) cooking on a Budget(ish)

Rosemary & Thyme Roasted Carrots

Roasted Carrots

Trader Joe’s Herb Pots

Trader Joe’s has the cutest little herb plants by their front doors, miniature pots of thyme, rosemary, basil, and sage for $2.

A few weeks ago I bought some Sweet Basil and  Thyme (because, why not?!) for our kitchen. They were halfway surviving the darkness that is Seattle in the winter, but then we left for London for five days. I forgot to ask my roommate to water them and our cat is pretty lazy and doesn’t help much around the house, so they were dead by the time I came back.

Side note here: I read an article the other day that said Seattle has been darker during the day for the last week than it ever was during the Solar Eclipse when we were at 93% totality. Crazy. There is a reason why horror movies are film here!

Oh well back to the story. I wasn’t too upset at my plants dying, it was only four dollars out the door (cheaper than buying the pre-packaged herbs in the produce section that are bad within the week anyways!). But I did love how they looked in the kitchen, so I went back to invest another four dollars. Instead, I came back with a big pot of a “Stuffing Garden”, which includes plenty of healthy and  rosemary, thyme, and sage for making a great stuffing.

Total investment: $7. It’s a great replacement!

trader joes herbs

Finding the Right Food

I couldn’t wait to use some of the fresh herbs but I wasn’t in the mood for stuffing, so I grabbed some whole carrots while at the store and made up this quick and easy recipe: Rosemary & Thyme Roasted Carrots. It’s perfect for a holiday side dish or a simple meal prep side, plenty of flavor packed in.

If you are at Trader Joe’s before the holidays, grab one of these pots! Plenty of herbs for all the holiday recipes and the pot will [hopefully] keep growing and give you plenty of seasonings in the next year. And fresh seasonings are always best!

Rosemary & Thyme Roasted Carrots

The Recipe

Print Recipe
Rosemary & Thyme Roasted Carrots
Roasted Carrots
Course Side
Cuisine American
Prep Time 5 Minutes
Cook Time 30 Minutes
Servings
Carrots
Course Side
Cuisine American
Prep Time 5 Minutes
Cook Time 30 Minutes
Servings
Carrots
Roasted Carrots
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 400.
  2. Mix olive oil and seasonings in the small bowl, then generously coat each carrot with the mixture. Place on a cookie sheet lined with parchment paper.
  3. Top with fresh herbs, then bake for approximately 30 minutes until soft and slightly darkened.
  4. Serve warm with fresh herbs as a garnish!
Recipe Notes

Rosemary & Thyme Carrots are vegan & vegetarian, dairy & gluten free, Paleo and Whole30 compatible.



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