Get your kids eating this easy carrot side dish on a weeknight dinner this week! They hold up well in the fridge for a few days, too- making it a meal prep rockstar.
Hey, wanna know how to get your kids eating more vegetables?
Make a carrot dish with butter and maple syrup.
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I know, I know. It sounds like you’re basically making candy out of carrots.
And honestly, in a way, that’s exactly what you’re doing.
This kid-friendly carrot side dish is big, soft bites of carrot, cooked in butter and maple syrup.
First, you caramelize the carrots in butter, getting a lovely brown and toasty thang going.
Then, you add maple syrup and a lid to the pot, so they steam in the sweetness and retain that lovely brown caramelization.
We love these carrots on the side of something hearty, like a pot roast or roast chicken.
And they hold up like rockstars in the fridge for up to 5 days, so they get an extra participation trophy in the meal prep game!
Stovetop Maple Butter Carrots
- 3 pounds carrot
- 2 tablespoons butter
- ½ teaspoon salt
- 2 tablespoons maple syrup
- ½ cup water
- Cut the carrots according to the instructions in Step 1
- If you wish to prepare the carrots fully and then reheat and serve, follow the instructions in Steps 2-5 and store carrots until serving time.
- Cut carrots, uncooked, will last for up to 8 days in the fridge if stored in a resealable bag or container filled with cold water. Cooked carrots will last for up to 5 days in the fridge, or 2 months in the freezer
Prepare From Prepped:
- If cooking on the night of serving (as opposed to reheating and serving), drain carrots of cold water if necessary.
- Follow instructions in Steps 2-5
Make From Fresh:
- Peel and chop the carrots into bite-sized pieces.
- Melt the butter in a large saucepan over medium heat.
- Add the carrots and salt and cook, stirring occasionally, until the carrots have begun to brown and caramelize in the butter.
- Add the maple syrup and stir to coat, then add the water and quickly cover the pan with a tight-fitting lid.
- Cook the carrots until the water has dissolved and the carrots have softened through about 5 minutes.