Roasted Carrots with Cumin and Avocado Crema

Close up of roasted carrots on plate with avocado crema drizzled on top with scallion slices. Roasted Carrots with smoky cumin and scallions, then topped with Avocado Crema are such a delicious and quick side dish for dinner.  Roasting brings out the natural sugar in the carrots, so they get a sweet caramelization with the salty and smoky flavors. The Avocado crema gives creamy and silky balance. Roasted Carrots seasoned with smoky cumin, scallions, salt and pepper and then topped with a creamy and tangy Avocado Crema are such a delicious and quick side dish for a family dinner.  The roasting brings out all of the natural sugars in the carrots, so they get this sweet caramelization in the oven which combines with the salty and smoky cumin seasoning so wonderfully.  The Avocado crema takes it over the top with a creamy and silky balance.  Absolutely a must-make side dish!

Overhead picture of roasted carrots on plate on gray napkin with avocado crema drizzled on top with scallion slices. Roasted Carrots with smoky cumin and scallions, then topped with Avocado Crema are such a delicious and quick side dish for dinner.  Roasting brings out the natural sugar in the carrots, so they get a sweet caramelization with the salty and smoky flavors. The Avocado crema gives creamy and silky balance. 

Carrots are a staple in my house.  When all else fails on the veggie front with my girls, I know that I can always pull out some carrots and feel good that they ate something healthy and nutritious with their dinner.  Roasting the carrots is great way to change it up and change the flavors a bit to make carrots more exciting.  Adding just a hint of cumin gives just a bit of Mexican-inspired smoky flavor that pairs so wonderfully with the Avocado crema.

Roasted Carrots on a pan with scallions. Roasted Carrots with smoky cumin and scallions, then topped with Avocado Crema are such a delicious and quick side dish for dinner.  Roasting brings out the natural sugar in the carrots, so they get a sweet caramelization with the salty and smoky flavors. The Avocado crema gives creamy and silky balance. 

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PREP-AHEAD TO MAKE YOUR ROASTED CARROTS COOKING ‘KIT’

You are busy, so these are the steps you can do a day or two in advance to prepare food ahead!  (See the recipe below for more details)

Pan with raw carrot sticks and cutting board with knife and scallions chopped with salt and pepper and olive oil on counter. Roasted Carrots with smoky cumin and scallions, then topped with Avocado Crema are such a delicious and quick side dish for dinner.  Roasting brings out the natural sugar in the carrots, so they get a sweet caramelization with the salty and smoky flavors. The Avocado crema gives creamy and silky balance. 

For this super easy recipe, you can prepare the cumin, salt, and pepper mixture ahead of time, by just mixing it in a baggie or a small bowl and covering it until ready to use.  In fact, I like to make this in a bigger batch and store it for use in a variety of roasting adventures…roasted chickpeas, roasted cauliflower steaks, roasted broccoli…the list goes on!  It’s a 1:1:1 mixture, so you can measure out a 1-2 tablespoons each of cumin, salt, and pepper and then use a pinch here and a pinch there.

Raw cut carrot sticks on a white cutting board. Roasted Carrots with smoky cumin and scallions, then topped with Avocado Crema are such a delicious and quick side dish for dinner.  Roasting brings out the natural sugar in the carrots, so they get a sweet caramelization with the salty and smoky flavors. The Avocado crema gives creamy and silky balance. 

Next, prepare the carrots, by peeling them and then cutting them into equal size sticks, about 3 inches in length.

sliced scallions with knife on cutting board. Roasted Carrots with smoky cumin and scallions, then topped with Avocado Crema are such a delicious and quick side dish for dinner.  Roasting brings out the natural sugar in the carrots, so they get a sweet caramelization with the salty and smoky flavors. The Avocado crema gives creamy and silky balance. 

Last, you can finely slice the scallions, separating the whites from the greens.  The whites will get roasted with the carrots and the greens are used to garnish and give a fresh burst of flavor.

COOK YOUR ROASTED CARROTS & MAKE AVOCADO CREMA:

Spraying olive oil on raw carrot sticks arranged in line on pan. Roasted Carrots with smoky cumin and scallions, then topped with Avocado Crema are such a delicious and quick side dish for dinner.  Roasting brings out the natural sugar in the carrots, so they get a sweet caramelization with the salty and smoky flavors. The Avocado crema gives creamy and silky balance. 

Arrange the carrots in a single layer on a pan lined with aluminum foil for easy clean up. Drizzle or spray with Extra Virgin Olive Oil.  I love my Sonica Organics Oil Sprayer for this because it is non-aerosol (no toxins and propellants) and is so easy to pump, then spray..  Then sprinkle with the salt, pepper, and cumin mixture. Toss and rub the seasoning and oil all over each of the carrots.

Raw carrots lined up on pan seasoned with sliced scallions over top. Roasted Carrots with smoky cumin and scallions, then topped with Avocado Crema are such a delicious and quick side dish for dinner.  Roasting brings out the natural sugar in the carrots, so they get a sweet caramelization with the salty and smoky flavors. The Avocado crema gives creamy and silky balance. 

Spread the carrots out on the pan so that they are not touching. Sprinkle the Scallion whites over top.  Roast in the over for 30 minutes or until fork tender.

Roasted Carrots with smoky cumin and scallions, then topped with Avocado Crema are such a delicious and quick side dish for dinner.  Roasting brings out the natural sugar in the carrots, so they get a sweet caramelization with the salty and smoky flavors. The Avocado crema gives creamy and silky balance. 

To make the avocado crema, place the avocado, sour cream, juice from half the lime, half and half (or milk), salt and pepper into a food processor. Pulse and then blend until smooth.

Avocado pieces, sour cream, salt, pepper, and lime juice in food processor for Avocado Crema. Roasted Carrots with smoky cumin and scallions, then topped with Avocado Crema are such a delicious and quick side dish for dinner.  Roasting brings out the natural sugar in the carrots, so they get a sweet caramelization with the salty and smoky flavors. The Avocado crema gives creamy and silky balance. To make a pretty zig zag pattern with the Avocado Crema over the carrots, simply transfer the crema to a plastic baggie and snip off the very tip of a bottom corner.

Avocado Crema in food processor and being spooned into plastic baggie. Roasted Carrots with smoky cumin and scallions, then topped with Avocado Crema are such a delicious and quick side dish for dinner.  Roasting brings out the natural sugar in the carrots, so they get a sweet caramelization with the salty and smoky flavors. The Avocado crema gives creamy and silky balance. 

Scissors cutting tip off baggie filled with avocado crema. Roasted Carrots with smoky cumin and scallions, then topped with Avocado Crema are such a delicious and quick side dish for dinner.  Roasting brings out the natural sugar in the carrots, so they get a sweet caramelization with the salty and smoky flavors. The Avocado crema gives creamy and silky balance. 

Using the baggie, squeeze the avocado crema over the carrots in zig zag pattern or any pattern you want!  Sprinkle with the green scallion slices.

Close up of roasted carrots on plate with avocado crema drizzled on top with scallion slices. Roasted Carrots with smoky cumin and scallions, then topped with Avocado Crema are such a delicious and quick side dish for dinner.  Roasting brings out the natural sugar in the carrots, so they get a sweet caramelization with the salty and smoky flavors. The Avocado crema gives creamy and silky balance. 

ENJOY!

😍 Carrie

 

Roasted Carrots with Cumin and Avocado Crema

Roasted Carrots seasoned with smoky cumin, scallions, salt and pepper and then topped with a creamy and tangy Avocado Crema are such a delicious and quick side dish for a family dinner.  The roasting brings out all of the natural sugars in the carrots, so they get this sweet caramelization in the oven which combines with the salty and smokey cumin seasoning so wonderfully.  The Avocado crema takes it over the top with a creamy and silky balance.  Absolutely a must-make side dish!

Course Side Dish
Cuisine American, Mexican
Keyword Avocado, Carrots, Roasted Carrots, Side Dish
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 40 minutes
Servings 4 servings
Author Carrie Tyler

Ingredients

Carrots

  • 4 Carrots, large
  • 2 tsp Extra Virgin Olive Oil
  • 1/4 tsp Cumin
  • 1/4 tsp Salt
  • 1/4 tsp Fresh Ground Pepper
  • 2 Scallions

Avocado Crema

  • 1 Avocado
  • 1/2 Lime
  • 1/4 Cup Sour Cream
  • 3 Tbls Half n Half Milk will work too
  • 1/8 tsp Salt
  • 1/8 tsp Fresh Ground Pepper

Instructions

Prep Ahead

  1. Peel carrots and cut them into equal size sticks - approximately 3 inches in length.

    Raw cut carrot sticks on a white cutting board. Roasted Carrots with smoky cumin and scallions, then topped with Avocado Crema are such a delicious and quick side dish for dinner.  Roasting brings out the natural sugar in the carrots, so they get a sweet caramelization with the salty and smoky flavors. The Avocado crema gives creamy and silky balance. 
  2. Slice scallions and separate the whites from the greens. 

    sliced scallions with knife on cutting board. Roasted Carrots with smoky cumin and scallions, then topped with Avocado Crema are such a delicious and quick side dish for dinner.  Roasting brings out the natural sugar in the carrots, so they get a sweet caramelization with the salty and smoky flavors. The Avocado crema gives creamy and silky balance. 
  3.  If you are prepping a day or more in advance, place the carrots scallion whites and greens into 3 separate baggies and store in the fridge.

  4. You can also prepare the salt, pepper, and cumin mixture in a baggie and set aside.

Cook and Finish

  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees F.

  2. Arrange the carrots in a single layer on a pan lined with aluminum foil for easy clean up.  Drizzle or spray with Extra Virgin Olive Oil.  Then sprinkle with the salt, pepper, and cumin mixture.  Toss and rub the seasoning and oil all over each of the carrots.  Spread the carrots out on the pan so that they are not touching. Sprinkle the Scallion whites over top.

    Raw carrots lined up on pan seasoned with sliced scallions over top. Roasted Carrots with smoky cumin and scallions, then topped with Avocado Crema are such a delicious and quick side dish for dinner.  Roasting brings out the natural sugar in the carrots, so they get a sweet caramelization with the salty and smoky flavors. The Avocado crema gives creamy and silky balance. 
  3. Roast in the over for 30 minutes or until fork tender.

  4. To make the avocado crema, place the avocado, sour cream, juice from half the lime, half and half (or milk), salt and pepper into a Blender.  Pulse and then blend until smooth.  

    Avocado pieces, sour cream, salt, pepper, and lime juice in food processor for Avocado Crema. Roasted Carrots with smoky cumin and scallions, then topped with Avocado Crema are such a delicious and quick side dish for dinner.  Roasting brings out the natural sugar in the carrots, so they get a sweet caramelization with the salty and smoky flavors. The Avocado crema gives creamy and silky balance. 
  5. To make a pretty zig zag pattern with the Avocado Crema over the carrots, simply transfer the crema to a plastic baggie and snip off the very tip of a bottom corner.  Then squeeze the crema over the carrots.

    Scissors cutting tip off baggie filled with avocado crema. Roasted Carrots with smoky cumin and scallions, then topped with Avocado Crema are such a delicious and quick side dish for dinner.  Roasting brings out the natural sugar in the carrots, so they get a sweet caramelization with the salty and smoky flavors. The Avocado crema gives creamy and silky balance. 
  6. Sprinkle with the sliced scallion greens.  Enjoy!!

    Close up of roasted carrots on plate with avocado crema drizzled on top with scallion slices. Roasted Carrots with smoky cumin and scallions, then topped with Avocado Crema are such a delicious and quick side dish for dinner.  Roasting brings out the natural sugar in the carrots, so they get a sweet caramelization with the salty and smoky flavors. The Avocado crema gives creamy and silky balance. 

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