Add a pop of color to your holiday table with this veggie side! This colorful Roasted Green Beans, Carrots, and Cranberries with Almonds side dish by Cricket Azima and The Creative Kitchen features cranberries in a simple way, without having them overpower the whole dish. Fresh cranberries have a great tart flavor and are full of vitamin C and fiber. They are also packed with more disease-fighting antioxidants than most other fruits and vegetables – making them a great, healthful addition to your holiday table!
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1 lb. fresh green beans, trimmed and chopped in half (about 4 cups)
1 cup fresh cranberries, cut into halves
2 cups carrots, peeled and cut into ½ inch rounds
2 tbsp. olive oil, divided
1 tsp. salt
½ tsp. pepper
2 tsp. dried herbs or 1 tbsp. fresh herbs, such as rosemary or sage
1 cup chopped or slivered almonds, lightly toasted
1. Preheat oven to 400°.
2. Combine green beans, cranberries, carrots, and 1 tbsp. olive oil in a large bowl.
3. Add salt, pepper, and herbs of choice. Stir to coat completely.
4. Spread onto a baking sheet covered with aluminum foil, and roast in oven for 20-30 minutes, or until all vegetables are fork tender.
5. Remove from oven and allow to cool slightly. Toss with remaining olive oil and toasted almonds before serving.
Tips & Trick:
• If you can’t find fresh cranberries, frozen cranberries will work just as well!
• This recipe is easily to customize to your family’s tastes. Add your favorite herbs and nuts to make it your own.
The Creative Kitchen™, LLC, teaches children about food and how to cook in a fun, safe, and educational manner. Targeting families with children ages two to teen, the company focuses on teaching, writing creative content and curriculum, special events, recipe development, spokesperson work, webisode production and consulting to present educational and entertaining content through food-related activities. The founder, Cricket Azima, is an expert in cooking for and with children. She inspires kids to express themselves creatively through food and cooking, while complementing lessons with traditional educational material such as social studies, math, arts, science, and more. Visit www.thecreativekitchen.com for more information.