Super Simple Side Dish: Carrots with Feta Cheese & Toasted Pine Nuts

Carrots w/ Feta Cheese & Toasted Pine Nuts // The Spicy RDMeet your new, super simple side dish BFF…Steamed carrots topped with Feta cheese  & Pine Nuts!

Today, I give you simple.

If you’re anything like me, once you find something that works, like a fun new hairstyle, a heart pounding workout that leaves you feeling great, or a veggie that BOTH of your kids will eat, you jump on it, and never let it go!

For my kids, carrots are that veggie, and, if you can imagine this, I discovered that when topped with a smidge of delicious Kerrygold Pure Irish Butter, I can’t keep enough carrots on the dinner table.

Seriously.

Please do a girl a favor, and let me know if I start looking like I’ve had a bad spray tan from eating too many carrots!

So, needless to say, I’ve jumped on the carrot bandwagon pretty hard as of late, and carrots have been making a major appearance at our dinner table.

And, while I can’t say I’ve given up on the sublime simplicity of plain buttered carrots, which are fabulous in their own right, I figure why not take things up a notch with some feta cheese and toasted pine nuts???

Carrots with Feta and Pine Nuts // The Spicy RDBecause, let’s face it…

Pretty much everything tastes better with feta and pine nuts.

Don’t worry…

If you disagree with me, we can still be friends :-)

I’m a little hesitant to call this a recipe, because it is SO easy, but, I think I nailed the perfect proportions of sweet carrots, salty feta, and crunchy pine nuts, so here you go…

Carrots with Feta & Pine Nuts

Prep Time: 8 minutes

Cook Time: 7 minutes

Total Time: 15 minutes

Yield: 4 servings

Serving Size: ~1 cup

What's easier, or more delicious, than a simple side dish of steamed carrots, toasted pine nuts, and feta cheese? Not much!

Ingredients

  • 3 cups carrot rounds, peeled and sliced about 1/4 inch thick
  • 4 ounces crumbled feta cheese
  • 1/4 cup pine nuts, toasted

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees, and place pine nuts in a single layer on a baking sheet. Bake for approximately 2 minutes, or until light golden brown. Be careful not to let the pine nuts burn.
  2. While the pine nuts are toasting, steam the carrots for approximately 6 minutes or until tender crisp.
  3. Mix crumbled feta cheese and pine nuts in to carrots, and serve while still warm.
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Carrots with Feta and Pine Nuts // The Spicy RD

Nutrition Stuff…

  • Naturally gluten-free and vegetarian.
  • Rich in vitamin’s A & K, plus a good source of fiber, potassium, and vitamin C.
  •  Carotenoids!!!  You know…the pretty pigments and antioxidants that help carrots protect your cells from free radicals, provide you with a boost of immunity, keep your heart healthy, potentially help ward off certain types of cancers, and, last by not least, help keep your peepers healthy!
  • In a word, polyacetylenes! Or, a fancy word for another phytonutrient found in carrots that may help inhibit the growth of colon cancer cells.
  • Fun fact #1: China is the largest producer of carrots in the world, followed by Russia, and the United Sates.
  • Fun Fact #2: Did you know carrots come in all shades of the rainbow including orange, purple, yellow, white, and red???
  • Learn more at The World’s Healthiest Foods!

More Carrot Recipes to Love…

And for more Super Simple Side Dishes, follow my Pinterest Board: Eat More Veggies! Easy Side Dishes.

Because, let’s face it…

Just like feta and pine nuts, we could all use a little more simple in our lives!

What’s “working for you” these days? Which one of these carrot recipes would you like to try the most? What’s your favorite super simple veggie side dish?  Got kids?  If so, what’s their favorite veggie???

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Comments

  1. EA – I love how easy this recipe is! Sounds delicious. I am still on the lookout for rainbow carrots – they are so pretty.

  2. Sounds delicious! Love how easy and quick this is!

  3. YES everything is better with feta. I actually say, on a regular basis, “mo fetta mo betta”

  4. This is absolutely the most gorgeous dish of carrots ever photographed. Love the blue background. And your hairdo and photo is fab! I seriously need a do like that!

    • Ahh…my “secret” blue background :-) It’s actually my pool, and with the sun setting earlier I had to take my carrots outside to photograph them and get enough light! Glad you like the hairdo! Now, if only I could style it that way myself…:-)

  5. THAT is a terrific carrot combination.
    Also – Please continue to snap pics of your recipes in front of the pool, very pleasing to my eyes :)

  6. Hope you don’t mind – I love this gorgeous carrot dish so I added it to my food photo site (Food Foto Gallery) for all to see. Attribution was given to you and I hope that you gain a few new visitors, as well.

  7. This dish is calling my name, loud and clear!! It sounds wonderful. I really love feta and pinenuts, great combo!

  8. Ooh, I love simple, fresh, veggie-based side dishes like this. It looks SO delicious + perfect!

  9. looks delicious funny when you linked to the butter I thought it would be in the recipe

  10. We love carrots (a staple crop here in Scotland – and they are SO sweet!) and this is a keeper of any idea. I do something similar but raw and more a salad (with parsley, sunflower seeds and vinaigrette), so I heartily welcome this is a warm, wintry side dish idea. PS My mum-in-law once had a thing for carrots and ate so many she actually did go a bit orange, with her palms really very orange! I have no idea how many she was eating but it must’ve been quite a lot :D

  11. Did you say simple? You have my attention! I wanted to say thank you for the sweet comment on my Pan de Muerto post. I hope your daughter makes the bread soon, it is really fabulous. I miss the the Dia de los Muertos celebrations, they don’t happen here in Charlotte. I hope you are doing well! Your recipe sounds like a fun, flavorful, and healthy side dish:-) Hugs, Terra

  12. I think I love “not sure it’s a recipe” recipes best. This sounds great. Kerrygold? Amazing stuff. Now, if one of my kids could stop saying “I’d like this better without the nuts” I’d be so happy.

  13. Carrots!! It’s the one dish I can count on everyone eating. But I get bored of the same old thing… this is just what I needed. I think I see lunch…!!!

  14. Feta does make everything better. Delicious!

  15. Carrots are a favorite in my house too – my toddler loves them! I love this simple recipe with three of my favorite things!

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