Steamed carrots with feta and pine nuts in a serving dish.
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Easy Steamed Carrots with Feta & Pine Nuts

What's easier, or more delicious, than a simple side dish of steamed carrots, toasted pine nuts, and feta cheese? Not much!
Prep Time5 mins
Cook Time5 mins
Total Time10 mins
Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: American, Gluten Free, Low FODMAP, Mediterranean, MIND Diet, Vegetarian
Keyword: baby carrot recipes, carrot recipes side dish, healthy carrot recipes
Servings: 4 servings
Calories: 165kcal
Author: EA Stewart, RD | Registered Dietitian Nutritionist

Ingredients

  • 3 cups sliced carrots or baby carrots
  • 4 ounces crumbled feta cheese
  • 1/4 cup pine nuts toasted

Instructions

  • 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.
  • While the pine nuts are toasting, peel and slice the carrots into ~1/4 inch rounds.
  • Steam the carrots in a steamer pan on your stovetop OR in the microwave until tender crisp, or desired consistency is achieved. Note: Stovetop method takes ~5-10 minutes and microwave method takes ~3-5 minutes.
  • Mix crumbled feta cheese and pine nuts into carrots, and serve while still warm.

Notes

  1. Depending on my mood, I either steam carrots over the stovetop with my steamer insert, or I stem them in the microwave with my Lekue steam case.
  2. I usually make these with sliced carrots, but to keep things super simple, use baby carrots instead.
  3. Want to save even more time? Top with raw pine nuts instead of toasting them.
  4. No need to add butter, but you can add some if you like. A smidge of nut oil or virgin coconut oil would be tasty too.
  5. For extra flavor, top with fresh herbs. The Vegetarian Flavor Bible (one of my go-to books for creating recipes) suggest pairing carrots with basil, chives, cilantro, dill, mint, parsley, rosemary, tarragon, and thyme. So many delicious options!

Nutrition

Calories: 165kcal | Carbohydrates: 10g | Protein: 5g | Fat: 11g | Saturated Fat: 4g | Cholesterol: 25mg | Sodium: 391mg | Potassium: 295mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 6g | Vitamin A: 13360IU | Vitamin C: 2.5mg | Calcium: 170mg | Iron: 1.5mg