Balsamic-Honey Roasted Carrots & Vegetable Rice Pilaf

Balsamic-Honey Roasted Carrots & Vegetable Rice Pilaf

Balsamic-Honey Roasted Carrots & Vegetable Rice Pilaf with herbs makes for a delicious dinner or side dish. This recipe is moderately involved but is absolutely worth the effort if you have extra time to make a seemingly simple meal quite elegant. While we used tempeh as a protein in our pilaf, you can substitute for white beans or leave out extra protein altogether. You can also mix and match your vegetables in the pilaf such as red cabbage, zucchini, or kale.


Balsamic-Honey Roasted Carrots & Vegetable Rice Pilaf


  • 4-6 large carrots, peeled
  • 1 Tbs honey
  • 2 Tbs balsamic vinegar
  • 1/2 Tbs olive oil
  • Salt & pepper to taste


  • 1 cup rice
  • 2 cups vegetable broth
  • 1/2 onion, diced
  • 1 small bell pepper, diced
  • 1/2 cup broccoli florets, chopped
  • 1/4 cup mushrooms, sliced
  • 1/2 package tempeh, cubed (optional, can substitute for white beans)
  • 1/2 Tbs olive oil
  • 2 tsp ground thyme
  • 1/2 tsp dried oregano
  • 1 tsp ground sage
  • 1/2 tsp black pepper


  1. Begin by preheating the oven to 375ºF and mixing the carrot glaze ingredients in a small bowl.
  2. Peel the carrots and remove the tops.
  3. Transfer carrots to a baking sheet and coat with half of the glaze mix. Place in the oven and roast for 15-20 minutes or until the carrots begin caramelizing. If the vinegar begins to char, mix the carrots and turn down the heat.
  4. Halfway through roasting, dip the carrots and pour the remaining half of the glaze over the carrots and bake for another 20-25 minutes depending on the thickness of your carrots.
  5. In a medium pot, add the oil on high heat. Once hot, add in the vegetables and optional protein. Stir together for 7-10 minutes or until onions are translucent.
  6. Add in the seasoning and rice. Cook for two minutes.
  7. Then, add in the broth and cover the pot with a lid. Bring the mix to a boil.
  8. Once boiling, reduce heat to low and allow it to simmer until the rice is cooked, about 20-30 minutes, stirring occasionally.
  9. When the carrots and rice are done, serve together and enjoy.

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