One of the easiest ways to prepare vegetables is to roast them. I drizzle them with olive oil, a little bit of real salt and pepper, then pop them in a 400 degree oven. It is as simple as that. I roasted carrots for a side dish a few nights ago, and they were delicious. Roasting brings out the natural sweetness of the carrots.
I cut up 8 carrots on the diagonal – as shown below (these are pre-roasted, I forgot to take an after picture – it was dinner time, and we were hungry). It took 35 minutes to get them to the perfect tenderness for me. I roast all my veggies on my Pampered Chef Large Bar Pan. It holds heat really well, and has a nice lip so the oil and juices don’t run off the end and make a mess in the oven.