This week is all about carrots! I love carrots…and I am not the only one! It seems everyone, kids and adults alike, loves this popular little root vegetable!
I know someone else who ADORES them: For those of you who haven’t heard me talk about him, meet our beloved 1,500lb family member, Troubadour, our magnificent horse! He munches on them with such gusto, it’s a pleasure to watch! No sticks needed for him, carrots will always do!
Carrots are rich in beta-carotenes, vitamin A, minerals and anti-oxidants, and every excuse to incorporate them on a regular basis is just great for your health!
Carrots are naturally sweet and crunchy and plain easy to enjoy all year round. It’s a good thing they are so versatile! From sweet to savory dishes, salads to sauces, cakes and breads to smoothies….the options are just endless!
Of course, the simplest way to enjoy them is just munching on them plain raw, so don’t forget to reach out for fresh carrots when you want a crunchy snack. I recommend them with my Simply Spinach Dip or hummus.
This week, I am featuring wonderful carrot recipes for you!
Carrot Miso Quinoa: I just LOVE the taste and texture of quinoa and the carrot juice in this recipe brings out its flavor beautifully! The chickpeas add a heartiness to this dish that is absolutely perfect.
Carrots à la Chermoula: The natural sweetness of carrots and slightly spicy Moroccan spices simply blend beautifully!
Carrot Cider Baked Chicken: The subtle sweetness of the carrot juice and cider combines with the rich taste of the dark beer and the fresh grated ginger and makes this sauce outrageously delicious!!
I make it in my kitchen for you (and almost set the house on fire…!!)
Carrot Quinoa Lentils: The combination of carrots and curry is sweet and tangy and the carrot juice give it a slight creaminess! Yum!
Morning Glory Power Smoothie: I absolutely LOVE this smoothie! It’s the makings of a classic morning glory muffin in a blender!! I also have a lovely Carrot Banana Almond smoothie–What a creamy sweet combination!
Last, but definitely not least, is my Carrot Bread: WOW! When you think of the prototypical carrot cake you think moist, sweet layers separated by a rich sweet cream cheese frosting, right? Indeed, it may be quite delicious but really, nutritionally it’s almost a disaster! When you consider that its star ingredient is so naturally sweet to begin with, who needs all that extra sugar?! So, I decided to create one of my own and, to be fair, I decided to call it a bread, rather than a cake, not because it’s not plenty sweet–it is!— and certainly not because it isn’t moist–WOW it is!–but because I decided to make the frosting optional by making it into a dip, and…. a healthy just- sweet-enough-with-a-touch-of-honey-and-a-sprinkle-of-cinnamon– kind of dip at that….OH MY!!! You have got to try it! I think the photo is enticing enough for you to take my word for it and try it for yourself! YUM!!!
So there you have it–all carrots, no sticks–just how Troubadour likes it!
I Hope you do too!