I cannot believe that I have been posting “Vegetable of the Week” recipes for a while now and I have not yet shared this favourite of mine with you. This is one of these minimum effort, maximum taste dishes: whip this up at the last minute to go with your week night meal, or prepare it ahead as part of a fabulous dinner party spread.
The flavours have a hint of the Middle East which makes this a fabulous side dish for spicy lamb chops with cauliflower couscous, for example. But you can also keep it simple and just serve this up with some rice, a steamed chicken breast or a piece of fish.
(From “delicious – simpel & stijlvol”)
2 tbsp olive oil
1tsp lemon juice
1 tsp apple cider (or white wine) vinegar
1 tsp honey
¼ tsp mild paprika powder
¼ tsp ground cumin
¼ tsp cinnamon
- Put a pot of water on to boil.
- Make the dressing by whisking together the oil, lemon, vinegar, honey, paprika, cumin and cinnamon.
- Cut the carrot into very thin slices.
- Blanch the carrot for 2 minutes in the boiling water. Drain and briefly rinse with cold water.
- Mix the hot carrots with the dressing and allow them to cool down at room temperature.
- Cut radishes into thin slices.
- Chop the parsley.
- Combine the carrot, radish with 2/3 of the parsley.
- Place on a serving platter and sprinkle with the remaining parsley.
- Lamb chops and cauliflower cousous.
- Spicy kofta and pita
- Or just some simple steamed chicken, fish and rice
Some of the health benefits of carrots
- Good for your eyes – rich in beta-carotene, which is converted into vitamin A in the liver. Vitamin A is transformed in the retina, to rhodopsin, a purple pigment necessary for night vision.
- Reduces the risk for cancer – with falcarinol and falcarindiol
- Anti-Aging – The high level of beta-carotene acts as an antioxidant to cell damage done to the body through regular metabolism. It help slows down the aging of cells. And Vitamin A and antioxidants protects the skin from sun damage. Deficiencies of vitamin A cause dryness to the skin, hair and nails. Vitamin A prevents premature wrinkling, acne, dry skin, pigmentation, blemishes, and uneven skin tone.
- Prevent Heart Disease – Studies show that diets high in carotenoids are associated with a lower risk of heart disease. Carrots have not only beta-carotene but also alpha-carotene and lutein.(source: http://www.care2.com/greenliving/10-benefits-of-carrots.html)