Carrots of insane greatness (Moroccan Spiced Carrots)

You may think the title of this post is hyperbole, but it is not.  You need to run, not walk to your kitchen and make them.  Gentleman Caller and I were so blown away by these tasty carrots!  

I have been depriving myself from red meat and was craving some.  My sister and I split a flank steak from Costco like we are wont to do and I looked for a recipe for said steak that was new and blogworthy.  I found this recipe for harissa rubbed steak and carrot salad from Eating Well and thought it would be great, especially since I have harissa in my pantry.

While the steaks were pretty good after I heavily doctored the recipe to add more flavor; the carrots were so good we were literally licking our plates.  The smoky spices do wonders to pair with the sweet carrots to dance a jig in your mouth.  I will be making these for Thanksgiving next year, they just scream fall!

Make these and smile at how lovely and healthy they are!  Your family and friends will love them and they go well with any protein.  Full recipe to follow the montage. Linking up with the lovely hosts of Meal Plan Monday!

Carrots of insane greatness
Just look at all that flavor!
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The cast, so simple and healthy!
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Carrot coins are so pretty
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Just think of all the other steamed veggies this would be good on!  Sweet potatoes are next!
Carrots of insane greatness
Type A overachiever had to steam my carrots, but microwaving is fine!
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Toss and take a whiff.  Mmmm.
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The aforementioned steak and some upgraded couscous
Carrots of insane greatness
So delicious!
Carrots of Insane Greatness (Adapted from Eating Well)

2 tablespoons lemon juice
1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil
2 cloves garlic, minced
1½ teaspoons ground cumin
½ teaspoon ground cinnamon
½ teaspoon smoked paprika
1/2 teaspoon Aleppo pepper (see note)
¾ teaspoon kosher salt, divided
3 cups thinly sliced carrots (about 1 pound)
1 tablespoon chopped fresh parsley or cilantro for garnish

Whisk lemon juice, oil, garlic, cumin, cinnamon, paprika, aleppo and salt in a  medium bowl. Steam carrots over 1 inch of boiling water in a large saucepan fitted with a steamer basket until tender-crisp, 2 to 3 minutes. Toss the carrots with the spice mixture. Garnish with cilantro or parsley.

Alternative really easy method:

Whisk lemon juice, oil, garlic, cumin, cinnamon, paprika aleppo and salt in a microwave safe bowl. Add carrots; stir to coat. Cover and microwave on High until the carrots are tender-crisp, about 2 minutes. Uncover. Garnish with cilantro or parsley.

Note: You can find Aleppo at the spice store or order from Amazon like I did.

Happy Cooking!


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