Cumin Roasted Carrots

carrotsIt had been a long time since I took a venture through my local farmers market in Union Square. While it’s definitely a costly option to grocery shopping, it feels great supporting local farmers and knowing you’re getting quality produce fresh as ever. The first bunch of beauties I came across was an array of purple, orange, yellow, and white heirloom carrots. They’re filling, nutrient rich, and easy to have on the go so no reason not to snatch them up!

Cumin is my new go-to spice to play with because of the comforting flavor it adds to any dish, especially veggies. So skip your Vitamin A and probiotic vitamins and dig in with this delicious Mediterranean flavored dish. I recently enjoyed a slightly different version of these succulent cumin carrots, however I modified it to make it totally guilt free! These colorful carrots are helpful in detoxifying the liver, rich in betacarotene (even more-so when they’re raw), crisp, sweet, and tender. My favorite part is the welcoming lemon yogurt dressing that is the perfect blend of citrus, creaminess, and spice to complete this dish, not to mention it’s protein dense, making it sure to sate your hunger.

Ingredients
Carrots:
1. 1/2 tsp ground cumin
2. 1/4 tsp ground tumeric (great for reducing inflammation!)
3. 1 1/2 pounds heirloom carrots, cleaned
4. 1 head garlic, cut in half
5. 1/3 cup coconut oil
salt & pepper to taste
Dressing:
1 cup 2% Greek yogurt
1 tbsp fresh lemon juice
2 tsp ground cumin
salt & pepper to taste

Directions
1. Preheat oven to 400*
2. Mix: heirloom carrots, garlic halves, and coconut oil
3. Sprinkle cumin, tumeric and pinch of salt & pepper
4. Spread mixture evenly on a sheet pan
5. Roast in oven until browning, 35-45 minutes
6. Meanwhile, make the dressing by combining Greek yogurt, fresh lemon juice, and cumin. Add a pinch of salt and a few drops of water to thin it out
7. Remove carrots from oven and set aside for cooling
8. Spread yogurt dressing on a dish and gently place carrots on top
9. Garnish with roasted garlic

It’s great to enjoy cold or warm, as a snack or as a side dish!

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