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March 15, 2012

roasted carrots with cumin + sea salt.

There's garlic because these carrots were meant to be something else ..

Thursday's over! Friday's tomorrow! Yay! You can come back from work or school, picking up some carrots & good crusty bread on the way home. Change into sweatpants or other comfy clothes, such as lounge pants, before plopping on a couch to take pleasure in senselessly whiling away your time online, on blogger, food blogs, and tastespotting.. oh wait that's just me. You can devour nibble on the dark chocolate covered pretzels your brother just got from a fundraiser while you watch youtube videos or TV shows. Fuel that oft-unquenchable desire to just do nothing.

Eventually, when you feel the need for real food, you can lazily get up, drag your slippered feet (making that satisfyingly annoying-to-everyone-else shuffling sound) to the kitchen, and quickly wash the carrots you bought earlier. Without drying or peeling them, a quick chop into roughly 1/2" pieces preps the vit A rich veggies for a bath in olive oil & a generous amount of ground cumin + sea salt. Dump the little babies onto a rimmed baking sheet or even 9x13" baking pan, and roast 'em at high heat for like ... 30 minutes max. 

While they're doing their thing, grill the chicken or pan-fry some tofu for protein. Rip chunks of the bread off and eat as you cook. Toast whatever's left of the deliciously crusty bread and set out the butter with a fancy little butter knife, if you have one. If not, it doesn't matter, cause there's probably not much bread left anyway. 

Arrange chicken/tofu on plates, and wrap warm bread in towel & leave in a basket. Pour yourself some good wine. When the carrots are done, scrape them onto the plates with a spatula. Eat. Enjoy. Have some more pretzels for dessert, or perhaps that new black sesame ice cream you found at the asian store the other day. 

Make the boys do dishes (be really happy if that actually happens), and then somehow end up under the covers in bed, remote in hand & pillows propping you up at just the right angle as you watch Too Cute on the Animal Planet. Or you know, some random scary CIA show. 


Roasted Carrots with Cumin + Sea Salt 
from here. this was destined to be carrot hummus, but the carrots were too good & pure in their roasted form. they are so simple, but amazingly flavorful & extremely healthly. 
  • about 1 lb regular carrots (6-7 large carrots) 
  • 1 1/2 tspns ground cumin 
  • 1/2 tspn ground sea salt (regular is fine, if sea salt not available) 
  • 1 Tb olive oil 
  1. Preheat oven to 450 degrees F. 
  2. Rinse carrots. No need to peel; the skin is very nutritious. 
  3. Chop carrots into about 1/2" thick pieces. 
  4. In a large bowl, toss carrots with oil & spices. 
  5. Arrange carrot slices in a single layer on any sort of baking sheet/pan. Roast for about 25 - 30 minutes, stirring once halfway through. I forgot to stir them, and they were just fine. 

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