Spicy Cilantro Carrots will make you crave this powerhouse veggie on a regular basis! Packed with nutrients, savory flavor and ready in as little as five minutes — what’s not to love?!
Making Carrots Spicy
That’s right, spicy! Usually, cooked carrot recipes are associated with the sweeter flavor profile. Carrots tend to become much sweeter in flavor when cooked. I am not a huge fan of that flavor but I wanted to incorporate more carrots into my diet. So once again, a recipe borne out of necessity!
Why Carrots Are Good For You
Carrots are an uber source of vitamin A. Actually, they contain beta-carotene which is converted into vitamin A in your liver. Great for your eyes and organ and immune function, a lesser known fact is that vitamin A is good for your skin as it encourages healthy skin cell production. Carrots are also a great source of magnesium, phosphorus and calcium.
Should I Peel My Carrots
If you have not purchased organic carrots, then it is advisable to peel them. The skin absorbs many of the pesticides and other chemicals that are present in a non organic growth environment.
If you are eating organic carrots then you have a choice. The skin does contain a generous amount of nutrients, but so does the rest of the carrot. If you choose to peel, the remaining carrot will still be a rich source of nutrients. But if you are looking to really double down on all the goodness that a carrot has to offer then leave the skin on.
I hope you enjoy this easy carrot side dish! If you are looking for some additional healthy side dishes, check out my Zesty Bok Choy Cauliflower Rice, Detox Root Salad with Lemon Ginger Pepita Dressing, or my Broccoli with Olive Fig Tapenade.