Roasted Baby Carrots with Carrot Top Chimichurri
1 bunch baby carrots with tops intact
½ C good quality olive oil
¼ C white vinegar
1 raw garlic clove
3 green onions (whites only)
2 tsp bruised dried oregano
1/3 tsp black pepper
½ tsp salt
1 pinch crushed red pepper flakes
Prepare chimichurri sauce first allowing the flavors to meld as the carrots roast
Remove fibrous bits from the carrot tops, wash and squeeze out excessive moister, roughly cut and add to food processer with the garlic, green onion, and chop until very fine. Place carrot top mixture in a bowl; add olive oil, white vinegar, salt, pepper, oregano and red pepper flakes. Allow to sit at least 30 minutes.
Basic Roasted Carrots
Leave peel on carrots and give them a sound scrubbing - I like to leave the slender filament on the tip - it crisps up wonderfully and adds a nice bite. Have a glass roasting pan on the ready, using your hands thoroughly rub olive oil all over your carrots and place in pan and lightly salt and pepper. Roast 20 – 30 minutes at 425 or until tender.
To serve drizzle chimichurri sauce on top of the carrots, with a small dish of sauce on the side for self-spooning!
Physical Gifts of Carrot Tops - High in vitamin A, C, K and fiber. These leafy greens support the immune system, eye health, circulation, kidney function, blood pressure, and digestion. Their taste is bitter and according to Ayurveda, this stimulates digestion and helps regulate the fire humor in the body.
Energetic Gifts of Carrot Tops - This principled vegetable offers the gift of breaking down crystalized patterns. Are you in a rut? Do you have habits or attitudes that no longer serve you? Carrot top helps dissolve these walls to allow new life in, since this can be unnerving, this plant also offers the internal support to aid in making the transformation not so startling.
Physical Gifts of Carrot Root - Antioxidants including beta-carotene, these may play a role in cancer prevention, a rich source of lutein and vitamin A, which support eye health. This nourishing plant is also purported to support brain health, liver function, and skin wellbeing from the inside out.
Energetic Gifts of Carrot Root - If you tend to over analyze, over worry, and are caught up in the "wonder ifs" to the point of personal detriment, this vegetable will balance this. It is important to be judicious when you weigh what is in front of you. Carrot offers the gift of being able to see what is an imaginary fear and what is a healthy concern.
Remember as you enjoy this dish, you reap not only the physical benefits, but the subtle ones as well!
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Candice Covington is the author of Essential Oils in Spiritual Practice, former instructor at Ashmead College in Ayurvedic theory and aromatherapy, she is an aromatherapist for the Chopra Center. The founder of Divine Archetypes, an essential oil and flower essence company. An avid cook and forager, she lives on a farmette in Oregon City, Oregon with her ducks, and many plants, cultivated and wild. This article is based off her upcoming book You Are What You Eat: A Vibrational Cookbook to be published by Inner Traditions.
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