{RECIPE} Seductive Carrots with Cinnamon, Ginger and Pomegranate

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Seductive Carrots with cinnamon, ginger, and pomegranate

These rainbow carrots are so lovely left rustic in their skins, not peeled or cut, just au natural and naked from the earth. Gently rinse them, toss in olive oil and sauté. It’s very simple. Sprinkle with cinnamon; then add in slices of fresh ginger root, and splash with pomegranate juice. Voila! You’ve got an ooh la la dish worth its spice in seduction.

Like a pretty farm girl dressed in lingerie, they showed off their natural beauty in a seductive ruby-colored sauce. Serve this dish with a sparkle in your eye. It’s pure seduction.

Ingredients

  • farm fresh rainbow carrots (about 2 pounds; 900g)

  • 6 tablespoons of olive oil

  • sliced (or grated) ginger root

  • pomegranate juice, about 1/2 cup (120 ml)

  • ground cinnamon, sprinkle generously

  • pinch of orange zest (or peel)

  • sea salt and ground pepper

  • pat of butter

  • 1 tablespoon honey (optional)

  • pomegranate seeds (garnish)

Directions

Wash the whole carrots in a colander. Do not peel. Rub them clean with your hands or scrub lightly with a vegetable brush.

Toss them in a casserole dish with olive oil.

Add cinnamon and slices of ginger root.

Add in the orange zest or even slices of orange peel. Don’t be shy.

The cinnamon and ginger add a special magic to these carrots.

Sauté in a large pan for a few minutes on medium heat, taking care not to crowd the carrots (they need space when reducing the pomegranate sauce).

Pour in the pomegranate juice, about half a cup or more.

It does not have to cover the carrots since you are not braising them.

Let it simmer for about 5-10 minutes on medium-high heat uncovered.

Go with your instincts. Allow the spice, zest and ginger to mellow into the carrots, reducing the sauce.

When you feel that the carrots are ready, turning ruby-red in the sauce, dash in a little sea salt and let it simmer a bit more.

Stir and toss occasionally.

You can finish the carrots in the oven at 375°F (190°C) for the remaining 20 to 30 minutes, but pan roasting them on the stovetop is just as delicious. During the last 5 minutes, add in a few pats of butter to give the sauce extra body and a beautiful glistening texture. The sweetness of the pomegranate juice will enhance the carrots in a marvelous way. You’ll see.

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Did you know?

In ancient times, Middle Eastern royalty used carrots for seduction, believing the phallic-shaped roots would imbue virility and stimulate the senses.

Ginger helps circulation, aids in digestion, and is a powerful aphrodisiac.

Cinnamon reduces bad cholesterol and helps the body create insulin, which is good for managing type II diabetes. The spice is anti-inflammatory and its aroma is one of the top aphrodisiac scents, especially for men. It is a mood elevating spice!

Pomegranates played a seductive role in ancient Greek mythology: Hades seduced Persephone with pomegranate seeds. Aphrodite’s symbol of fertility and love, the pomegranate is the apple of seduction. Packed with antioxidants, pomegranate seeds (and juice) deliver some sexy health benefits as well as seduce with appetizing color.