A Healthy Holiday Side Dish
How to make Algerian Carrots
The holidays are known for delicious dishes, and not always the healthy kind! While we encourage you to indulge in your favorite foods on occasions like these, it can’t hurt to incorporate some healthy choices into your holiday meals this season. This recipe is for a side dish called “Algerian Carrots”, a traditional holiday dish that is particularly healthy for the teeth. Carrots stimulate saliva production which helps keep harmful bacteria from festering in your mouth. Pair it with your favorite holiday meal and give your family a delightful treat that won’t hurt their teeth.
- 1 ½ cups water
- 2 pounds carrots, peeled and sliced
- 5 tablespoons olive oil
- 1 teaspoon salt
- ½ teaspoon ground black pepper
- ½ teaspoon ground cinnamon
- ½ teaspoon ground cumin
- 3 cloves garlic, crushed
- ½ teaspoon dried thyme leaves
- 1 bay leaf
- 1 teaspoon lemon juice
Boil water over medium heat. Steam carrots until they are tender, but not mushy (about 5 minutes). Drain and save ½ cup of the water. Stir in the garlic and spices (except the bay leaf), and cook on low, frequently stirring until fragrant. This process should take about ten minutes. Finally, add the reserved liquid and bay leaf, and then cover. Let it simmer for about 20 minutes before tossing in the carrots for another 2-3 minutes. Before serving, remove the bay leaf, and stir in the lemon juice.