Carrot Puree Dip
CARROT PUREE DIP
FOOD AS MEDICINE:
The health benefits of carrots are numerous, but they are best known for their antioxidant qualities. Beta-carotene is compound found in orange-yellow fleshed produce that has a wide-range of disease fighting qualities. Other varieties of carrots, like cosmic carrots and rainbow carrots, have plant pigment based compounds in addition to carotenoids. Aside from the carotenoids, carrots have a compound called polyacetylenes, which have proven anti-cancer qualities. Beyond their plant-based antioxidants, carrots are also a great source of vitamins A, K and C.
6 medium carrots, thinly sliced
1 small garlic clove, smashed
1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
1/4 teaspoon finely grated peeled fresh ginger
1 tablespoon olive oil
2-3 teaspoons fresh lemon juice
Coarse salt and ground pepper
Steam carrots in steam basket or strainer over boiling water until soft, about 12-15 minutes, reserve some cooking water.
Transfer to a Vitamix, along with garlic, cumin, ginger, olive oil and lemon juice. Season with sea salt and pepper to taste. Process until smooth, about 1 minute, adding up to 2 tablespoons cooking water if necessary. Season with sea salt and pepper to taste. Serve with vegetable crudités!
Makes 6 servings
Nutrition facts serving: 48 Calories, 3g Fat, 7g Carbohydrates, 1g Protein
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