Fire up your grill and let the natural sweetness in carrots shine through with these Cinnamon Chipotle Grilled Carrots, an easy side dish for summer.
Yay for a new recipe and boy it is a good one. These carrots pack a seriously punch of flavor and are super easy to make. The prep time is about 5 minutes and then you just throw them on the grill and let the grill do its thing. Even better if you have someone that is the grill master and then they can watch them (AKA the boyfriend). The cinnamon and chipotle pair really well with the carrots, bringing out their natural sweetness. The chipotle also adds a slight smokiness while packing some heat.
Carrots are my go to snack. They are super easy to cut up and throw in a bag to take on the go, or just grab out of the fridge and munch on a few. I usually top mine with some kind of mustard or almond butter if I’m craving something creamy.
We get a 5 pound bag of large organic carrots and go through them in probably a week and a half. My boyfriend will probably eat like 2 on a good week. So pretty much, I love carrots. This wasn’t always the case though. When I was younger I never ate carrots. My sister would eat them nonstop and I never touched them. I have no idea why either. Maybe it was because my mom was always saying how good they were for you. Seems like a logical kid thing to do.
And like always, moms are always right. Carrots are high in carotenoids, an antioxidant compound found in plants that is associated with a wide range of health benefits. These benefits range from a decrease in multiple kinds of cancer to a decrease in cardiovascular disease. And yes, they really are good for your eyes, thank you again carotenoids.
Cooking carrots slightly changes the nutritional content and make some of the nutrients more bioavailable. But both raw and cooked carrots pack a nutrient punch, so no need to favor one way over the other. To get the most out of the carotenoids found in carrots, you should try to eat them with a little fat (like the coconut oil used in this recipe). It assists in the benefits becoming better absorbed in your body. So light up your grill and throw on as many as you like. They make great leftovers as well!
- 8 (~700 grams) large carrots, peeled
- 1 tablespoon coconut oil
- 1 teaspoon cinnamon
- ½ teaspoon chipotle powder
- ½ teaspoon chili powder
- Light grill and let it come up to temperature.
- Wash and peel carrots.
- Mix together coconut oil, cinnamon, chipotle powder, and chili powder (make sure coconut oil is in liquid form - if not throw in the microwave for about 10 seconds).
- Rub mixture evenly all over carrots (I just used my hands).
- Place on grill over indirect heat and grill for 30-40 minutes, flipping and rotating occasionally. Carrots should be slightly soft when you pinch them, but still have a slight firmness towards the inside.
Do you have any foods you love now but hated when you were younger?