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Sweet and spicy glazed bourbon carrots

These carrots are simple to make but pack tons of flavor. All you need is a stove top and five easy ingredients (plus salt and pepper), and you have yourself a delicious side dish for any holiday meal. I like to use baby carrots because they save time and always look pretty, but feel free to clean and chop whatever else you have in the fridge. The whole dish can be ready in under 30 minutes. You’ll love this glaze so much, you’ll start imagining what else you can smother in it — salmon? Chicken? Swedish meatballs? Ice cream? But you’ll have to make more, but there is no way you won’t want to lick the bowl clean. Make sure you choose a liquor you like, because the flavor combo comes across pretty strong — in a good way. The sweetness from the sugar and the heat from the cayenne…

Pickle Soup is quirky, fun, and a really big dill

Pickles have been somewhat of a sensation lately. The beloved briny cucumbers show up in everything now days from icy slushies to creamy dips and fried chips. So I say, why not soup? There are several different recipes out there circulation around the web, but I think this variation is the best. The bold color flecks of veggies look delicious in the bright yellow broth. It’s tangy and salty, yet mild enough to enjoy a whole bowl — and then another, and another… It’s addicting and delicious and you just might make a believer out of folks less fanatical about pickles than yourself. I definitely recommend dill kosher pickles, because is there any other pickle? The snap makes every bite the best bite. I like to finely chop all of the ingredients to make it easy to eat and pour. Plus, I think it looks most delicious. Serve it hot…

Easy 20-minute Bone Broth Chicken Noodle Soup

Think back to your childhood. If there was one guarantee when you got sick, it was that Grandma would be making you a big batch of chicken noodle soup. But does chicken noodle soup have any actual impact on impending sniffles? According to UPMC, when you’re sick, your immune system can receive support to help fight infections from standard cold and over-the-counter medicines. However, in some cases, the nutrients you get from a big bowl of chicken noodle soup can give additional aid to that support system. Studies have shows that the anti-inflammatory effects from the ingredients in chicken noodle soup can help ease cold symptoms, while the warm broth can clear nasal congestion. So while it may not be a miracle cure-all, chicken noodle soup makes a great meal when you’re feeling under the weather because it’s packed with nutrients. They are easy to digest, soothing to the throat…

Earthy orange, date power smoothie

The simplicity of smoothies is what makes them the most perfect anytime food ever; All you really need to do is throw a few fruits in the blender and you have something delicious. But sometimes it’s nice to mix up something that has a little more depth. This power smoothie has a great earthiness from the hemp seeds, dates, and cinnamon but the lemon and orange juices keep it light and bright. The carrots add a warm welcoming color, and the Greek yogurt will help keep you full for longer. Best yet, it’s not an overly sweet blend, so you’ll love making this one time and time again as a replacement for any meal of the day. Earthy Orange, Date power smoothie Ingredients 1 small banana 1 apple, roughly chopped 2 carrots, scrubbed 5.3-ounce Greek yogurt 1/4 cup fresh squeeze orange juice 1/2 of a lemon squeezed 1/4 cup filtered water 1…

Carrot cake pancakes are perfect for spring brunch

If you’re a fan of carrot cake, these orange-hued silver-dollar pancakes will hit the spot. With all the spices of traditional carrot cake, and a sweet cream cheese drizzle on top, these tiny breakfast bites taste just like the real thing. Try them for an Easter brunch or even just to celebrate a bright, spring morning. *Note: Pancakes don’t cook that long, so it’s important to only have extremely fine pieces of carrots in the batter. Use the fine side of a cheese grater to get the right size texture. Carrot Cake Pancakes Serves about 4 Pancake Ingredients 1/4 cup all-purpose flour 2 tsp baking powder 2 tsp cinnamon 1/4 tsp nutmeg 1/4 tsp ground ginger 1/4 tsp ground cloves 1/2 tsp salt 1/4 cup light brown sugar 3/4 cup buttermilk (or substitute Greek yogurt) 1 tsp vegetable oil 2 eggs 2 tsp quality vanilla extract 1 1/2 cups carrots, finely grated 1/4 cup walnuts,…

The sweet heat of carrot coconut soup

The thing that Thai food gets just right is the balance of sweet and spicy. While the chili sauce raises the heat, the coconut cools it down. This soup takes notes from the Southeast Asian cuisine, but it’s completely accessible to everyday cooks. After becoming a huge fan of Carrot Ginger soup last year, I thought I’d expand my carrot cuisine, and try a different take — Carrot Coconut soup. While this soup would be good all year long, the colors and flavors make it perfect for fall. I served it with a gooey brie grilled cheese on multigrain bread and a smear of apricot jam. The consistency of this soup is perfect for dunking. Carrot Coconut Soup Serves about 4 Ingredients 1/4 butter 1 pound carrots, washed, chopped 1 large onion, chopped salt pepper 2 cups (1 can) vegetable broth, (chicken broth if non-vegetarian) 14 oz (1 can) coconut milk 3 tbsp…

Wake up with orange, carrot, ginger juice

Orange, carrot, ginger juice. It seems too simple to call this a “recipe” — it’s only 3 ingredients long! But if you’ve only been drinking orange juice in the morning, there’s room improvement. Orange juice’s hefty dose of vitamin C is great for some morning pep, but why not pair it up with other pro-health ingredients and get even more greatness per gulp? Ginger is known to fight against infections and alleviate muscle pain and soreness, nausea and morning sickness during pregnancy. It’s also known to have anti-inflammatory effects, help indigestion, lower blood sugar, lower cholesterol, and it may even prevent cancer and protect against Alzheimer’s Disease. Carrots help prevent cancer, improve eyesight, boost immunity and control diabetes. Furthermore, fresh-squeezed juice gives you the most nutrition, so when possible, DIY. orange, carrot, ginger juice Serves 2 Ingredients 5 large carrots, washed 2 oranges, peeled 1 inch fresh ginger Directions Press all ingredients through a juicer. Pour and…

Not Your Mama’s Grapefruit Juice

Watch out. If it’s an mild morning juice you’re looking for to wash down your bran muffin, you’ve come to the wrong recipe. This spicy, citrus juice will leave you feeling alive — and your day will be better for drinking it too. Turmeric is becoming famous for its anti-inflammatory properties, the grapefruits give a big dose of vitamin C, beta-carotene rich carrots leave your eyes healthy and fresh, and ginger makes a the morning a little zestier. Grapefruit, Carrot, Ginger, Turmeric Juice Ingredients:  6 medium carrots 2 grapefruits, halved and peeled 1 inch fresh ginger 1 inch fresh turmeric (or 1 tsp. ground powder) Directions: Run ingredients through juicer barrel in the given order. If using ground turmeric, pour glass and stir in. Pour over ice. Enjoy. *Note: You can find fresh turmeric in many common grocery stores nowadays, but if you’re having difficulty, try a local Asian market. Find delicious…

Cayenne pepper brings heat to fresh beet juice blend

Short winter days have me longing for the energy that seems to come naturally during the summer months. If you’re looking for a pick-me-up, consider juicing with this bright, spicy blend. Fresh juice packs the nutrients you’ll need to stay motivated during the gloomy, cold days. This one has anti-inflammatory properties from the beets, vitamin C from the citrus, immunity boosting carrots, and ginger and cayenne to help winter sinuses and sore throats. Be prepared for the lingering heat of the cayenne. It will definitely put the pep back in your step. Additionally, turmeric has been having a moment. More studies are needed to confirm, but this bright-hued spice has been said to curb heartburn, alleviate joint pain, delay diabetes, fight cancer, ward off heart attacks and even help protect the brain against Alzheimer’s. Phew! Even if one of those scientifically test true, you’re on your way to a healthier…