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Saturday, January 29, 2022

Instant Pot Steamed Carrots- Moroccan Style

Steamed carrots made in the Instant Pot taste exceptionally good, especially when tossed in some Moroccan style herbs and spices before serving. Sometimes simple food is best. Carrots are delicious and healthy for you.

Vegetable, Carrots, Food, Healthy, Fresh

Steam them in the Instant Pot
I pressure cook sliced carrots for just 2 minutes in the Instant Pot and then quick release the steam so the carrots don't overcook and get mushy. (of course if you are familiar with the Instant Pot you know that you must allow time for the pot to "pre-heat" before it actually begins cooking- similarly to baking cookies in the oven- it needs to preheat- so it might add 10 minutes to the final time.
1. Steam the carrots
2. Make the dressing of lemon juice and herbs
3. Toss together 
4. Allow to sit and mingle unrefrigerated

Carrot, Cut, Daucus Carota, Soup Greens

Healthy Side Dish- Oil-free Version
It's a quick and easy side dish that is delicious and healthy and is perfect for any week night or even to serve to company. The aromatic flavors of the minced fresh garlic and the ground cumin are guarnateed to permeate the air bringing everyone to the kitchen to see what's cooking. 

In fact, when I was making this recipe, a contractor came by to fix something at our condo and upon walking in the front door he said, "wow- you are cooking something that smells really good."

Benefits of Ingredients

Carrots contain beta-carotene and vitamin A which are really good for the eyes (your mom may have told you that) as well as calcium and vitamin k for strong bones. In addition carrots provide essential fiber and antioxidants to help protect cell damage.

Garlic- Great for immune defense, is anti-inflammatory, good for the heart and circulatory system.

Cumin- High in antioxidants and provides iron

There are many ways to make Moroccan carrot salad. I've shared two recipes in the past. 

This recipe is a little different because this recipe is oil-free and much lower in calories. I also added chopped sweet red pepper and it made it in the Instant Pot. 

5 cups of sliced carrots 
4 fat pieces of garlic, minced
1 teaspoon of cumin powder (or more to taste)
1 cup of diced red sweet pepper
1/2 cup of chopped cilantro (or parsley if you prefer)
Juice of 2 lemons or limes, freshly squeezed
Salt and cracked pepper to taste 
Optional: Hot pepper flakes to taste
Optional: 1/4 cup of olive oil

Using an Instant Pot, place the steamer basket in the Instant Pot liner. Add 4 cups of water. Place sliced carrots into the steamer basket, secure the lid, set to pressure cook for 2 minutes. When done, release steam manually according to the manufacturers directions. When all steam in released, carefully remove the lid and remove the sliced steamed carrots and place into a large glass bowl. Mix with the remainder of ingredients, toss well and allow to marinate for 1 hour on the counter top covered.

1. This side dish tastes best at room temperature. Flavors will increase with time. 
2. This dish is gluten-free, oil-free, and vegan.

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  1. This sounds good. You reminded me that I have a steam feature on my slow cooker, I've never used!

  2. Do the carrots cooked this way take less time than in an ordinary steamer? Your directions seem very complicated, but I haven’t bothered to get an instant pot, so it’s not clear to me. I quite like that type of spiced and steamed carrots, which are often included in a selection of mezze.

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  3. This looks delicious. We eat carrots in some form just about every day.

  4. I adore Moroccan spices and herbs. This must have tasted very flavourful and fresh.

  5. I have not made in carrots in the InstaPot, what a great idea. I pinned your recipe.

  6. Beautiful, I have made a Moroccan Carrot Salad, and I see no reason the same flavors would not work in a hot side dish, thanks!

  7. This looks sooooo easy. I love the flavor profile here and must give this recipe a try.

  8. Carrots are delicious! I'm always surprised when people say they don't like them. Your Moroccan style ones look very tasty and, of course, colorful!

  9. This would make a delicious side dish!


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