Garlic Butter Rainbow Carrots

Holy shiitake mushrooms! Look at these beauties. Aren't they stunning?! I saw these rainbow carrots at the grocery store and just had to have them because they are so freakin' cool. Basically, they are exactly like normal orange carrots but their stunning good looks somehow made my dinner taste way better... Well that makes me sounds incredibly shallow. Awkward. 

On a completely unrelated note... Recipes that are only for part of a meal drive me nutty. Like when you stumble upon a delicious dijon chicken recipe that "only" calls for 7 ingredients and 30 minutes of your time but then you realize the recipe is only for the chicken. What the hell else are you going to eat for dinner? A plateful of just chicken doesn't sound appealing and definitely doesn't constitute a healthy balanced meal. You then notice in the notes of the recipe that the "recommended" sides are smashed potatoes and parmesan green beans which can be found on pages 27 and 56. Pages 27 and 56 tell you that you need to follow a separate recipe for each side which means two more recipes, two more sets of ingredients, and two more prep times. Good Lord! Just to eat one dinner you need three recipes, 26 ingredients, and an hour and a half?! I don't know about you but this is about the time I chuck the cookbook across the room and refuse to give into the recipe madness. 

Obviously there is a time and a place for every kind of recipe. However, for 99.9% of my life I want to be able to throw together a complete and healthy meal without having to use a million ingredients and a ridiculous amount of time. So, a lot of the time I use my Headliner strategy which is the best way for me to have endless delicious meals without the headache, stress, and kitchen burnout that many lengthy recipes instigate. 

The Headliner strategy is when your meals are made up of standard/basic (aka boring) foods plus one Headlining thing that brings the dish together and gives it life. For example this blog post includes:

1) Tilapia (boring)

2) Quinoa (boring)

3) Garlic Butter Rainbow Carrots (HEADLINER) 

The Headliner is responsible for giving the entire meal huge flavor. This is the key to cooking simple meals without ever getting tired of them. I'll include more Headliner type recipes and ideas soon! The Garlic Butter Rainbow Carrots in this recipe are rich and slightly sweet. When you pour the carrots over the Tilapia and quinoa, the garlic butter acts as a sauce for the entire dish, transforming the boring fish and quinoa combo into something deliciously special. 

Recipe

Time Required: 10 minutes                   Level: Easy                                    Serves: 1 person

Ingredients:

  • 1 clove of garlic chopped
  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • carrots (roughly 1 heaping cup sliced)
  • parsley (optional)
  • salt

Directions:

  1. Place butter and garlic in a small pan on the stove over medium/low heat. Stir until fragrant (about 1-2 minutes). 
  2. Add sliced carrots to the pan and cook for 7-10 minutes or until carrots are tender. 
  3. Season with salt and sprinkle chopped parsley over the carrots immediately before serving. Enjoy!

Make It a Meal!

Time Required: 10 minutes                   Level: Easy                                    Serves: 1 person

Ingredients:

  • 1 fillet of fish (I used Tilapia) 
  • 1 serving quinoa
  • olive oil
  • salt

Directions:

  1. Cook quinoa according to package instructions (or use leftover quinoa like I did!). Generally, the ratio is one part quinoa to two parts water. 
  2. Coat the bottom of a pan with olive oil and heat over medium/high heat. 
  3. Season fish with salt and place in pan. The fish should sizzle right when it is placed in the pan. This will give the fish a nice golden crust. Cook for 2-3 minutes on each side or until slightly golden brown and flakey. 
  4. Pour the garlic butter rainbow carrots (and remaining sauce) over the fish and quinoa. Enjoy!