Casablanca Carrots from Melissa Joulwan {Well Fed 2 Review}

Melissa Joulwan’s cookbook Well Fed was the first cookbook I purchased when I transitioned to a whole foods lifestyle in Fall 2012.

Casablanca Carrots from #wellfed2Since then, I’ve delighted in her delicious, ethnic-inspired recipes that are full of flavor and unlikely combinations.

Her new cookbook, Well Fed 2, is full of interesting ideas to combine spices and vegetables.

Casablanca Carrots from #wellfed2I brought these Casablanca Carrots to a friend’s dinner party where everyone raved about the unique flavors. Another time I substituted the lemon for lime and the parsley for cilantro, which I think I like even better.

Next on my list from Mel’s cookbook is the Belly Dance Beet Salad with pistachios and the Chorizo Burgers with pan-fried eggs. I’m also intrigued by her use of arrowroot powder to sear a steak.

Casablanca Carrots from #wellfed2Get ready to start shopping in the spice aisle. Melissa just offers so many spice blend variations for you to try, so the amount of recipes offered in this book are endless.

I recommend both of Melissa’s cookbooks to anyone who loves flavorful, ethnic-inspired whole food. Way to go Mel!

Casablanca Carrots by Melissa Joulwan
Reprinted with permission from Well Fed 2, page 176 
Serves 8

  • 2 pounds carrots
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced (about 2 teaspoons)
  • 1 teaspoon paprika
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • two dashes cayenne pepper
  • juice of 2 lemons (about 4-6 tablespoons) *or substitute lime
  • salt and ground black pepper, to taste
  • 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1/2 cup fresh parsley leaves, minced (about 4 tablespoons) *or substitute cilantro

1. Wash and peel the carrots; cut on the diagonal into 1/2 inch pieces. Steam for 13 minutes until tender and drain.

2. In a large bowl, mix the warm carrots with garlic, paprika, cumin, cinnamon, cayenne, lemon juice (or lime juice), salt, and pepper. Place in the refrigerator until the carrots are chilled.

3. Remove from the refrigerator, drizzle with olive oil and toss to coat. Add the parsley (or cilantro), toss for 2 minutes, then taste and adjust seasonings. Serve at room temperature.