Microwave Sweet and Spicy Carrots with Scallions

This simple carrot side dish gets a dose of sweetness from a dash of brown sugar and unrefined coconut oil (unrefined is key, as it has not been whitened or deodorized, so it keeps its mellow coconut flavor in recipes). Top the potassium-rich carrots with grilled shrimp for a quick dinner with Caribbean flair.
  • Level: Easy
  • Total: 30 min
  • Active: 15 min
  • Yield: 4 servings
  • Nutrition Info
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Ingredients

1 1/2 pounds carrots, peeled and tops trimmed

2 tablespoons unrefined coconut oil

1 tablespoon light brown sugar, lightly packed

1/2 teaspoon ground cumin

1/4 teaspoon crushed red pepper

Kosher salt

2 tablespoons white distilled vinegar

2 scallions, thinly sliced on a deep bias

Directions

  1. Cut the carrots using a roll-cut: one carrot at a time, slice diagonal chunks from the carrot, rolling it a quarter-turn between cuts to create faceted bite-size pieces.
  2. Combine the coconut oil, brown sugar, cumin, crushed red pepper and 1 teaspoon salt in an 8-inch square baking dish. Microwave on high until just melted, about 30 seconds. Stir in the vinegar and carrots. Cover with a vented lid or plastic wrap with 6 small holes poked in it.
  3. Microwave on high for 5 minutes. Uncover, being careful to avoid the steam, and give the carrots a stir. Cover again and microwave on high, stirring every 5 minutes, until the carrots are tender and have absorbed most of the liquid, about 10 more minutes. Uncover and stir in all but 1 teaspoon of the scallions. Transfer to a serving dish, top with the reserved scallions and serve immediately.