It should come as no surprise that I plan out meals in advance. When I do my planning, I try use a Garanimals approach. Remember Garanimals? The line of children’s clothing, originally from the 70’s, designed to let kids put together coordinated outfits. From their website:
“The kid-friendly Garanimals mix-and-match separates provide a simple, coordinated system that makes clothes easy to pair and fun to wear. The Garanimals pairing system brings creativity and independence to young children as they select their own clothes and dress themselves. Through these small, successful decisions, children develop early feelings of self-confidence.”
That is so what cooking should be. Easy, fun, and confidence building. Which is why I totally think of recipes as separates, that when combined, make a coordinated outfit on the plate.
When I was trying to decide what to pair with the Chicken with Lime Butter, I went into my recipe closet and came out with Alton Brown’s Ginger Glazed Carrots. Lime and ginger is a classic combination. The heat of the ginger perfectly compliments the tart of the lime. And if you get a head start on the carrots and get them simmering while you prep your chicken, both dishes are done at about the same time.
Instead of ginger ale, I used ginger beer. It’s less sweet and has more of that lovely ginger heat. I’m pretty happy with the substitution and think that in the spirit of bringing creativity and independence to cooking, it would get the Garanimals seal of approval.
Alton Brown’s Ginger Glazed Carrots
From The Food Network
The only change I would make to this recipe is to use slightly less liquid, maybe 3/4 cup. It took a while for the liquid to cook down into the glaze and I was concerned it would burn. So my carrots were a little more on the saucy side. Which is not to say that they didn’t taste goooooood.
- 1 pound carrots, peeled and cut (I used baby carrots)
- 2 tablespoons butter
- kosher salt
- 1 cup ginger ale (If you can get ginger beer, I definitely recommend using it)
- 1/2 teaspoon chili powder
In a 12 inch sauce pan over medium heat, combine the carrots, butter, a pinch of salt, and ginger ale. Cover and bring to a simmer. Once simmering, remove the lid, stir, and reduce heat to low. Cover again and cook for 5 minutes. Remove the lid, add chili powder and increase heat to high. Cook, stirring occasionally, until the ginger ale is reduced to a glaze, approximately 5 minutes. Serve immediately.