Carrot and Onion Saute (AIP)

My Carrot and Onion Saute is:  Paleo, AIP, gluten free & includes Fatigue Friendly Instructions

J U M P   T O   T H E   R E C I P E !

A touch of honey brings out the natural sweetness of carrots and onions in this simple sauté. Serve it as a side with just about anything!  I like to make it as a breakfast dish.

Carrot and Onion Saute (AIP, Paleo)

I live in Seattle where the winters are cold enough that come January, there’s slim pickings at the Farmers Market. As a result I usually buy a lot root veggies like carrots and onions. 

As a cooking rule of thumb, whatever grows together goes together, and that’s certainly true of carrots and onions.

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Especially in winter when the cold temperatures actually make them sweeter!

Carrot and Onion Saute (AIP, Paleo)

When we know that what we’re eating supports healing it makes a difference–-because intention is everything! Check out the medicinal benefits of the ingredients in my Carrot and Onion Sauté.

However, if you’d like, you can jump to the recipe.

Ingredients

High Mineral Salt → I use Redmond’s Real Salt in all my cooking because it contains minerals & trace minerals necessary for good health. Also it’s delicous. I used to buy it in small packs but now I buy it in bulk, which saves me some cash and cuts down on waste.

Onions → Enhance detoxification pathways, increase overall immunity, and have been shown to suppresses cancer cell growth and development.

Carrots → A good source of vitamin A and other antioxidants.

Olive oil → Contains dozens of phenolic compounds that feature impressive anti-microbial properties. Studies have shown that some of the compounds in EVOO have greater antimicrobial activity than commercial disinfectants and can reduce bacterial and viral infections.

Honey → One of the most powerful and versatile anti-microbials on the planet.

Italian Parsley → Parsley is a nutritional powerhouse with vitamins A, B, C and K plus iron and potassium.  It contains high levels of a flavonoid called apigenin which possesses remarkable anti-cancer properties, and is also a powerful antioxidant that reduces inflammation.

Carrot and Onion Saute (AIP, Paleo)

Recipe

Serves: 4 | Total recipe time: 13 min | Prep time: 6 min | Standing time if following Fatigue Friendly Instructions:  2 minutes | Difficulty rating: 🥄🥄

  • 4 small carrots

  • 1/2 small sweet onion (about 3”)

  • 2 teaspoon olive oil

  • 1/4 teaspoon salt

  • 1/2 teaspoon honey

  • 1 teaspoon chopped Italian parsley

Basic Instructions

Step 1: Prep the onion.  Peel the onion and cut it into 1/2” slices

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Step 2: Heat the skillet. Add the olive oil to a large skillet and heat it over medium heat.

Step 3: Peel the carrots.  While that’s getting toasty, trim and peel the carrots.

Step 4: Get your sauté on. Add the onion and toss to coat with the oil.

Step 5: Cut and add the carrots. Chop the carrots into equally sized pieces about 2-3” each.

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Now add the carrots and salt to the pan. Stir occasionally for 3 minutes, or until the veggies are lightly caramelized. 

Step 6: Prep the parsley. In between stirs, pick some parsley leaves and chop about a teaspoons worth.

Step 7: Add the final ingredients. Add the chopped parsley and honey to the sautéed veggies, and cook another minute while stirring.

Last Step: Congratulate yourself on making healthy, healing food, give thanks, and enjoy!

The next set of instructions was lovingly adapted for folks experiencing chronic fatigue. If you’d like to skip it click HERE to get to the rest of the post.

Fatigue Friendly Instructions

This recipe can be made while mostly sitting down if you put a chair or stool by your prep station and the stove. 

Set Up:  Prepare your prep station by getting your seat, a cutting board and knife, and gather your ingredients.

Step 1: Prep the onion.  Sit down if needed, peel the onion and cut it into 1/2 inch slices

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Step 2: Heat the skillet. If you were sitting, get up and add the olive oil to a large skillet and heat it over medium heat.

Step 3: Peel the carrots.  While that’s getting toasty, return to the cooking board and trim and peel the carrots.

Step 4: Get your sauté on. Now that the pan’s hot, add the onion and toss to coat with the oil.

Step 5: Cut and add the carrots. As the onions cook, chop the carrots into equally sized pieces about 2-3” each.

Carrot and Onion Saute (AIP, Paleo) Cooking instruction illustration

Now add the carrots and salt to the pan. Stir occasionally for 3 minutes, or until the veggies are lightly caramelized. You can move your seat by the stove and sit for this if ya like.

Step 6: Prep the parsley. In between stirs, pick some parsley leaves and chop about a teaspoons worth.

Step 7: Add the final ingredients. Add the chopped parsley and honey to the sautéed veggies, and cook another minute while stirring.

Last Step: Congratulate yourself on making healthy, healing food, give thanks, and enjoy!

Batch Cooking and Meal Prep

You can double this recipe if you use a bigger pot (stock pot or Instant Pot on “sauté” mode) so there’s room for all those nourishing veggies.

Note: Adding more carrots and onions increases the amount of moisture in the sauté. Turning up the cooking heat and stirring more often can help balance this.

If you plan to eat this dish cold as part of your batch cooking or meal prep, I recommend adding another 1/4 teaspoon salt as colder foods taste best with more seasoning.

How to Store Carrot and Onion Saute

Got leftovers?  Store them in a glass air-tight container in the fridge for up to 3 days.  

Carrot and Onion Saute (AIP, Paleo)

What Goes Well with Carrot and Onion Saute?

Because my Carrot and Onion Sauté has a bit of natural sweetness, I think it’s goes extra well with savory and bitter dishes (think meats and greens).

Carrot and Onion Saute (AIP, Paleo)

You can quickly whip up a side of sautéed spinach as shown above. Simply add a bag of baby spinach to the skillet you made the Carrot and Onion Sauté in, along with some salt, and sauté until wilted.

Chef Tips for Making the Very Best Carrot and Onion Saute

  • Select locally grown winter carrots for the sweetest and freshest flavor.
  • Use flavorful, high mineral salt like Redmonds Real Salt.
  • Adding the salt early ensures the dish is throughly seasoned.
  • Sautéing the chopped parsley briefly at the end activates its chlorophyll for a gorgeous pop of green.

May you eat well, live well & enjoy a New Wellness.

Herbs and hugs,

Xx Kat

P.S. What will you serve this with?

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