Sweetened Steamed Carrots w/ Onions & Beans

Finding Comfort in Sweetened Steamed Carrots w/ Onions & Beans

Hi and welcome back to Ria Lives Well!

It’s still raining, people.

As I sit writing in my attic, drizzle taps at my window like the fingernails of a ghost. This weather, which I can only describe as yucky, has me swept in the arms of a few fall and winter pleasures. I’m also sitting here drinking water, and with every sip–inevitably followed by a cold shiver–I think to myself: Why the eff am I not drinking hot chocolate?

My first comfort is aromatic candles. This little guy cost a pretty penny {600, to be exact}, but fills my room with the delightful scent of…let’s have a look….sea breeze.

Sea breeze is totes appropriate since I’d kill to be at the sea right now, lying in the hot sand as a warm, salty breeze passes through. But let me tell you, folks: this candle smells nothing like the sea. Or it’s breeze.

What else brings me comfort on yucky days? Hot showers. 30 minutes in the tub, my tiny bathroom choked with steam as I’m dreaming of Hawaii. Or dreaming of a few minutes of aromatherapy by my favorite masseuse.

Lastly, and most importantly, I find comfort in a hot meal with enough flavor to keep me smiling at every bite. Comfort meals like sweetened steamed carrots topped with black beans and fried onions are a must on cold days. Mmmm. It was a budget meal fit for a King’s mistress…I don’t know why I said King’s mistress, but “fit for a king” is all too cliche.

Of course, I keep my vegan dinners both healthy and budget friendly, like this simple meal of steamed carrots, sauteed onions and black beans–beans from a can. Budget friendly, y’all. Budget.Friendly.

But it’s rich with flavor. The carrots taste like a dessert, which proves to be an intriguing combination with the fried onions, flaring with savory spices.

Since I’ve been in a rut with my cooking, my baking and exercising, I had to keep this meal short and sweet. These days, I grow as winded in the kitchen as I do on the track. But when I see a recipe where I can actually like carrots, I have to give it a try. The benefits of carrots are hard to ignore.

So what say we get to the recipe?

Sweetened Steamed Carrots w/ Onions & Beans 

  1. 16 oz baby carrots
  2. 2 tablespoons cane sugar {or brown sugar}
  3. 2 tablespoons earth balance
  4. 2 bay leaves
  5. generous dash of cinnamon
  6. dash of salt and pepper
  7. 1.5 {additional} tablespoons earth balance
  8. half an onion {sliced}
  9. 1/4 tablespoon garlic powder
  10. generous pinch of coriander
  11. 1/4 can black beans
  12. bunch of fresh coriander


Fill a large pot with carrots. Then fill the pot with water–just enough to immerse all the carrots. Raise heat to boil water, the  bring it down to a simmer. Add a generous dash of cinnamon and 2 bay leaves. Let it simmer for 50 minutes, or until carrots are tender. Once cooked, drain. Remove bay leaves. Mash carrots until they reach the consistency of mashed potatoes. Add two tablespoons earth balance-mix it all up-and two tablespoons cane sugar-mix it all up. Add a pinch of salt and pepper. Dice half an onion. In a skillet, melt 1.5 tablespoons earth balance. Add coriander and garlic powder. Mix until dissolved, then add diced onions. Saute onions until “wilted” and crisp–roughly 7 minutes on med-high heat.

Sprinkle the coriander over the steamed carrots. Then pile on the beans.

Before you add on the sauted onions, make sure they’re aromatically crisp and looking something like this, minus the bad kitchen lighting and minus the bad iPhone photography.

Dig in…oh wait; of course you forgot to take a few more pictures, and this is the best you can arrange your vegan dinner after “digging in”.

Oh well. It still tasted damn tasty.

~Live Well!


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