They are fat--really fat. It makes them great for grating, but very difficult for making carrot sticks. But what they create in difficulty, they make up for in flavor. My kids think that "wimpy American carrots" have no taste. They just aren't sweet like the real carrots they grew up with.
But in my book they're all good.
Probably my favorite way to eat carrots is in my carrot salad. Years ago I used to make sweet carrots with lots of brown sugar and butter, but I had to go off sugar and my hips liked the butter so much I had lots of trouble making it go away.
I started making a simple carrot side dish where I just cooked the carrots until just beyond tender crisp and then took a tablespoon of orange juice concentrate and tossed that on them like butter. I liked it a lot--but not everyone in the family appreciated cooked carrots. And I quit having orange juice concentrate around.
But carrots have a lot going for them: they are good for us, full of vitamin A and betacarotene. We want our kids to eat them. Plus not many foods have that great orange color, so they add a lot to our dinner plates!
The other day while browsing around on Pinterest, I came across some very easy vegetable recipes here. This one looked too good to pass up. And you know what? I didn't even change anything.
So I present Simple Delicious Gingered-Honey Carrots.
1/2 pound baby carrots or carrot sticks
1 Tablespoon butter
1 Tablespoon honey
1/2 tsp. ginger (you can use less if you have people with sensitive taste buds, but we did not find this hot at all)
1/2 tsp. dried minced parsely (or 1 Tablespoon fresh)
Cook carrots in 1/2 inch water for 5 minutes. Remove from heat and drain. Place butter, honey, and ginger in pan and stir till butter is melted. Place on serving dish. Adorn with parsley. Serve hot. 4-5 servings
That's all! I think your kids will love this. So bring them around the table and give them some sweet nutricion!
For printable version click here.
* * * * *
Remember to like the Around the Table Facebook page to get a conversation starter for your dinner tonight!
Linking with these great blogs.