My favorite items to buy at the famer’s market are the colorful carrots. They come in purple; they come in white; they come in orange. Each color has a different flavor; mixed together they create a vibrant side dish. The purple carrots happen to be my favorite providing sweetness; the white carrots taste closer to parsnips; the orange carrots have an earthy taste to them. Peeled, sliced, seasoned and cooked, the carrots are one of my favorite side dishes with a low-calorie, nutritious benefit.
Carrots are plentiful in various vitamins. One medium carrot contains 204% of your daily recommended value of vitamin A. They are a good source of vitamins K and C. Vitamin K maintains your blood’s ability to clot and contributes to bone and kidney strength. Vitamin C is associated with a healthy immune system and strong gums. It helps your body absorb iron. Among those valuable reasons to eat carrots, carrots provide you with 7% of the daily recommended value.
Here are some tips to keep in mind:
- I cook my carrots for about 40 minutes flipping them halfway through at 350 F. If you are in a rush, you can use aluminum foil and cook the carrots in about 25-30 minutes.
- Spray pam on a baking sheet to keep the carrots from sticking.
- I spray my carrots with pam before seasoning them to allow the spices to adhere.
- Be sure to peel the carrots and cut them in even pieces.
- Space the carrots evenly along the tray and sprinkle them with paprika.
- You can add other root vegetables to the mix just be sure to adjust cooking times, and keep the other vegetables around the same size.
These paprika spiced vegetables won’t stay on the table for long. Spices are a great way to mask the taste of vegetables and provide them with flavor. It mixes up the monotony of the daily vegetables. Check your local farmer’s market or grocery store for your favorite vegetable and try a hand with your own spice mixture.
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