Carrots are among the most popular vegetables found in your local supermarket. You can buy them in the frozen section, canned carrots, and fresh carrots, which can be organic.
There are many ways to prepare carrots and make them a part of your diet, and there are definitely a lot of carrot recipes available too. However, how can you make these carrots taste appealing and scrumptious for your children as well? We all know that children can be very picky when it comes to their vegetables and it can be tricky getting them to taste the carrots if you do try a new recipe. Finding carrot recipes that your kids will love will benefit them and you, and roasting carrots is a great way to start.
Why Make Carrots A Part Of Your Diet?
Carrots are very healthy vegetables which must be a part of your diet as well as your children’s. Carrots are an excellent source of beta-carotene, minerals, fiber, and other anti-oxidants. However, most of the carrot’s nutritional value is found in their skin thus it is advantageous to avoid peeling the carrots. It is also believed that aside from beta-carotene, carrots are also very effective in reducing the risk of cardiovascular disease. It can also prevent certain cancers from developing such as colon cancer. The phytonutrients found in carrots can prevent the spread and growth of colon cancer cells. Carrots can also protect your reproductive system by protecting it from free radicals. Aside from this, carrots also have Vitamin A which can help strengthen your immune system.
How To Make Carrots More Appetizing For Children
Roasting carrots or any other vegetables can enhance its flavor and taste. When you make roasted carrots, their exteriors become crisp and they are also caramelized thus their sweetness is intensified and concentrated. This makes it one of the healthiest comfort-food you can make. Your kids will definitely love roasted carrots since they will appreciate the sweetness that the carrots can provide. One of the best roasted carrots recipes available is the caramelized roasted carrots. Here’s how you must prepare it:
- 1 lb carrots, washed and peeled
- 2 tablespoons of butter, which is cut into smaller pieces
- 1/3 cup brown sugar
The first thing you need to do is to slice your carrots into long matchsticks. You have to make sure that the slices of each piece are almost within the same sizes to ensure that the carrots are evenly cooked. After doing so, you must then preheat the oven and the baking dish to 425 degrees Fahrenheit. Once the oven and the baking dish are hot, you must then spread the carrots onto the dish and dot it with butter pieces. Place the carrots into the oven and back for at least 15 minutes.
After 15 minutes, you must remove the carrots from the oven and stir them. Sprinkle brown sugar on top and then return it into the oven and let it bake again for another 15 to 20 minutes. Flip the carrots once during the second cooking time.