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Oven Roasted Carrots Recipe

Updated on February 26, 2013
Oven Roasted Carrots.
Oven Roasted Carrots. | Source

Oven Roasted Carrots: An Alteration of the Classic French Fry

Up until recently deep fryers and potatoes have created the ultimate comfort food, the French fry, but now that people are beginning to boycott fried foods due to a new adaptation of a healthy diet and a healthy lifestyle, comfort foods are being lost in this transition. Even though many people want to create a new healthy life for themselves, many still find great comfort in food, and fried food has been a speed bump in the healthy journey for many, ultimately destroying their diet and progress on personal health. Just because one must give up fried food to be healthy, does not mean one has to give up comfort food, because to be healthy, one must also be happy.

What some people have yet to realize is that it is possible to create delicious, comforting, and, wait for it... healthy foods at home. Now people can have their comfort foods, eat and enjoy them too (without all the guilt and shame).

There are different ways people who wish to become healthier can still enjoy a French fry, without actually eating a deep fried, battered, white potato that will be instantly turned into glucose once swallowed, storing itself in ones buttocks and "love handles". There are many oven baked/roasted adaptations of the French fry (one of the most comforting foods), which include, oven baked sweet potato fries and oven roasted carrots.

Both, sweet potato "fries" and oven roasted carrots are extremely delicious, but there are some nutritional differences one should consider before cooking.

Oven baked sweet potato fries (even though they are a healthier option) are still a potato, therefore they are still very high in carbohydrates, so portion control is more important when dieting.

Oven roasted carrots are a very low calorie vegetable which contain far less carbohydrates than a potato (but it is still a starchy food similar to a potato), so one is able to indulge more in oven roasted carrots than they would sweet potato fries.

A low carbohydrate diet may make it seem impossible to eat many comfort foods, that is why it comes in handy to get creative and be fearless in the kitchen, because one can create many different, healthier versions of comfort food with vegetables.

This recipe is a low carbohydrate, low calorie, low fat, and delicious appetizer, side dish, or snack that one can indulge in any time of the day.

With this recipe one is now able to trick their pallet into believing it is being comforted by a fattening and delicious French fry.

Cook Time

Prep time: 10 min
Cook time: 30 min
Ready in: 40 min
Yields: Serves 1

Ingredients

  • Carrots
  • Extra Virgin Olive Oil, (or healthy oil of choice)
  • Sea Salt
  • Black Pepper
  • Other Seasonings of Choice
Cut Carrots Lengthwise
Cut Carrots Lengthwise | Source
Do not overlap carrots on the pan; season the carrots.
Do not overlap carrots on the pan; season the carrots. | Source
  1. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees.
  2. Wash then cut the carrots lengthwise (in quarters).
  3. pour (or spray) a little bit of extra virgin olive oil onto a cookie sheet.
  4. Place carrots onto the cookie sheet so that they are NOT overlapping.
  5. Sprinkle sea salt, black pepper, and other seasonings onto the carrots (I use cumin).
  6. Bake for 20 minutes. Flip carrots. Bake for 5 to 10 more minutes. (If you carrots are thinly sliced you may want to adjust the bake time, so the carrots do not burn)
  7. Eat and Enjoy!
Freakin' delicious. No need to wreck your healthy lifestyle with these oven roasted carrots.
Freakin' delicious. No need to wreck your healthy lifestyle with these oven roasted carrots. | Source
Nutrition Facts
Serving size: 100g
Calories 45
Calories from Fat18
% Daily Value *
Fat 2 g3%
Saturated fat 0 g
Unsaturated fat 0 g
Carbohydrates 8 g3%
Sugar 4 g
Fiber 3 g12%
Protein 1 g2%
Cholesterol 0 mg
Sodium 65 mg3%
* The Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet, so your values may change depending on your calorie needs. The values here may not be 100% accurate because the recipes have not been professionally evaluated nor have they been evaluated by the U.S. FDA.

Note:

Nutritional info may vary depending on the amount of olive oil one chooses to use when baking the carrots. If you have a great nonstick pan it is possible to eliminate the oil, eliminating the fat from the recipe.

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      Susan Britton 4 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      This sounds good but what do they taste like? You have my attention tho and I am going to give this a try as I love sweet potato fries a lot.

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      Jami Johnson 4 years ago from Somewhere amongst the trees in Vermont.

      They taste very similar to sweet potato fries. Since carrots have a very bland taste to begin with, you can adjust the outcome by what types of seasonings you choose to use (I use cumin, salt, and pepper).

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      Anna Haven 4 years ago from Scotland

      I have sweet potato wedges with cinnamon and paprika, but after reading your article I will give carrots a try. Good idea for a healthier option.

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      Susan Britton 4 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      OK thank you Jamijay.

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      Theresa Ast 4 years ago from Atlanta, Georgia

      These sound great to me! :) And for those people who simply must have their potatoes, whether baked, roasted or mashed, the thin skinned Red Potatoes have the least carbohydrates of all the typical potato varieties. So if health is an issue opt for the red potato.

      And when making potato salad, try cutting the amount of mayonnaise you would usually use in half and substitute sour cream instead, (1/2 mayo and 1/2 sour cream, tsp of mustard maybe) substantially reducing the fat calories and increasing the protein content. Enjoy. :)

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      Jami Johnson 4 years ago from Somewhere amongst the trees in Vermont.

      Thanks phdast7 for the wonderful comment and tips!

      Greek yogurt is another way to cut down the fat, boost the protein and still give salads and sauces a very delicious creamy texture.

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      Ellen Cayzer 4 years ago

      I grow a very nice garden so it is always wonderful to find new healthy ways to prepare food.

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      Jami Johnson 4 years ago from Somewhere amongst the trees in Vermont.

      @myfuture37, glad I could help! I try to make/cook really healthy and gluten free foods. I will make sure to post more recipes using fresh vegetables!

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      Randi Benlulu 4 years ago from Mesa, AZ

      These do sound "freakin' delicious" Thank you for the recipe! I love any roasted vegetables! Up+

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      Robyn Evans 4 years ago

      Can't wait to try!

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