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Oven Roasted Carrots Recipe
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.
- Extra Virgin Olive Oil, (or healthy oil of choice)
- Sea Salt
- Black Pepper
- Other Seasonings of Choice
- Preheat the oven to 400 degrees.
- Wash then cut the carrots lengthwise (in quarters).
- pour (or spray) a little bit of extra virgin olive oil onto a cookie sheet.
- Place carrots onto the cookie sheet so that they are NOT overlapping.
- Sprinkle sea salt, black pepper, and other seasonings onto the carrots (I use cumin).
- 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)
- Eat and Enjoy!
|Serving size: 100g|
|Calories from Fat||18|
|% Daily Value *|
|Fat 2 g||3%|
|Saturated fat 0 g|
|Unsaturated fat 0 g|
|Carbohydrates 8 g||3%|
|Sugar 4 g|
|Fiber 3 g||12%|
|Protein 1 g||2%|
|Cholesterol 0 mg|
|Sodium 65 mg||3%|
|* 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.|
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.