Cooked carrots were my favorite vegetable when I was a kid. We’d have them most weeks at my grandma’s house for Sunday dinners with roast, potatoes, and fresh, hot homemade bread. I still love them today. This recipe jazzes up your traditional cooked carrot dish and adds a lot more flavor and nutrition.
Indian Roasted Carrots
6 large carrots, sliced ¼ inch thick
2 tbsp olive oil
½ tsp tumric
½ tsp salt
¼ tsp cumin
1/8 tsp cinnamon.
Directions: Preheat oven to 400F. Toss carrots with olive oil and spices. Pour into a rimmed baking sheet and roast for 25 minutes, stirring them once about halfway through. Serves 4-6
Carrots are known for their high beta-carotene content which gives carrots their bright orange color. Did you know that by cooking your carrots and adding olive oil you increase the amount of beta-carotene in the carrots by EIGHT times?! It’s one of those foods that actually gets more nutritious as it’s cooked and the fat in the oil increases how much beta-carotene you can absorb as it’s a fat-soluble nutrient. Also, it’s better to choose whole mature carrots versus baby carrots. Baby carrots are actually just the cores of mature carrots that have had the outer layers stripped away. And like more foods, the outer layer is much more nutritious than the core.
Beta-carotene, which is converted into vitamin A in the body, is essential during pregnancy. Vitamin A is needed for normal cell growth and differentiation and is especially important in the development of the heart, lungs, and kidneys. Also, studies have found that pregnant women with lower vitamin A intakes are more likely to give birth to children with low birth weight.
Tumeric is an Indian spice that has become a popular nutrition supplement in recent years as it has been linked to many health benefits. Tumeric contains a powerful antioxidant and anti-inflammatory substance called curcumin. Because of its anti-inflammatory properties, curcumin has been found to help prevent and even treat heart disease, cancer, Alzheimer’s, arthritis and even depression. In addition to this recipe, try adding it to other roasted veggies, to omelets, in soups and grain dishes.