Potato fries are a little bit of an obsession of mine and I could easily eat 4 potatoes worth in one sitting – no lie. They are such a simple side dish to make and usually a winner on every dinner table. Try these baked carrot fries that are a little healthy twist on regular fries. Under 120 calories a portion, so ideal for a snack or a side.
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We have a recently discovered a love of gardening, but we are not the best at it. We don’t follow the “rules” (in terms of sowing and spacing) and we don’t harvest things when they should have been – these carrots are the perfect example of that. Luckily we haven’t had a very cold winter this year, so our carrots were okay when we pulled them out a couple of weeks ago.
There are many things I love about home grown carrots and the ugliness of them is one of them. Actually, I don’t think they are ugly at all. I just really love all the random shapes and sizes. It’s not just the way they look I love, but they taste so different from store bought carrots. Just much sweeter and full of flavour. I think part of the enjoyment of eating them comes from knowing that you grew them.
I said in my first post of the year that I am going to be posting more vegan recipes, so here is another one. Not just a vegan recipe, but a healthier alternative to fried potatoes. Carrots are an excellent source of Vitamin A and K, Biotin and fibre, which will help you to keep fuller for longer. They are really cheap at this time of year too, making them a great budget snack.
Chips, French fries, whatever you want to call them – they are my weakness. In fact, potatoes in general. They are the one food that I would find it really difficult to give up, but luckily I don’t have to. I just love their crispiness and all the things you can dip them in. So, now you know how much I love them, hopefully you will trust me when I say that these are a really delicious alternative. You still get the crispiness and crunch, but all the added health benefits of a carrot. They go perfectly dipped in to my Healthy BBQ Sauce.
How to make Baked Carrot Fries – Serves 2:
baked carrot fries
- 4 carrots peeled and cut in to sticks
- 0.5 tbsp cornflour
- 1 tbsp olive oil
- 1 pinch sea salt and black pepper
- 2 tbsp coriander (cilantro) finely chopped
- Put the carrots in a bowl with the cornflour, olive oil, salt and pepper and mix well.
- Lay on to a baking sheet, making sure the carrots are not on top of each other.
- Put in a preheated oven at 200C/390F for 45 minutes, turning a couple of times.
Nutritional Information – Per person
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