Did you know that carrots can be enjoyed for breakfast, lunch, and dinner?
Carrots are one of the most wonderful vegetables that can be enjoyed at any meal of the day.
As a meal planning expert, when I think carrots, I think meal planning. This allows me to scrape, shred, cut, or chop everything at once which is a much more efficient use of my time. It’s important to think, Plan, (what do you want to eat) Prep, (what do you need to do to get it ready), Provision (make sure you have the food on hand), and Protect your time to cook. It will be helpful to start thinking in terms of, how can I turn “this to that”? – How can I get the most out of one ingredient?
While I was in “carrot mode”, I cut carrot sticks to have as a snack to go along with some hummus, (sliced/cut carrots are best stored either wrapped in a moist paper towel or in cold water), I sliced additional carrots to add to my roasted vegetables for the week AND set aside carrots to add to my roast chicken . As you can see, carrots easily go from “This to That”.
Helpful Hints: How to select and store carrots. Carrots with their green leafy tops intact, often indicate that they are young and fresh. Older carrots are typically found in bulk or in bags with their tops removed.
When buying carrots, they should feel firm and crisp like they might snap if you were to bend them in half. Always check to see if they feel rubbery, loose or limp as that indicates the carrot is old and dehydrated. We have all found a sad limp carrot in the crisper at some point!
If your carrots have the tops attached, cut them off before storing them. The tops will drain the moisture from the carrots and cause them to dry out and become rubbery. Store carrots lose in an open plastic bag or mesh bag in your vegetable crisper. Carrots stored properly will last at least a week.
However you choose to enjoy carrots, you will always receive the health benefits of beta carotene. Beta carotene converts to Vitamin A which promotes good eyesight and other vitamins and minerals including biotin, vitamin K, potassium, vitamin C and Vitamin B6!