Want to know some fun facts about carrots? They are fat free, low in sodium, cholesterol free, a good source of fiber and potassium and high in vitamin A, and contain Vitamins C and B6. In addition to those fantastic properties, they are very high in beta carotene, a strong antioxidant that has been known to prevent cancer.
Even better? It has been hypothesized that they actually more nutritious if you cook them! (http://www.carrotmuseum.co.uk/nutrition.html#raw)
This recipe is great because it goes with pretty much any of our Asian-inspired recipes. The light, sweet, aromatic ginger and sesame oil compliment the rooty, earthy vegetable quite nicely. And its easy, which is always a plus.
Ginger Glazed Carrots
1-2 Tbsp Sesame Oil
1 Tbsp Ginger (fresh)
¼ cup Green Onion
3 Garlic cloves
½ tsp Coarse Sea Salt
Preheat the oven to 400 degrees Fahrenheit.
Mince the garlic and ginger. Chop the green onions. Cut the carrots into ¼” spears (about 3” long) or matchsticks.
Add all ingredients except for the oil to a bowl and toss with the carrots.
Heat the oil in a pan on high until it begins to smoke.
Once the oil is hot, add the oil to the remaining ingredients and toss until thoroughly coated.
Spread the carrots out onto a baking sheet, be sure to include everything in the bowl.
Bake the spears for 25-35 minutes, or until tender. If you went the matchsticks route, bake for only 12-15 minutes.