According to the Food and Drug Administration each of us needs from FIVE to NINE servings of fruits and vegetables daily. Five is the minimum; nine is the ideal number.
The issue sometimes can be that the cook often hears “I don’t LIKE that” and it can be not only frustrating for the cook but a deterrent to good health.
So let’s talk about carrots. They may not be a kid’s most cherished favorite but I have an idea to share-one I pinched from a FABULOUS cook in a nearby town.
First, I would caution you about baby carrots. You know-those little perfectly shaped cuties, packaged in handy/dandy plastic sacks. No tips or tails to trim...these are made from carrots that are not “pretty” enough to appeal to the public. So they are dunked in a toxic bath and trimmed to look good enough to SELL. They are not health enhancing. In my view, they are just like toxic bullets. If you get a package of them and they hang around long enough, you will learn that they do not spoil. That’s your clue that baby carrots are not good to eat.
That said, let me tell you about regular carrots and how to make them irresistible:
Trim and scrub 2 carrots for every person you’ll feed.
Slice them the way you like to see them. It’s easy to cut them to look like coins; it’s equally easy to grate them. The smaller the cut, the quicker they will cook.
Add some water, sprinkle some salt over the potful and allow them to cook til tender.
While they cook, very finely chop 2 ribs of celery and 1/2 of a small onion. You may saute these in a bit of oil to enhance the flavor or you can add them as is to the cooking carrots. The choice is yours.
When they are cooked, drain the water and add a spoonful of MAYO and a chunk of CREAM CHEESE. Stir these into the hot veggies. You may want to taste; they might need salt and pepper.
I first ate this dish at a pot luck meal. I went from table to table to discover who had brought those carrots because I HAD to learn how to make them. I asked for the recipe and the cook giggled and told me there was no recipe. Then she described what I shared with you. I have always loved carrots, cooked or raw, so I actually get hungry for this!
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