Garlic Parmesan Baked Carrot Fries


Hello lovely,

We've survived January! How are those diets looking? You know everyone (including myself) starts off doing so well; meal prepping, buying vegetables and seasonings, even vowing to make things from scratch. But by mid-January, we fall off and start stopping to McDonald's a little too frequently. Then the processed pre-made foods find their way back into our freezers and soon we start making excuses for why it's acceptable. One morning I had no time or energy to cook both breakfast and lunch, so I resolved to have a veggie burger and fries for lunch. I’m not fond of the school cafeteria fries but that's how much I did not want to be bothered. Then I stopped and asked myself, “What am I doing? I'm down 9 lbs, do I really want to erase all my hard work?” I decided. The veggie burger can stay but instead of carb-ridden, starchy potato fries, I'll opt for something healthier: These Garlic Parmesan Baked Fries!

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When I say these took no time at all to make, I mean it. The hardest part was cutting up the carrots. I didn’t even have to peel them. After that it was just a matter of tossing it in some EVOO and some seasonings then baking it for a few minutes. These were crispy and the perfect addition to my bunless veggie burger! I wish I remembered to make the sauce, but there’s always next time, right? Trust me. You’ll want these fries again and again. A thumbs up to Tasty for the recipe!

Garlic Parmesan Baked Carrot Fries

Ingredients

for 2 servings

  • 2 carrots

  • 1 tablespoon oil

  • ¼ cup parmesan cheese(25 g)

  • 1 tablespoon garlic powder

  • 1 teaspoon pepper

  • ¼ cup fresh parsley, chopped (10 g)

  • ½ teaspoon salt

DIPPING SAUCE

  • 2 tablespoons Greek yogurt

  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice

  • ½ teaspoon garlic salt

  • 1 teaspoon pepper

Preparation

  1. Preheat oven to 400°F (200˚C).

  2. Slice the top and bottom off of carrots then slice them in half, slice each half into thirds lengthwise.

  3. In a large bowl, mix ingredients with carrot sticks.

  4. Spread on a baking sheet.

  5. Bake for 15-20 minutes (depending on how crispy you want them).

  6. Mix together ingredients for dipping sauce in a small bowl.

  7. Serve warm carrots with dipping sauce. Topped with Parmesan and parsley.

  8. Enjoy!

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Roasted Garlic and Beet Soup

Hey Friends!

This all started because I got home early enough to watch the rerun of The Wendy Williams Show. And of course on the day I catch her, Martha Stewart is the guest. Martha just exudes a level of perfection that I don't think any human was ever meant to achieve. But because she showed colourful soups in simple drinking glasses, I felt that I couldn't be outdone (seriously, how would she know?) So after looking up her recipe and making a few tweaks, I got my supplies from the food store and got started. Can you believe I actually made three different soups in just under 2 hours? I made a roasted garlic and beet soup (even though I hate beets), potato and mushroom soup and carrot ginger soup (recipes to come later this week). 

So take THAT Martha Stewart!

Beets may take a while to roast, but their powerful healthy status makes it worth the wait. I added the apple to sweeten the taste because it was far too bitter.

Roasted Garlic and Beet Soup

INGREDIENTS

  • 1 can whole beets

  • 2 tablespoons olive oil

  • 1 teaspoon garlic & pepper seasoning

  • 1 large celery stalk, thinly sliced

  • 1 teaspoon fresh thyme leaves

  • 1 bay leaf

  • 1 medium Gala apple, diced

  • Coarse salt and pepper

  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice

DIRECTIONS

  1. Heat 2 tablespoons olive oil in a pot over medium heat. Add celery and cook, stirring, until tender, 2 to 4 minutes. Add beets and garlic, thyme, bay leaf, and 2 cups water and 1 cup vegetable broth. Season with salt and pepper.

  2. Bring to a boil, then reduce heat and simmer, 5 minutes. Discard bay leaf. Let cool slightly, then puree in a blender (with the apple) until smooth. Stir in lemon juice and adjust seasoning to taste.

Enjoy!

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