Perhaps Bugs Bunny should have been a nutritionist. After all, his food of choice is a smart pick. Carrots, a member of the parsley family, contain a wealth of beta-carotene, which provides protection against age-related cataracts. The root veggies are also rich in vitamins C and K, potassium, and fiber. Deliciously sweet rainbow carrots, born from heirloom yellow, purple, and red seeds, contain several different disease-thwarting antioxidants (including lycopene and lutein), making them worth seeking out at farmers’ markets.
Choose It & Use It
Look for firm carrots that are free of cracks. If you buy them with greens attached, trim the greens to 1 inchthey rob the carrots of water, causing limpness. Shred carrots into baked goods, purée into soups, and roast with herbs. But try to save the chopping for the last step; U.K. scientists discovered that cutting carrots after cooking reduces their loss of the anticancer compound falcarinol by 25 percent.
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Chickpea Tagine with Cinnamon, Cumin, and Carrots
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Steamed Baby Carrots with Orange-Dill Butter
Tossing hot carrots with a touch of butter, dill, and orange juice and zest yields delectable results. Vary the flavors by using lemon or lime in place of the orange and tarragon or cilantro instead of dill. Holiday prep tip: this dish needs to be made just before serving, butmore
Sweet & Spicy Carrot Bisque
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Carrot Soup with Fennel Pesto
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