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The belief that eating carrots improves your eyesight can be traced to a red (or orange) herring that the British Royal Air Force threw out during World War II. To distract the enemy from discovering a newly developed radar system, British intelligence spread a rumor that RAF pilots were able to “see” enemy aircraft so well at night because they ate a lot of carrots. While a steady diet of carrots won’t restore flawed vision to 20/20, it’s true that orange and yellow carrots are loaded with beta-carotene, a pigment that the body uses to make vitamin A, an essential nutrient for overall eye health. And even if you already have perfect night-vision, these carrot fritters with herby sauce probably won’t hurt.
In this version, originally published by VT in 2015, we call for egg and dairy. You can, however, swap in your favorite vegan egg substitute and dairy-free feta and yogurt and it will still work great. Unlike most fritters, these guys are baked, not fried.
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Baked Carrot Fritters with Dilly Yogurt Sauce
1. Preheat oven to 425°F. Coat rimmed baking sheet with cooking spray, or line with a silicone baking mat.
2. Pulse chickpeas, egg, and feta cheese in food processor until combined, and transfer to large bowl. Stir in carrots, onion, 2 Tbs. dill, chickpea flour, salt, and pepper.
3. Scoop mixture into Ping-Pong-ball-size spheres, flatten into patties, and place 1 inch apart on prepared baking sheet.
4. Bake 30 to 35 minutes, flipping fritters halfway through, or until lightly browned on both sides.
5. Meanwhile, stir together yogurt, vinegar, and remaining 2 Tbs. dill. Season with salt and pepper, if desired. Serve with fritters.
- Calories 250
- Carbohydrate Content 30 g
- Cholesterol Content 50 mg
- Fat Content 8 g
- Fiber Content 8 g
- Protein Content 15 g
- Saturated Fat Content 4 g
- Sodium Content 723 mg
- Sugar Content 8 g