Carrots provide excellent nutrition and a colorful addition to your dinner table. They provide your family with various nutrients including vitamins A and C, beta carotene, antioxidants, dietary fiber, potassium and calcium. Raw, fresh carrots provide the best nutrient option, but lightly steamed carrots allows for a second option without reducing significant amounts of nutrition. Carefully scrubbing the carrots before you prepare them removes surface dirt and retains the vitamins found in the carrot skin.
Things You'll Need
- Vegetable brush
- Cutting board
- Glass bowl
- Parsnips (optional)
- Measuring spoons
- Butter or margarine
- Paper towel or glass lid
- Raw sugar
Savory Steamed Carrots
Rinse 5 medium carrots in cool tap water and scrub with a vegetable brush. Pat the carrots dry with a clean cloth.
Slice the carrots into bite-size pieces and place in a microwave-safe glass bowl. As a nutritious option, mix 2 medium parsnips, also sliced into bite-size pieces, with your carrots to add variety in taste and color.
Sprinkle 1 teaspoon of fresh dill and 1/2 teaspoon of nutmeg on top of the carrots. Add 1 tablespoon of water to the bowl and 1 teaspoon of butter or margarine. Cover the bowl with a paper towel or glass lid and place in the microwave.
Microwave the carrots on high for 2 1/2 minutes and allow the bowl to cool slightly before removing it from the microwave. Add 2 teaspoons of fresh parsley to the bowl and stir. Serve the carrots while they are still hot.
Sweet Steamed Carrot Sticks
Rinse five medium carrots as in Section 1, Step 1.
Slice the carrots into sticks and place in a microwave-safe glass bowl. Top with 1 teaspoon of cinnamon, 1 teaspoon of allspice and 1 teaspoon of ginger. Add 1 tablespoon of water to the bowl and 1 teaspoon of butter or margarine. Sprinkle 1/4 cup of raw sugar over the carrots and spices.
Cover the bowl with a glass lid and place in the microwave. Microwave the carrots on high for 2 1/2 minutes and allow the bowl to cool slightly before removing it from the microwave. Stir the carrots to coat them with the spices and syrup. Serve the carrots immediately for best results.
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