About this Recipe
Of all the vegetables on the shelves, in the United States, carrots the 2nd biggest seller! They are delicious chopped up raw, bought in bulk for juicing, steamed, or like in this carrot recipe, boiled! Carrots can be a colorful nutritious part of many meals. 1 cup of boiled carrots has just 55 calories, 5 grams of dietary fiber, 89% of the daily recommended intake of Vitamin A, 27% of the daily recommended intake of Vitamin K and many other micronutrients important for wellness.(1) They are wonderful served on their own with a little butter or you can add them to casseroles. This is such a basic simple how to on cooking carrots. Those of us that are always in the kitchen may not really think of this as a recipe. We have this as a How To for anyone just learning to cook food from fresh.
1. Wash the carrots by gently scrubbing them in a sink of cool water to remove and dirt or chemicals that may be residing on them.
2. Peeling carrots is a matter of personal preference. A lot of nutrients live near the surface so if the carrots are super young, sweet and fresh you do not need to peel them. If you do peel the carrot, only take off a thin layer.
3. Many nutrients are lost when you cut your carrots into slices, so the bigger carrot chunks will hold more nutrients however they do take longer to cook so you need to plan that into your timing and you will observe many cooks choose to loose a bit of the nutrients in favor of the appearance when served onto the plate . Cooking carrots from scratch will still be a very healthy choice.
4. The carrot top should be removed as it is usually more tough and woody and not very appealing. Food appeal is a big part of presentation and desire to get your family to eat it, especially when cooking for small children. The more colorful and interesting the food looks, the more likely you’ll get those fussy eaters to be willing to give it a try.
5. One of the most potent nutrients in carrots is Vitamin A, which can be enhanced by serving the cooked carrots with some olive oil or butter.
References: (1) Nutrient profile From Health Canada- Carrot, boiled, drained /(Date modified:2018-02-06) Retrieved from: https://food-nutrition.canada.ca/cnf-fce/serving-portion.do?id=2381
6-8 fresh carrots (depending on size)
1 teaspoon salt for the boiling water
1. Wash the carrots and cut off the ends. If the carrots are old and have tough bitter skins, peel the skins off.
2. Slice the carrots, you can cut with a straight knife or use a zig-zag cutter to make them a little fancier and more fun to look at on the plate.
3. Put just enough water into the saucepan to cover the carrots.
4. Bring the water to a boil. Add one teaspoon salt to the water.
5. Place the carrots into the boiling water and cover with a lid.
6. Let boil for about 5 minutes. Test with a fork to see if done. If you can easily spear the carrot it is cooked. Don’t overcook as mushy carrots are not nearly as appealing.
7. Drain the water from the carrots in with a colander or sieve and transfer the carrots to a serving dish.
Carrots are such a versatile vegetable and can be eaten raw or cooked, even baked into desserts and made into marmalades. Boiling carrots is a great way to serve them as a side dish alongside other vegetables and meat, or even to eat on their own as a snack with some butter. If you're interested in growing your own vegetables, garden carrots are delicious and fairly simple to grow too.
There are a few carrot varieties to choose from and many different types of carrot within the different carrot varieties so it would be fun to grow a few different types and see which ones you like best. Some of the carrot varieties include; Nantes, Imperator, Chantenay, and Mini Carrot Varieties.
Imperator carrots are the popular type of carrot you see in the stores and the ones that people grow most often in their gardens. The mini carrots are also popular in stores too and are known as baby carrots. There are Kaleidoscope Mix carrots which give you a beautiful array of colours including red, orange, yellow and purple carrots which could be really fun to try adding to your dinner plate.
The nutrition in carrots has always been said to help keep your eyes healthy, and when you slice a carrot, the slice even resembles an eye. Besides boiling your carrots, steaming, sauteeing, or roasting them, you can also juice them too which is an excellent way to get all of the good nutrition in carrots.