Thursday, February 10, 2011

Carrot Fries


Fries made out of carrots? Yup. I first saw these on Pretend Chef's blog and couldn't wait to try them out for myself.

I've never been a big fan of eating carrots. Oh, I'll eat them because I know I should, but it's never been something I savored. Until now. The carrots are just deliciously tender and the roasting process adds this lovely char to them that I find simply irresistible and flavorful.

I did change the recipe a little. Instead of oil, I spray them with PAM cooking spray so that they're fat free. I also sprinkled them with some freshly ground black pepper for a nice little kick and omitted the salt (believe me, they don't need it). These are so good that I've been making and eating them several times a week. I'm not even kidding. I hope I don't turn orange.

Carrot Fries (adapted from Pretend Chef)

Carrots, cut into sticks
PAM cooking spray
freshly ground black pepper (to taste)
cumin, curry power, or other seasonings of your choice
salt (optional)

Preheat your oven to 415F. Spray the carrot sticks with the PAM cooking spray and lay them out on a baking sheet. Sprinkle them with the black pepper, salt, or whatever seasonings you choose. Bake for 20-25 min. until tender. You can flip them halfway through if you don't want the char on one side.

This recipe is linked to:
Full Plate Thursday
Decidedly Healthy or Horridly Decadent



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46 comments:

  1. These sure are healthy fries.

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  2. lovely healthy fries... colorful
    Reva

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  3. fantastic! healthy, colorful, and beautiful! thanks for sharing!
    -meg
    @ http://www.clutzycooking.blogspot.com
    @ http://www.myscribblednotebook.blogspot.com

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  4. Wow! What a wonderful idea. I don't care for carrots myself, but my daughter would absolutely love these! I'll have to try to make them. Thanks for sharing :)

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  5. What a terrific and delicious way to serve carrots - love it!
    Thanks, Lisa, for your kind comments about my dad. I really appreciate it. xo, Louanne

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  6. I'm like you, I'll eat carrots...but they're not my favorite. I am definately going to try these carrot fries! Thanks!

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  7. Wow! I've got to try these! I love to find new and healthy snack choices! Thanks for sharing.
    ~Holly

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  8. I make these all the time with the hubby! We season them either with Lawry's seasoning salt or old bay. It works perfectly with sweet potatoes as well, but we must have this once a week! Yours sound great!

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  9. Wow Lisa those look amazing and I am not normally a big cooked carrot fan (too many Sunday pot roasts with potatoes and carrots as I kid I guess), but am going to try this one. It looks really really good. Oh knows, I might even get my teenager to eat this!

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  10. How did you know my morning could use a perking up? Your post just made my day! I am happy that you gave these a try because they are our go to side dish. Itty bitty gobbles these up and the package of carrots disappears. It's such a healthy alternative to potato fries. Your changes sound perfect! I've tried it with the cooking spray before and prefer the olive oil. I could drink olive oil though, haha, just kidding, maybe. Happy you loved them! That was a long time to hold off trying them out. Haha!

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  11. Wow, never had carrots this way before. Sounds really interesting. Would be lovely with sweet potatoes too, I bet!

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  12. These sound great. I have never seen carrot fries. I think I might actually be able to get my kids to eat carrots this way:)

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  13. I do love carrots so any new twist I can put on then sounds great!!

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  14. I like carrots, so I would be really interested to try this recipe. I'm going to have to save this so I can make it. I'd never heard of carrot fries before!

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  15. oh great way to make carrots! this is actual a vegetable my entire family will eat!

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  16. These sound amazing! I love that they're so healthy!

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  17. Ooh I would never think to cook carrots like this, but I bet I'd be so much more likely to eat them this way!

    Thanks for stopping by my blog!

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  18. What a great way to make carrots. Very inventive.

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  19. Hi Lisa,
    What a great snack and healthy...I can't wait to give these Carrots a try.Thank you so much for bringing them to Full Plate Thursday and you come back!

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  20. Wow, never would of though of carrot fries! That's awesome- I love carrots. What a fun way to eat them. :)

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  21. What a marvelous idea! I've made sweet potato fries, so why not carrot fries? Thanks, Lisa :)

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  22. These carrot fries look great! I love eggplant fries and sweet potato fries, and I can't wait to try these. Thanks for sharing!

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  23. Oooo....I never thought to try these in fry form. Great idea.

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  24. These sound super healthy and delicious! I can't wait to try them out, thanks!

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  25. This is my FAVORITE way to eat carrots! We made these in a similar fashion just a few nights ago. So good.
    I would be thrilled if you might want to share this recipe at a weekly event I host titled Seasonal Sundays! (Carrots fit the theme! :)

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  26. What a great way to prepare carrots! I've got to give these a try. Thanks so much for sharing the recipe! Have a great weekend, Candace

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  27. This is my first time here and my family is not too fond of cooked carrots. This is an option I can try. Thanks.

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  28. Oh my goodness...what a clever idea. I too, do not care for carrots that much, but am looking forward to making these. Thanks :)

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  29. wow! these sound like a really good snack to have around! i love carrots even when they are only boiled, so i am guessing i would totally love these too!

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  30. Never have thought of this, brilliant! I'm making some of these soon!

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  31. How can you not love something that is at once healthy and delicious? I am new to your blog and have spent some time browsing through your earlier entries. I really like the food and recipes you feature here. I'll definitely be back. I hope you have a great day. Blessings...Mary

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  32. This is a must-try. awesome!

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  33. This sounds so delicious! I love how they are super simple as well! :)

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  34. Lisa! First of all, congrats on your first year of blogging! Keep up the excellent work here at Sweet As Sugar Cookies! Second, these fries look delicious, kinda like sweet potato fries ...! And finally, am wondering if you are continuing the Sweets For A Saturday blogshare ... I have some excellent oatmeal cookies that I'll be posting tomorrow! Yum, yum! Come on by for a look-see!

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  35. What a great idea! They really look delish! And so guilt free!

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  36. What a fun idea for "fries." They are definitely healthier than real fries, and since I am a lover of carrots, especially roasted ones, this is a fun way of serving them.

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  37. oooh, I will have to try these, I have to force myself to eat carrots nomally! Question Lisa: do you have a favorite chocolate recipe on your site? or any must try's?

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  38. I used to make these all the time Lisa, with chile powder and cayenne! I love them!

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  39. What a great idea, especially the delicious seasonings you suggested!

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  40. We do this all the time with sweet potatoes, but I've never thought of using carrots. Will have to give it a try!

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  41. Lisa, I have been waiting for you to post these and couldn't figure out how I missed them. Then I realized I wasn't following you!
    I am now. :)
    these look delicious!

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  42. Congratulations Lisa, you are featured on Full Plate Thursday this week 2-17-11. Please stop by and pick up your Red Plate...hope to see you soon.

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  43. I've never had carrot fries before -- will definitely have to remedy that.

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  44. I just made these and they taste every bit as amazing as I imagined!! I didn't have Pam, so I coated lightly in olive oil and sprinkled with garlic salt. This adds some calories, but I still feel relatively innocent. . . . The combination of savory garlic and sweet carrots is wonderful.

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