Sweet & Spicy Baked Carrot Fries August 24, 2012February 12, 2014 Nicola Quinn recipe, side If you had told me 10 years ago that I’d be writing a blog post dedicated to carrots I would have covered you in chocolate cake crumbs whilst laughing in your face. I wasn’t a veggie person as a kid, though not through my own fault. My family just didn’t really eat vegetables. Does that sound weird? I was really fussy as a kid and most of my meals consisted of Heinz baked beans in tomato sauce and a fried egg, usually served up alongside some buttered white bread. I wouldn’t even eat mashed potato unless it was moulded into the shape of a hedgehog – that’s how awkward a child I was. The only time I can remember seeing vegetables on my plate was on a Sunday afternoon when my Grandma cooked Sunday lunch. And I can specifically remember watching her spoon about a cup of butter into enough mashed potato to feed 6 people. 1 cup of butter divided by 6 people = amazing calorie-packed mashed potato. But my grandma wasn’t bothered about the calories – she was one big lady who wanted her family to have full tummies and smiley faces. I now live with someone – My Official Treat Taster – who will only eat vegetables prepared in that kind of way – good, hearty vegetables (does potato even count as a real vegetable?) laden with cream, butter or cheese and mashed into oblivion. Although he has come in leaps and bounds recently. If I chop them up enough, I can just about get him to eat red peppers. But only if I don’t tell him they’re in the dish. It’s like living with a child. But he won’t touch carrots in any form. I thought I’d be able to tempt him with these Sweet & Spicy Baked Carrot Fries. After all, they’re fries and he likes fries – everybody likes fries. But no – he wouldn’t even try them. Is it bad that a little part of me deep inside was secretly happy he didn’t like them because it meant I could eat them all myself? Maybe if I cut them into the shape of hedgehogs he’d at least have a nibble… Whilst I do love regular fries (I always go for chunky over skinny) sometimes I actually prefer these Sweet & Spicy Baked Carrot Fries. They’re just so…sweet and spicy! Plus, they’re a lot lower in carbs and fat than regular fries, which means you can snack on them without the guilt. Sweet & Spicy Baked Carrot Fries Yield: 1 portion Ingredients2 medium-sized carrots 1 tablespoon butter 1 teaspoon brown sugar 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder 1/2 teaspoon paprika 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper salt & pepper to tasteRecipePreheat the oven to 400°F/200°C and wash and peel your carrots. Slice the carrots in half horizontally then slice each half vertically into 4 chunky fries - make sure you're skinny fries aren't too skinny or they'll burn. Melt the butter in the microwave and stir in the sugar, garlic powder, paprika, cayenne, salt and pepper. Add the carrots into the bowl and toss until they're well-coated. Place the carrots on a greased or lined baking tray and bake for around 20-25 minutes or until they just begin to blacken and get crispy. NotesThis recipe only makes enough for one portion of carrot fries, but it can easily be doubled, tripled, quadrupled...(you get the idea!)3.1http://pinkrecipebox.com/sweet-spicy-baked-carrot-fries/© Pink Recipe Box Here are the link parties I link up to. Come and party with me!