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Sweet & Spicy Chunky Baked Carrot Fries |

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.

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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.

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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

Ingredients

  • 2 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 taste

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 400°F/200°C and wash and peel your carrots.
  2. 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.
  3. Melt the butter in the microwave and stir in the sugar, garlic powder, paprika, cayenne, salt and pepper.
  4. Add the carrots into the bowl and toss until they're well-coated.
  5. 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.

Notes

This recipe only makes enough for one portion of carrot fries, but it can easily be doubled, tripled, quadrupled...(you get the idea!)

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22 Responses to Sweet & Spicy Baked Carrot Fries

  1. Nicola,
    First of all let me say YUM! These look amazing.
    I also wanted to let you know I’ve nominated you for the Sunshine Award over on my blog. Stop by and check it out. Have a great day.
    Michelle

  2. These look really good! I think I’m going to try them with my little one. We’re always trying to find fun ways to serve vegetables at dinner and she does love her carrots. Thanks for the idea!

  3. Allison says:

    Um…YUM! These looks amaze!

    I invite you to join me today (and every Tuesday) for the Tone Up Tuesday link up! All things fitness, healthy living, and wellness like recipes, workouts, fitness motivations, struggles and accomplishments. Live right now!

    http://www.feedingmytemple.com/2012/8/24/tone-up-tuesday-linkup

  4. YUMMY I need to try these! :D

  5. Very good idea! Can’t wait to try so I’m pinning for later…

  6. I love carrots. Thanks for the recipe.

  7. Yum, thank you so much for this idea!!! :)

  8. YUM! YUM! I love this idea. I am featuring it tomorrow!

  9. Beth Mcgwire says:

    These sound delicious. Too bad he won’t try them, but I agree with you- more for you! Thanks for sharing this recipe. We are big veggie eaters, the whole family, so another recipe is always welcome.

  10. Becolorful says:

    Thank you for sharing your tasty recipe on BeColorful. I featured your post on this week’s Motivated Monday
    PR

  11. This is genius. Love it!! Thanks so much for linking up to Tasty Thursdays at The Mandatory Mooch. I hope you will link up again this week. The party will be live tonight!! http://www.mandatorymooch.blogspot.com

    Thanks, Nichi

  12. chani says:

    Just made these! I substituted olive oil for the butter to make it non dairy and it was delicious.

  13. Dad says:

    I am not allowed salt so I like to add dried Rosemary (Romero) to all of my roasted vegetables. It really adds to the flavour.

  14. Kayre says:

    Putting carrots on the list! I loved them raw as a child and adore them cooked as an adult! Thanks for sharing!

  15. Cathy says:

    Yum! Thank you for linking up at Tasty Tuesdays! Your post has been pinned to my Recipes from Tasty Tuesday board. I can’t wait to see what you link up next week!
    Have a terrific week!
    Cathy
    APeekIntoMyParadise.com
    #TastyTuesdays

  16. My husband has been wanting to try Carrot Fries. I need to pin these and try them out! Thank you for linking up at The Wednesday Round Up! Hope to see you back next week.

  17. aprila says:

    these sound good and healthy. Thanks for linking up at Tell Me About It Tuesday. We hope you hop over and share with us again next week.

  18. Jamie @ Love Bakes Good Cakes says:

    Just stopping by to thank you for linking up to Freedom Fridays – and to let you know that you are being featured at tonight’s party! It goes live at 8:30 pm EST – we can’t wait to see what you share this week!

  19. We just had to feature these babies at Freedom Fridays With All My Bloggy Friends!! Love them!!

    Hugs

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