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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.
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