Gimme Info’s Perfectly Roasted Lemon Dill Carrots!
If you’re looking to add a colorful vibrancy to your holiday table, look no further. Think organic carrots!
Bright, beautiful, and tasty, plus, they are packed with nutrients!
Did you know that one serving of carrots provides vitamins A, B1, B2, B3, B6, C, E and K? Carrots are extremely healthy to consume. Vitamin A present in carrots can help to prevent night blindness and combat macular degeneration, thus carrots are a great food to eat to promote vision health. Carrots are also good for our teeth, by helping to kill germs in the mouth and working as a natural abrasive.
Wonderful, too, is the fact that carrots are rich in manganese and potassium, and they contain fiber. Magnesium is required for energy production and potassium plays a key role in keeping the heart beating at a normal rhythm. Fiber rich foods are the indigestible part of plant foods that help us by improving motility in the gut. There are two kinds of fiber; soluble and insoluble. Carrots contain both. Insoluble fiber helps bodies to maintain the correct pH balance and soluble works to reduce cholesterol levels. Carrots also contain powerful antioxidants that can help the body fight cell damage.
It is best to buy organic vegetables in order to lower the level of toxic pesticide exposure. Organic carrots may also contain 3 to 4 times less nitrates than non-organic ones. Some people believe that nitrates are harmful and may cause cancer. Others suggest that nitrates may have some benefits, but the jury is still out until more research is completed. Either way, the benefit of eating organic carrots appears to outweigh any drawbacks.
Here is a healthy comforting carrot dish that is ideal for your holiday table:
Gimme Info’s Perfectly Roasted Lemon Dill Carrots:
- 10 to 12 organic carrots, scrubbed & peeled (sliced or cut to preference)
- 3 T. organic extra virgin olive oil
- 1 t. kosher salt
- ½ t. fresh ground black pepper
- 1 T. grated organic lemon peel
- 1 T. organic dill weed
- Juice of ½ organic lemon, reserved
- Sprig of thyme for decoration
Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Combine and toss all ingredients but lemon juice in a large bowl. Place ingredients on a roasting pan and put in the preheated oven. Roast until golden and fork tender, about 20 to 30 mins. When finished, drizzle a tiny little bit of the lemon juice over top, according to your liking. For a truly decadent finish, add a dollop of organic butter! Enjoy!