Carrot Chips – 2 Delicious Ways!

Carrot Chips – 2 Delicious Ways!

You guys…it happened. I almost gave in. It was just before pay day, my stomach growled and I ransacked my cabinets looking for a fix.

It was like a cruel & surreal joke..cereal, no milk…peanut butter, no jelly. What was I to do? My cup of hunger-induced tears ranneth over.

It doesn’t help one bit that I live next door to a McDonald’s, and the smell of chicken nuggets rose throughout my building. As much as I like to avoid McDeath, that chicken nugget smell really takes me back..

Then I found it.. a small mostly eaten bag of veggie chips. The blend included sweet potatoes, parsnips, beets, YOU NAAAAME IT!…

But for some reason, I just wasn’t feeling it. I’d already picked out a majority of the sweet potato chips, my favorite of all the chips in the bag.

Bruh..

Remember that gargantuan, donated bag of carrots I mentioned in my  ‘Brown Sugar Baby Carrots’ post?

Behold my loves, Carrot Chips!

carrot chips prep

They’re so easy to make. I recommend making a bunch at one time because once you start snacking it’ll be hard to put these babies down. Be advised these are super delicious so prepare yourselves.

If you happen to find yourself binge eating carrot chips, no worries! They’re lower in calories and fat than traditional potato chips.

So “romaine” calm & “carrot” on. (haha, I couldn’t help myself with that one)

Pack some for your lunch or keep them in the car to keep you from pulling into the drive thru after work.

 

And for added measure, I’ve given you 2, count em..TWO seasoning options.

So whether you prefer a savory snack, or if you’ve got a sweet tooth, these are sure to satisfy either way.

carrot chips finished
Carrot Chips! It beats buying a can of Pringles

Carrot Chips 2 Ways

 

Ingredients:

2 or 3 large carrots

Olive Oil

Seasoning Options

  1. Salt & Pepper, Parsley for garnish
  2. Cinnamon & Nutmeg

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 425 degrees F
  2. Using either a knife or mandolin slicer, cut carrots into circular disks
  3. Toss carrots in olive oil & whichever seasoning option you like (see above)
  4. Spread evenly across greased baking sheet
  5. Bake for 10-12 minutes

Enjoy! Leave a comment & let me know if you love it!

-A

Brown Sugar Baby Carrots

Brown Sugar Baby Carrots

I have a close friend of the family who is like a mom to me. Lately, she’s been receiving an abundance of leftover produce from her employer, items that regularly would go bad or be thrown out. Luckily for me, she had me in mind. She will call or text me at work to let me know that she has another haul of veggies and that she’s headed my way.

First of all, y’all just don’t know how this generosity blesses me AND my wallet. That’s grocery shopping I don’t have to do! (Cues shout music)

fresh carrots
Ehh..what’s up doc?

Her most recent haul included a large bag of carrots. This bag was huge, and a bit overwhelming. Now I couldn’t be out here in these streets on my Bugs Bunny ministry, chomping down on these bad boys, so I took some time to prep said carrots & came up with a game plan.

I’ll be real with you guys, prepping your produce is a pain, but it’s definitely worth it because it ends up saving you time during the week. I’ve found that if I don’t buckle down and get on with my prep, I’m less likely to ever touch that piece of produce during the week, and it ends up sitting in the crisper until it’s not salvageable. How many times have you all done the same exact thing? Bought a bunch of fresh produce, put it in the fridge, and never touched it again?

Yeah, I’m not about that life.

For me, prepping fresh carrots means thoroughly washing them in the sink. Then I cut off the stems and tips using a large knife. Next, using a potato peeler, I’ll peel each carrot so that it’s void of any brown spots or imperfections. Depending on the recipe, I’ll then cut the carrots down to size

cut carrots

Of course, you can always just buy a pack of baby carrots, but preparing them yourself can save you a few coins. I just so happened to receive mine completely unprocessed, so some sort of prep was necessary. Honestly, I’ve got more carrots than I know what to do with, so bear with me because carrots might be the star of the show for the next few recipes I post.

Haters gon hate, but I don’t really carrot all. (lol see what I did there?)

 

Stumped & in need of a side dish? Check out this easy carrot recipe using only 5 ingredients. 

Give it a try & drop a comment to let me know if you love it!

brown sugar baby carrots

Brown Sugar Baby Carrots

Ingredients:

  1. 1 package baby carrots, or regular carrots cut to size
  2. 1/2 cup butter
  3. 3 tablespoons honey
  4. 1/2 cup brown sugar
  5. Chopped dill

Directions:

  1. Wash, peel, and cut carrots if necessary
  2. Place carrots in large pot of salted water
  3. Bring carrots to a boil, about 10-15 minutes
  4. Drain
  5. Return empty pot to stove
  6. Melt butter
  7. Stir in honey & brown sugar
  8. Add carrots and stir to coat
  9. Allow carrots to cook another 5 minutes
  10. Garnish with dill

Stay (mostly) meatless 🙂

-A