I feel like my blog posts are a series of “I used to hate this food and now I love it”. But that’s what I love about living a healthy lifestyle. Some people think it’s so hard because junk food is just SO GOOD. Sure, it tastes good in the moment, but I think healthy foods can be made to be DELICIOUS if you give them a chance! And they give you the added bonus of nutrients and the satisfaction of knowing you’re doing something great for you. Win win! And on the flip side, some people think healthy food can’t be good. Ever. But the foods I make are FULL of delicious flavors. I do not eat bland or “sad” foods just because they’re “healthy”. Simple, quick, flavorful meals can be easy and good for you. **Steps off soapbox**
Back to the point: Cooked carrots are one of these foods I hated. No, I despised them. That mushy, just-too-sweet flavor was repulsive. And when people cook baby carrots? EVEN WORSE. Even when you add flavor to them, they taste like warm, no longer crispy, baby carrots. Ew. Ew. Ew.
But one day I was making roasted sweet potatoes with coconut oil and my usual spice blend (cinnamon, pumpkin pie spice, and a little cayenne) and I saw my giant bag of raw carrots in the fridge and thought: “well, what if I put THESE on carrots?!”.
I have been making these on repeat every Sunday for the past several weeks. I can’t see any reason to stop! They’re great to snack on by themselves, with a sweet or savory dip (hummus, or my favorite maple syrup/nut butter/coconut butter blend), or add on top of a salad or a side dish with dinner. They’re so versatile!
And guys. GUYS! Airfryers will be on SALE at Sam’s Club on August 4th (2018). GO GET ‘EM. Then make this recipe 🙂
- 1-2 tbsp coconut oil (melted)
- 6-7 large, raw organic carrots – peeled and sliced length wise (like french fries!)
- 1 tsp cinnamon
- 2 tsp pumpkin pie spice
- 1/2 tsp cayenne and/or paprika (optional)
- a pinch of pink himalayan sea salt
AIRFRYER DIRECTIONS (RECOMMENDED!)
- Toss all ingredients in a bowl and add to fryer basket
- Turn on airfryer to 380 degrees for 20 minutes
- Shake the basket about halfway through to toss
- Bump the temperature up to 400 degrees for 5-10 minutes to get the edges “crispy”.
- Preheat oven at 380 degrees
- Toss all ingredients in a bowl
- Line a baking sheet with parchment paper and spread “fries” evenly on pan
- Roast for 20-30 minutes, toss half way through
- Bump the temperature up to 425 degrees for 5-10 minutes to get the edges “crispy”. *Watch them so they don’t completely burn!