I like to build flavor by first sautéing the aromatics, then adding a small amount of curry powder, which foils the natural sweetness of carrot with earth and smokiness. If you're not in the mood for spice or simply don't like curry, you can omit the spice; it tastes great with or without it. A healthy, satisfying Winter soup, right this way!
I'm getting a major kick out of this shot from No Strings Attached, which opens Friday. Ashton Kutcher cleverly offers a "bouquet" of carrots to Natalie Portman as a work-around of their "strictly sexual" relationship. When I was researching the no-flowers phenomenon last May, I discovered 15 alternative wedding bouquet ideas, including everything from macarons to seashells to balloons, but the orange root vegetable certainly wasn't one of them. Have you ever received, given, or carried an alterna-bouquet? If so, tell me which kind in the comments!
Zucchinis are overflowing out of many people's gardens now so you can either find them free from a generous friend, or for a couple bucks at your local farmers market. Once you get your hands on this green summer squash, give this recipe a try.
1 1/2 cups whole wheat flour
2 tablespoons ground flaxseed
1 1/2 teaspoons cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon nutmeg
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/8 teaspoon baking powder
1 cup Sucanat (or sugar)
1/4 cup brown sugar
1/2 cup oil
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 1/2 cups grated zucchini
1/2 cup grated carrots
- Mix dry ingredients in a bowl and set aside.
- In a separate bowl, beat egg and add sugars. Then add oil and vanilla and mix until smooth.
- Stir in vegetables. Then mix in dry ingredients.
- Pour into greased bread pan. Bake 45 to 55 minutes at 350°F until an inserted toothpick comes out clean.
- Desserts, Breads
One smart move I made when planting my Winter garden was to mix my radish seeds and my carrot seeds together. I used Easter egg radishes and Chanterey carrots for the garden, which are both known for their mild flavor. I also favored the Chanterey carrots because they are short, and thus suited for raised beds that might not have as much soil depth as some gardens.
But why did I mix the seeds together in the same row? What's the advantage, you ask? Well, radishes mature in only a month, which means that once you pull them, your carrots, which take at least twice as long to mature, will have more room to spread out and grow. Also, since the soil has been loosened, the carrots will have an easier time growing. Just make sure to pull out your radishes gently; you don't want to pull out your baby carrots before their time!
You're asking and I'm answering . . .
For years I have been peeling my carrots before eating them, but recently I went to a friend's house for dinner. She was making a big salad and she didn't peel the carrots before slicing them. I asked her about it and she said you could eat them. Is this true? Have I been peeling for nothing? Or does the peel have extra nutrition, like apple peels do?
— Not a Carrot Connoisseur Catie
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I know I'm supposed to be getting a certain amount of Vitamins and Minerals each day - That's what RDI is (formerly known as RDA). It stands for Reference Daily Intake and it represents the suggested daily intake levels for nutrients.
That being said, when it comes to Vitamin A, women should get 700 mcg (micrograms) or 2,310 IU (International Units) a day. This vitamin helps with vision, bone growth, cell growth and repair, and cell division. It aids in regulating the immune system, and makes white blood cells, which help to fight off infections. Vitamin A also helps the skin and mucous membranes function as a barrier to bacteria and viruses. It also speeds up healing when you get cut, and prevents your skin from aging. What a busy little vitamin!
Sounds great, but how can I make sure I'm getting enough? I mean, what does that much Vitamin A look like when it comes to food?
Want to see a chart to help you figure it out? Then read more
Vitamin A — What doesn't it do? It helps with your vision, bone growth, cell growth and repair, and cell division. It helps regulate the immune system, and makes white blood cells, which help to fight off infections. Vitamin A also helps the skin and mucous membranes function as a barrier to bacteria and viruses. It also speeds up healing when you get cut, and prevents your skin from aging.
It's a good thing that vitamin A is found in so many of our foods, so you usually get enough in your diet. Colorful fruits and veggies are great sources of this vitamin. The RDA (recommended daily allowance) for women for vitamin A is 700-750 micrograms.
Are you getting enough? To find out read more