An Inspiring Carrot and Apple Side

Ordinary Carrots and apples become extraordinary in this glistening recipe. Considering the health benefits makes them even more extraordinary. One cup of carrots provides 407.6% of the Vitamin A we need on a daily basis. 

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Glistening Carrots and Apples

I needed carrots; only two or three. They are a pantry essential so I always have some on hand. I saw the loose ones first grinning at me with their brilliant orange smile. Then I saw the bagged ones. It was an enormous cache. They had been cut and trimmed to look just like little baby ones. They were so beautiful. But what would I do with all of them? I hesitated; three of the big ones or the whole bag? I grabbed bag. I have been eating a lot of carrots this week. I thought you might like this recipe that I devised. It is delicious and if you have children who don’t like vegetables, they just might think that this is dessert!

 

You will need:

 2 ½ cups of Carrots      ¼ cup of Brown Sugar

2 Apples                         Salt

Water                              1 Tbs. Corn Starch

½ tsp. Cinnamon           1 Tbs. Lemon Juice

2 Tbs. of Butter

Preparation:

 Peel and cut the carrots. If you are using whole carrots cut them on the diagonal, just for the fun of it.

  1. Peel and core the apples then cut them into bite sized pieces; not too small.
  2. Squeeze the lemon.

Cook:

1. Put the carrots in a sauce pan. Cover them with water. Place a lid on the pan and boil them until almost tender

2. When the carrots are almost fork tender, add the apples. The apples will not be under the water. Just stir them in and replace the lid. Let the apples steam with the carrots for about three minutes.

3. Add the ¼ cup of brown sugar, ½ teaspoon of cinnamon, a pinch of salt, 1 tablespoon of lemon juice and two tablespoons of butter.

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4. Mix the one tablespoon of corn starch with three tablespoons of water and stir the resulting slurry into the carrots and apples. Continue to stir until the liquids thicken. You will get various results depending upon how much water had evaporated from cooking the carrots. If there is more than a cup of water left, increase the cornstarch to one and a half tablespoons or two tablespoons. But this is not a critical concern. The sauce need be only thick enough to coat the carrots.

This works nicely with ham, pork or poultry. Perhaps with leftover turkey?

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Food for Thought:

A Way of Seeing

The Vitamin A in the carotene we find in carrots works miracles for the eyes. It improves our night vision, reduces the risk of cataracts, helps prevent macular degeneration and protects the surface of eye to decrease frequency of eye infections.

The perpetual carrot in bugs Bunny’s hand proved he got it right. Have you ever noticed how big his eyes are? That’s what we need: big eyes, a way of seeing that goes far beyond the surface of things, that ascertains the blessings God daily brings into our lives.

Emily Dickenson listens to a bird singing on a gray day and hears the Hope she so desperately needs.

Van Gogh sees infinity in a child’s eyes.

Poets can see. Artists can see, and believers, by the power of the Spirit, can have their eyes opened as surely as the blind man whom Jesus healed with a slurry of mud..

Yesterday I was thinking negatively about the day before. Then I prayed and tried making a list of the blessings God had brought that day. I was amazed.

I’d had a fun piano duet practice with a neighbor early that morning. We practiced Ralph Vaughn Williams’ Fantasia on Greensleeves for a Neighborhood Christmas Party.  The neighbor who opened her house to us had been very depressed, but after we played, she was smiling and laughing and planning ahead.  Later in the day.I had an unexpected encounter with a friend who wished me well. The new book I began proved to be a riveter.  The dreaded party time I was expecting in the evening was cancelled. The night’s sleep was excellent, and I had a newsy letter from my youngest sister.

Wow! There were, in truth, abundant blessings in the yesterday I’d deplored.

Lord, help us  develop a new way of seeing. Open our eyes to the daily blessings that bring light and hope into our lives.            [RuthAnn]

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2 Responses to An Inspiring Carrot and Apple Side

  1. anniebgood says:

    Mmmm. This looks yummy! And so simple too.

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