Lunch Today: Carrot Ribbon Salad

carrotsCarrots may not be the hip new veggie but they are one of my favorites. Super versatile, the carrot can be eaten raw, steamed, stir fried, stewed, and shredded.

Carrots also have countless health benefits. High in beta carotene, which is converted to vitamin A in the body, they are great for your eyes and can help prevent cataracts and macular degeneration, as well as night blindness, which keeps eyes from adjusting to the dark.

Carrots also contain high amounts of soluble fiber, largely from pectin, which could be the reason they have been shown to lower cholesterol.

So enjoy this easy fresh carrot salad. Simple yet tasty, it makes a great side dish to fish or chicken. Continue reading “Lunch Today: Carrot Ribbon Salad”

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Dinner Tonight: Carrot Ginger Soup

carrotsI picked up a bushel (yes, a bushel) of carrots at a local farm this past weekend. Apparently, it was a great year for carrots around here. With visions of stews, casseroles, and healhy-ish muffins, I hauled the 15 pound bushel of orange goodness home.

First on my recipe list is carrot ginger soup. This is one of those soups that is perfect for cool evenings after spending a day outside. I keep the skin on the carrots, retaining the numerous extra cancer-fighting compounds, including beta-carotene and canthaxanthin. I just give them a really good scrub.  

Carrots are nutrition powerhouses. Harvard researchers recently found a strong inverse relationship between diets rich in carrots and the incidence of stroke; women who ate five or more servings of carrots weekly had a 68% lower risk. When 124 lung cancer patients who were not regular smokers were compared with 235 controls in terms of what they ate, carrots were seen to offer the best protection against the disease.

Combine the carrots with anti-inflammatory properties of ginger, and you have a great soup that everyone will love!  Continue reading “Dinner Tonight: Carrot Ginger Soup”

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