Spicy Carrot Sticks

Easy to prepare, kid friendly, holiday friendly... what more can I say? This recipe for spicy carrot sticks is a winner. 

Ingredients

  • 12 medium or 1 bag of carrots, peeled, ends trimmed

  • 2 egg whites from a large egg

  • 3 tablespoons olive oil

  • 1 tablespoon water

  • 1 ½ teaspoons garlic powder

  • 1 ½ teaspoons ground cumin

  • 1 ½ teaspoons sugar

  • ½ teaspoon paprika

  • ¼ teaspoon ground white pepper

  • 1 teaspoon coarse sea salt or kosher salt  

Directions

1. Preheat oven to 450F. Line a jelly roll pan with parchment paper. Set aside.

2. Cut each carrot in half to make 2 (3-4 inch) pieces.

3. Cut each carrot half in half lengthwise. With the cut-side-down on your cutting board, cut each half into 3 equal strips to make carrot sticks.

4. Place the egg white into a large shallow bowl or container and whip with a fork or whisk till foamy.

5. In a large bowl, mix the olive oil, water, garlic powder, cumin, sugar, paprika, and white pepper.

6. Place the carrot sticks into the beaten egg; turning to coat the carrots in the egg white.

7. Remove the carrots from the egg white and stir into the spice mixture. Arrange in a single layer on the prepared pan. Sprinkle with salt.

8. Roast, uncovered, for 20 minutes.

9. Transfer to a serving plate or bowl. 

Maple Baked Apples

There are no words to describe how delicious this is! Just make it. And don’t say I didn’t tell you so when you are eating the raisins and the walnuts from the bottom of the pan.

*Gala and Rome Beauty apples are ideal for baking because they retain their shape.

4 large apples
¾ cup maple syrup
½ cup (about 2 ounces) walnut pieces
¼ cup golden raisins
2 tablespoons unsalted butter, cut into pieces
Ice Cream (optional)

Heat oven to 400F. Using a paring knife, remove the cores and trim about a ½ inch slice from the bottom of each apple, so they sit flat. Place the apples in an ovenproof skillet or 8- to 9-inch baking dish.  Dot the apples with the butter. Bake until tender, 40 to 50 minutes. Spoon the sauce over the warm apples and serve with the ice cream, if desired.