I was a rabbit in my past life. I just had to be Because if there was ever an epidemic that resulted in a shortage or elimination of carrots…I don’t know if I would survive. I think Bugs Bunny is my long lost cousin. I even have this cute red bangle bracelet I found at a garage sale that is bright red and has a few Bugs Bunnys decorating it along with some carrots. No shame.
Since my love of carrots knows no bounds, I do quite frequently come up with new recipes using them. This is a recipe I came up with a few years ago and I make it often. It’s a common healthy, easy side dish for many of my meals. I decided to mix parsnips in with the carrots because variety is the spice of life, right? Plus, parsnips are very nutrient rich with a naturally sweet taste and are a delicious pairing with the carrots.
Maple Glazed Carrots and Parsnips
5-6 medium sized carrots
3-4 medium sized parsnips
1 1/2 Tbsp. dried parsley
1 tsp. salt
1 tsp. pepper
2 Tbsp. maple syrup
Cut the carrots and parsnips into small-medium sized chunks. Place all pieces into a good sized plastic bowl and add about 1/2 cup water to the bowl. Microwave in bowl for 5-6 minutes until the carrots and parsnips are slightly tender. The time will vary based on your own microwave. Drain most of the water from the bowl. Heat a skillet up to medium heat and spray with cooking spray. Add the carrots and parsnips to the skillet.
Saute the carrots and parsnips for 1 minute, then sprinkle the salt, pepper, and parsley over them. Drizzle the maple syrup over the veggies as well. Continue to stir occasionally until the carrots and parsnips just start to get hints of a golden brown color from the glaze of the maple syrup.
Healthy Recipe Tidbits
- If parsnips are new to you, definitely give them a try! They’re another root vegetable that’s related to the carrot. They do contain more sugar than carrots so they have a naturally sweet flavor that could help satisfy your sweet tooth cravings and is a much better option than many processed sweets and treats.
- Carrots and parsnips both are excellent sources of dietary fiber, 1/2 cup of parsnips in particular contain 3g fiber.
- 1 serving (1/2 cup) of cooked parsnips are a great source of vitamin C, folate, and manganese
- 1 serving (1/2 cup) of cooked carrots are a great source of vitamin A, biotin, vitamin K, and potassium among many other nutrients.