Q: What’s some finger food you take with you to the office or pack for your kids to have a snack at school? For me it’s carrot. The finger food I like, and it is also healthy. But what I love the most about carrots is their universality. You can eat them cooked and raw; make salads, color rice if you need it yellow, prepare sauces, and bake cakes even. The only thing about carrots that I don’t know is whether they can go in the microwave. So what do I cook with carrots in the microwave oven?
Why Do You Need to Eat Carrots?
If you keep to the diet, eat raw carrots and make salads. This vegetable is full of vitamins and useful compounds, like vitamins B, C, K, PP and other groups, carotenoids, lutein, essential oils, sugar, calcium, magnesium etc.
Many scientists agree that boiled carrots improve eyesight even better than raw vegetables, as we all tend to think.
The scientific experiments have shown that carrots, when boiled, have an increased antioxidant effect.
This orange vegetable that is loved by adults and kids is healing when it comes to different diseases like bronchitis, cardiovascular diseases, anemia, or visual impairment.
Fresh carrot juice improves appetite, complexion and hair condition. And it also fights chronic fatigue.
However, you should control the number of carrots in your children’s daily ratio, because the excessive consumption of this bright vegetable can make their skin yellow.
Advantages of Cooking Carrots in the Microwave Oven
The biggest advantage of microwaving carrots is that it is the fastest method.
Another piece of good news is you sometimes do not need water to cook carrot in the microwave oven. So you do not worry that all the water will evaporate and your carrots will burn.
The third advantage is the taste of the microwaved carrots does not differ from those cooked on the stove or in the electric oven.
How to Stew Carrots with the Peel?
The method is really easy and won’t take much time. You just need to follow a few steps to get your carrots microwaved with the peel:
- Wash the vegetables thoroughly
- Make several cuts on each carrot
- If you are extremely short of time, cut the carrots into 2-3 pieces
- Place the vegetables in a plastic bag appropriate for microwaving and make several holes with a knife
- Place in the microwave oven for 10 minutes at 800 Watt
- Don’t rush to open the bag after microwaving, letting the carrots get to readiness when the microwave oven stopped cooking
It is totally OK if you don’t have a plastic bag. You can easily do without it.
In this case, you will need to place carrots on a microwave-safe dish, just remember to make a few cuts in vegetables.
Caramelized Carrots in the Microwave Oven
To cook this extraordinary dessert for your family, take:
- Carrots – 1 kg
- Orange zest – 1 tsp
- Butter – 3 tbs
- Brown sugar – 1 tbs
Melt the butter in the microwave oven.
Slice the carrots or cut them into sticks.
When all the butter has melted, add carrots and the rest of the ingredients.
Microwave the dish for not more than eight minutes at high power.
Take the glass or plastic container out of the microwave oven and let it cool down a little.
Yummy Microwaved Carrots with Sesame Seeds
Despite the name of the recipe, we will not only need the microwave oven in the process of cooking, but also a pan to roast the vegetables after having them microwaved.
Peel the carrots and finely slice them. Put the vegetables in the microwaveable glass and pour in water. Cover the dish tightly with the lid or just another dish.
Set the microwave oven to 900 Watt and microwave the future snack for six minutes or so.
As soon as the microwave stopped cooking, place the carrots in the hot oiled frying pan, add sesame seeds and a pinch of salt, and roast.