EWWK: Zaatar Roasted Carrots



Ingredients

Vegetable oil cooking spray of choice
1 pound of carrots
1 teaspoons Za´atar seasoning
1/8 teaspoon salt
2 teaspoons extra-virgin olive oil
Squeeze of lemon juice (optional)
Chopped fresh parsley (optional but delicious garnish)

Directions

Preheat the oven to 425 degrees.

Cover a sheet pan with aluminum foil for easy clean up, and spray with vegetable oil cooking spray. Peel the carrots and cut them into ½- inch pieces (I like to cut them on the diagonal for a nicer presentation). Place them into a medium bowl and toss with seasonings, salt and oil.

Place the carrots on the baking pan and cook for 20-30 minutes or until the carrots are tender. Turn halfway through cooking time.

Sprinkle with lemon juice and parsley if desired just before serving.

Yield: 4 Servings (serving size: ½ cup)
Nutrition Breakdown: Calories 70, Fat 2.5g, Cholesterol 0mg, Sodium 130 mg, Carbohydrate 10g, Fiber 3g, Protein 1g.
Diabetes Exchanges: 1 Vegetables, 1/2 Fat

Kim’s Note: Za´atar is a Middle Eastern seasoning that is simply delicious. I found it at our local Fresh Market and Kroger stores recently. Za’atar spice is a blend of savory dried herbs like oregano, marjoram or thyme, and earthy spices like cumin and coriander, with sesame seeds, salt and sumac! Sumac is a versatile spice with a tangy lemony flavor, though less tart than lemon juice. Use Za’atar as a rub for chicken, or for roasted veggies or simply sprinkle it on hummus for a change of pace.