Turmeric Carrot Fritters are a healthier, gluten-free addition to any brunch, lunch or dinner. Tender fritters packed with vitamin-rich carrots, anti-inflammatory turmeric, ground flaxseed and Italian parsley, these complimentary flavors are both healthy and delicious!
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I don’t know about you, but this past month, from February into March, everyone in my family (and it feels like everyone I know) has gotten sick with some sort of cold 🙁 Eating healthy is my way of “fighting the good fight” against illness. On a side note, doesn’t it seem like it takes forever to recover after being sick too? The amount of things that I have been thinking about yet procrastinating getting caught up on is daunting. When I am sick with a cold, my energy gets zapped, especially when I have to take care of a sick husband and child. I’ve been better now for a few weeks but I still can’t shake this leftover cough – what is with that?! I need some Springtime air to clean those lungs out! I love a good sweet treat and I definitely celebrate that here on this blog but one thing I do know is that when I also regularly eat healthy, I feel energized and revitalized. Whether or not it is actually those healthy vitamins & nutrients or just the idea of it – it does not matter – taking action to change what you eat is all one needs to go in a positive direction 🙂 And when you want that special treat, there’s always this cheesecake, oh man, now I have a cheesecake craving! 😉
At least, I have been getting caught up on my “in real life stuff” on Snapchat (@lifeslilsweets) and Instagram (@lifeslittlesweets). Are you on either of those most awesome social media platforms? If you are, follow me there! It’s SO much fun! I am the only one in the world who just figured out how to do the funny face filters on Snapchat, so you might be seeing a ton of that…
I want to share some of my research on the health benefits of carrots and turmeric:
Health Benefits of Carrots
Most of the benefits of carrots can be attributed to their beta carotene and fiber content. This root vegetable is also a good source of antioxidant agents. Furthermore, carrots are rich in vitamin A, Vitamin C, Vitamin K, vitamin B8, pantothenic acid, folate, potassium, iron, copper, and manganese.
Health Benefits of Turmeric
Turmeric has a peppery, warm and bitter flavor and a mild fragrance slightly reminiscent of orange and ginger, and while it is best known as one of the ingredients used to make curry, it also gives ballpark mustard its bright yellow color…
…Turmeric (Curcuma longa), the bright yellow of the spice rainbow, is a powerful medicine that has long been used in the Chinese and Indian systems of medicine as an anti-inflammatory agent to treat a wide variety of conditions, including flatulence, jaundice, menstrual difficulties, bloody urine, hemorrhage, toothache, bruises, chest pain, and colic.
Those health benefits, combined with their complimentary flavors, make a perfect pair for these yummy Turmeric Carrot Fritters!
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- I added the Cuisinart food processor that I use in making this recipe to my Amazon aStore under the “Small Kitchen Appliances” section. It has served me very well in many of my recipes and makes light work of shredding these carrots.
- Alternately, I have used the leftover carrot pulp from my Jack LaLanne Power Juicer and the moisture is already taken out of the carrots, plus you get a nice glass of nutrient rich carrot juice, yummy! I have also added my Jack LaLanne Power Juicer to my Amazon aStore in the same section. I have had this juicer since 2005 and it’s still going strong!
Above is a photo collage of Turmeric Carrot Fritters start to finish. The keys to success with this recipe is making sure the excess moisture is out of the carrots to begin with, forming tightly-packed fritters before pan-frying and not over-handling the fritters while cooking, so they don’t break apart. When they are done they should be tender and flavorful.
- 3 cups carrot, , shredded, (squeezed of any juice)
- 1/2 cup onion, , finely chopped
- 1/2 cup fresh Italian parsley, , chopped
- 2 flax eggs, (or substitute 2 chicken eggs, if not vegan)
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 1/2 teaspoon cumin
- 1 teaspoon teaspoon turmeric
- 2 tablespoons of coconut oil + more for cooking, (you can substitute butter, if preferred)
- 2 cloves of garlic, , minced
- more salt to taste
- fresh pepper to taste
- Prepare flax "eggs" (or substitute 2 chicken eggs) making them thicker using 2.5 tablespoons per tablespoon of ground flax, cover and refrigerate until ready to use (about 10 mins).
- Process carrots carrots in a food processor using the grating attachment; there's no need to skin the carrots if the skins are in good shape. If there's a lot of moisture in the carrots you can try squeezing in a cheesecloth. **Another option is if you use a juicer, you can use the left over carrot pulp, I have done this in the past and it works great! My food processor and juicer are both in my Amazon aStore.
- Chop the onion and fresh Italian parsley.
- In a large bowl, combine the ingredients and sprinkle the turmeric, cumin and salt over the mixture and then mix in until combined.
- Using a 1/4 cup measuring scoop, scoop out the mixture, pressing down to make sure it's packed, letting any extra moisture drip out, if the mixture is too wet they will not hold together as well. Have all fritters arranged on a plate before pan-frying (I can get 11-12 fritters total depending how each scoop is packed).
- Using a large preheated skillet, over medium-high heat, melt coconut oil, carefully place 4 (or more depending on the size of your skillet) fritters in the pan, DO NOT press down, cook for 4 minutes on each side. Time them exactly or else they can stick to the pan and come apart, add more oil if necessary, don't let the pan get dry. Reduce heat to medium to avoid oil burning, I usually need to reduce the heat before or right after flipping them over. After you flip them over, you can gently press them down. Add more coconut oil as needed. Usually, I need to put in another tablespoon before starting another batch. Enjoy them garnished with more chopped fresh Italian parsley.
- Note: The total cooking time will vary depending on how large your pan is. If you can only do 4 at a time like me, it can take as long as 24 minutes.
- The keys to success with this recipe is making sure the excess moisture is out of the carrots to begin with, forming tightly-packed fritters before pan-frying and not over-handling the fritters while cooking, so they don't break apart.
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Nutrition Information:Yield: 11 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 62Total Fat: 4gSaturated Fat: 2gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 1gCholesterol: 17mgSodium: 280mgCarbohydrates: 6gFiber: 2gSugar: 2gProtein: 2g
Please note that the Calculated Nutrition is an estimate at best.
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