The theme for this South Arm Cooking Club for Seniors is carrot. The senior garden has yield a good harvest of carrots. All thanks to the volunteers who mind the garden all summer long. One of the volunteer is Frank who keeps a healthy lifestyle at his golden years.
Health benefits of carrots:
- an excellent source of beta carotene, the precursor of vitamin A
- a good source of dietary fiber and potassium
- help prevent night blindness, an inability of the eyes to adjust to dim lighting or darkness caused by deficiency of Vitamin A. Vitamin A combines with therotein opsin in the retina’s rod cell to form rhodopsin, which is needed for night vision.
- may help to lower blood cholesterol lever
- protect against caner
- excessive intake can give skin a yellowish tinge
Marian prepared a couple of recipes which the main ingredient is carrot. A carrot soup and a carrot loaf. The Carrot and Red Lentil Soup is sweet and laden with fiber. It can be served creamy or chunky according to your preference. Most of the participants preferred a creamy carrot soup except for Marcel. So, for Marcel’s sake, we blended half of the soup to make creamy soup and added the remaining half of chunky soup for texture.
- 8 medium size carrots, peel and coarsely chopped
- 1 medium onion, chopped
- 1 tablespoon unsalted butter
- 1/2 cup split red lentil
- 5 cups water or chicken stock
- 1 teaspoon ground coriander
- 3 tablespoons fresh chopped parsley
- fresh cilantro for garnishing (optional)
- plain yogurt
- salt and pepper to taste
Source: this recipe is adapted from the International Bestseller ‘Staying Alive’ via Marian