Roxanne Moore: Hi! I am Roxanne Moore with Sodexo and with me is Tyler and today we are going to be using orange fruits and vegetables in recipes. So Tyler, do you have an idea why we are focused on the color orange? Tyler: Yes, the more deep and rich the color of the fruit and vegetable, greater chance that the food element is packed with nutrients. Roxanne Moore: Absolutely correct! When we are using colorful fruits and vegetables like oranges and sweet potatoes and even carrots, they are really rich and powerful nutrients. For example, these orange fruits and vegetables contains beta-carotene which is a part of vitamin A and thats why they always tell you to eat some carrots because they are good for your eyes. So whats the first recipe we will be making today?
Tyler: We will be making an easy and gluten free orange fruit salad and then a orange glazed carrots. To start the fruit salad combine the cottage cheese, cool whip then stir in the drained fruit cocktail, pineapple, peaches, mandarin oranges, sliced bananas and jello-o-crystals. After chilling the salad you simply spoon the mix into individual dessert cups. Roxanne Moore: Wow! This is so easy that there is really no excuse not to include fruits in your diet. So how do we make the orange glazed carrots? Tyler: This is another recipe that makes it so easy to get the nutrition you need to be healthy. This low calorie carrot recipe contains about half of vitamin C and about 380% of your vitamin A you need for one day. Roxanne Moore: Well, I would say thats a pretty powerful veggie dish worth trying, lets get it cooking.
Tyler: To start, fill a large pan half full with water and bring it to a boil.
Roxanne Moore: Its best for an adult to handle a hot stove. Now heat one cup orange juice until the liquid thickens and reduced to about one half its original volume. Tyler: Once the water is blowing add one pound of either fresh sliced carrots or diced frozen carrots; cook them until they are slightly soft but still a bit crunchy about 7-10 minutes. Then drain the carrots in a colander and rinse under cold water. Finally in a medium bowl add carrots, one quarter teaspoon salt, one half teaspoon of dried basil, a pinch of black pepper and the orange juice sauce; toss until the carrots are fully coated, then you can taste it and adjust seasonings as needed. And there you have a healthy carrot dish. Roxanne Moore: Everyday you should include fruits and vegetables in your diet. We encourage you to also try these recipes with your meals at home.