Whenever I skip a step in the kitchen, or do something just for convenience, I hear my mother's voice, "It's so much cheaper to just do it yourself and it only takes a minute." Well, I loved my mother very much, but I'm not sure that's always true. True or not, thanks to her scolding, buying a bag of shredded carrots feels like a luxury. And I put them in everything, all year long. Because they're good for me and healthy food should be easy.