This recipe is an example of taking a good thing and making it better (but not healthier). Carrots taste great raw or cooked (steamed, roasted…), but sometimes they could use some extra flavoring. Enter orange juice. And brown sugar. And butter.
Like I said, it’s not making these things healthier, but one bite of this side dish and you’ll understand why sometimes carrots need to be in this glaze. I bet your picky veggie eaters are going to like this one.
You will be getting some health benefits from the carrots, which are only 41 calories per 100 gram and have a negligible amount of fat (so it kinda balances that butter).
We grew up being told how they help our eye sight (big fat lie, if you’ve seen my prescription glasses). But they are a rich source of carotenes and vitamin-A, which help protect from skin, lung and oral cavity cancers. Beta carotene is one of the powerful natural anti-oxidant helps protect body from harmful fee radical injury. (according to Power Your Diet)
Other health benefits from the vitamins antioxidants and minerals found in carrots include: help with vision, reproduction (sperm production), maintenance of epithelial integrity, growth and development (courtesy vitamin A); and maintenance of healthy connective tissue, teeth and gum, and help in the fight against cancers (courtesy vitamin C).
You’ll also get a good amount of folic acid, vitamin B-6 (pyridoxine), thiamin, pantothenic acid, copper, calcium, potassium, manganese and phosphorus from carrots.
I found this recipe on allrecipes.com when I was looking for something to spice up a bag of baby carrots. It’s comfort food, through and through. And it’s easy to make.
Orange Glazed Carrots
1 pound baby carrots
1/4 cup orange juice
3 tablespoons brown sugar
2 tablespoons butter
1 pinch salt
Place carrots in a shallow saucepan, and cover with water. Boil until tender. Drain, and return carrots to pan.
Pour orange juice over carrots, and mix well. Simmer over medium heat for about 5 minutes. Stir in brown sugar, butter, and salt. Heat until butter and sugar melt.