This holiday season, try something new that won’t wreck your waistline (like sweet potato casserole can).  Carrots are not only high in beta-carotene (a nutrient needed for healthy eyes and skin), they’re also a decent source of fiber and are naturally sweet.  Ginger paste was used in this recipe, but ground ginger would give a similar taste and texture.

Don’t shun canned vegetables.  You can buy them unsalted or drain and rinse them to reduce the sodium content by about 30%.  Libby’s canned carrots make the perfect healthy side dish.  They offer great taste and texture and are convenient, affordable and nutritious.  You won’t be disappointed with this recipe!  To boost texture, add chopped pecans or walnuts.  This also adds mono-unsaturated fat, protein and fiber to the dish.  I received free products from Libby’s to develop this recipe.  For more ideas, check out www.getbacktothetablecom.

 Ingredients:

1 (14.5 oz. can) Libby’s carrot coins

2 Tbsp. butter

1 Tbsp. ginger paste

1 Tbsp. honey

½ tsp cinnamon

Pinch of salt

Directions:

In a medium pan, melt butter and add ginger and honey.  Stir to make a sauce.  Drain and rinse carrots and add to the ginger sauce.  Coat the carrots in sauce and heat on medium heat for ~5 minutes.  Sprinkle with cinnamon before serving.  Serve warm.

Makes 4 (1/2 cup) servings.  Nutrition facts per serving:  94 calories, 5.8 grams fat, 10.7 grams carbohydrate, 7.1 grams sugar, .7 grams protein, 1.5 grams fiber, 15 mg cholesterol, 79 mg sodium

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