Glazed Carrots

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Years ago, my wife made an agreement with my children. She said that each year, they could choose one food that they didn’t have to eat. They had to try every food on their plate except for their “chosen food”. My son’s first “chosen food” was Paella, which he soon learned was a poor choice since we only make Paella once every couple years. For multiple years following, his chosen food was carrots, which I never understood. Kids love sugar, right? Carrots are practically candy bars that grow in the dirt. They have a distinct sweetness that makes them a great addition to soups, stews, salads, even carrot cake. I’m still working on my son to accept carrots as the culinary jewel they are. Glazed carrots are one way I am trying to convince him.

Glazed carrots utilize a powerful flavor combination: carrots, butter, maple syrup, and pecans.  The pecans give a pleasing flavor contrast, the syrup amplifies a carrot’s natural sweetness, and butter provides a layer of smoothness to the dish as a whole. Glazed carrots make a great accompaniment to many meals and are a simple way to make a healthy vegetable even more appealing. If you are cooking for someone who needs a little extra motivation to eat their vegetables, look no further than Glazed Carrots.

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    Glazed Carrots

    5 from 3 votes
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    Course: Side Dish/Vegetable
    Keyword: Carrots
    Prep Time: 5 minutes
    Cook Time: 12 minutes
    Servings: 4

    Ingredients

    • 6 large carrots, cut lengthwise (could be substituted for a small bag of baby carrots)
    • ¼ cup finely chopped pecans
    • 1 tablespoon butter
    • 3 tablespoons pure maple syrup
    • teaspoon salt

    Instructions

    • Take a medium sized saucepan and fill with ½ inch of water. Bring to a boil, add carrots and cover with lid. Cook for 10-12 minutes or until carrots are tender. Drain water and remove carrots.
    • Add butter, maple syrup, and salt to the drained and empty saucepan. While stirring constantly, bring to a boil. Once boiling, reduce heat to a simmer and add carrots. Cook until carrots are glazed and golden brown.
    • Using a blender, food processor, or knife, finely chop pecans. Sprinkle the glazed carrots with the pecans and serve immediately.
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    Easy To Chew Level 3

    Glazed carrots can easily be turned into a puree by putting the completed dish in a quality blender or food processor and blending until smooth. It will retain it’s complex flavor while requiring zero chewing! Add a little butter to help create a smooth texture.

    One medium sized carrot contains 203% of the recommended daily value of Vitamin A. Vitamin A plays a role in vision, maintenance of skin, immune defenses, and gene expression.

    A Vitamix blender can quickly break down pecans into dust and can turn these carrots into the smoothest puree money can buy. If you don’t have a Vitamix blender already, you should consider getting one. You will find that it is one of the most important tools you can own when making easy-to-chew meals.

    This makes the smoothest purees on planet earth!

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