Taste of Home Tuesday: Glazed Carrot Coins

Need a heart-healthy side dish this Valentine’s Day?  I recently tried (and loved) Taste of Home’s Contest-Winning Glazed Carrot Coins Recipe (below).  These tender, moist carrots are sure to bright a winter night while providing beta-carotene, which the body turns into vitamin A, and vitamin C.  I swapped butter for canola oil to add some healthful fats, and left out the salt. Frozen carrots made this dish super easy to prepare.  This was a keeper for sure.

 

Ingredients

2 tablespoons of butter or canola oil

2 tablespoons of brown sugar

2 tablespoons of orange juice

1/4 teaspoon of salt, optional

1/4 teaspoon of ground ginger

1/8 teaspoon ground cinnamon

6 medium carrots cut into 1/2 slices, or an equal amount of frozen carrots

In a small saucepan, melt butter over medium heat.  Stir in the brown sugar, orange juice, salt, ginger and cinnamon.  Add the carrots; cover, and cook for 20-25 minutes or until tender.  Makes 4 servings.

https://www.tasteofhome.com/recipes/contest-winning-glazed-carrot-coins/

I am sharing this as part of a blog hop with some of Taste of Home’s other volunteer field editors.  Please check out their sites and the recipes they are making this week at the links below.  I will draw a name at random (U.S. residents only, no purchase necessary) from those who share a comment for a chance to win a Taste of Home cookbook.  The winner will be announced Saturday, February 16, 2019.

Jolene: Jolene’s Recipe Journal/ Quick and Easy Chocolate Sauce/ https://jolenesrecipejournal.blogspot.com/2019/02/quick-easy-chocolate-sauce.html

Ellen: Ellen Folkman Family Around the Table | Glazed Cherry Cheese Danish | https://familyaroundthetable.com/2019/02/12/glazed-cherry-cheese-danish/

Courtney: Courtney Kitch Stultz  LPHJ Kitchen – Tuscan Portobello Stew – https://www.lphjkitchen.com/giveaway/021219toh/See More

AJ: A.j. Lively Chocolate Trifle /
https://www.facebook.com/groups/64926233658/scheduled/

 

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To Your Heart, with Love

Happy Heart Month!  It’s an especially good season to celebrate dark chocolate.  Research suggests, that, in moderation dark chocolate may lower rates of heart attacks, heart failure and death from heart disease and protect against atrial fibrillation. Not just any chocolate will do:  dark chocolate, with its heart-healthy flavonoids, is the winner here, particularly when it is served without added fat and sugar.  Read more in the journal Circulation, and for a creative recipe, check out Taste of Home’s Chocolate-Covered Pomegranate Seeds.  Try swapping your favorite unsalted nuts or seeds for a healthy, indulgent treat.

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Festive Fruit Snacks

We all love fruit and veggie trays as quick and healthy options during the holidays, so here’s a fun way to turn an otherwise boring presentation into an eye-catching arrangement.  Cut a large marshmallow into sixths, and thread a marshmallow bit followed by a raspberry and a green grape onto a small skewer so that the raspberry forms a Santa cap with a marshmallow “pom pom”; the grape is Santa’s face.  Or, thread a golden raisin onto a skewer for a “star” followed by alternating red and green grapes for a festive “tree.” Serve with a snowy vanilla yogurt dip for a treat that even the most grinchy of guests will enjoy.

Merry Elf and Festive Christmas Tree Fruit Snacks

Happy, Healthy Holidays!

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No tricks…just health(ier) treats

Looking for a few last minutes treats?  This year’s Halloween round-up includes brand new, allergy-friendly chocolates from Enjoy Life Foods.  For a last minute snack, try a fun twist on “candy” apples from Eating Well.  Sunflower butter and non-dairy chocolate chips keep them safe for classroom parties.  And, if trick-or-treating didn’t burn enough energy, Taste of Home shares just how many jumping jacks will be needed to spend Halloween candy calories.  Happy Halloween!

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Sizing Up Fruits and Veggies

Plates with pictures may help children select and eat more fruits and vegetables, according to new research with preschoolers.  A study of 325 children found a significant increase in vegetable consumption when a MyPlate plastic plate with pictures of foods in appropriately-sized compartments was used compared to traditional plates.  Perhaps this is an easy way to help kids visualize fruit and vegetable serving sizes as they fill their cafeteria plates this coming school year.

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Celebrate National Nutrition Month

Ready to celebrate healthy eating?  This year’s theme, “Go Further With Food,” is a great reminder of food’s important role as fuel for the body.  It’s also an opportunity to provide savvy shoppers with tips to stretch the weekly grocery budget in ways that avoid food waste.

In honor of the occasion, The Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics has posted tip sheets, games and handouts to share on their website.  Several of the top nutrition journals are celebrating, as well, and free, downloadable copies of recent nutrition articles are available online for a limited time.  And, ChooseMyPlate.gov has launched MyPlate, MyState, a teacher-oriented site to help classes, students and families find out which foods and flavors a state is known for and how they fit into a healthy eating plan.  Happy March!

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All in a Name

Keeping up with New Year’s resolutions to eat healthfully can be challenging, and by mid-January, some of those goals already feel impossible.  If vowing to eat more veggies was on your list but has proved to be difficult for your family, try changing names.  Recent research in the Journal of the American Medical Association found that when vegetables served in a university dining hall were described using indulgent words, such as “rich” or “caramelized,” students and staff were more likely to choose and consume them compared to those  that were labeled simply with the vegetable’s name or with words like “reduced sodium.”  So, the next time vegetables are on the menu, try a new name.  You might be surprised at the results.

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