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Honey Glazed Carrots

A close up image of honey glazed carrots.

This simple carrot dish is a staple in my home. Not only does my picky-eater husband (with Crohn’s disease) love these, but they’ve been a hit with dinner guests without inflammatory bowel diseases, as well. I love how quick and easy these carrots are to make, even if you’re a complete cooking newb!


Nutritional Benefits at a Glance

       Carrots are a good source of vitamins, minerals, fiber, and antioxidants

       Avocado oil is a healthy fat

       Lemon juice is high in vitamin C

       Honey can be easier to digest for those with gut-related autoimmune diseases

       Current nutrition research shows that black pepper may have powerful antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties

       Parsley is rich in vitamins and antioxidants

 

I like to use avocado oil not only because it’s a healthy fat, but because it has a high smoke point of 500°F. Oils that have a lower smoke-point like olive oil (smoke point of 350°F) turn rancid when cooked above a certain temperature, which has in turn been linked to cancer. Therefore, use olive oil for colder dishes like dressings. Canola oil has a smoke point of 400° and contains omega-3s but has been linked to inflammation if heavily consumed.


People with diabetes should be aware that even though honey is a natural sugar, it will still cause blood sugar levels to increase.

A close up image of honey glazed carrots.

Honey Glazed Carrots

Danielle Gaffen, MS, RDN
This simple carrot dish is a staple in my home. Not only does my picky-eater husband (with Crohn’s disease) love these, but they’ve been a hit with dinner guests without gut diseases, as well. I love how quick and easy these carrots are to make, even if you’re a complete cooking newb!
Prep Time 5 mins
Cook Time 15 mins
Total Time 20 mins
Course Side Dish
Servings 6 Servings

Ingredients
  

  • 1 lb baby carrots
  • 2 Tbsp high heat oil see above for why I like to use avocado oil
  • 2 Tbsp honey
  • 1 Tbsp lemon juice
  • black pepper to taste
  • 1 Tbsp parsley

Instructions
 

  • In a medium saucepan, bring water to a boil.
  • Add the carrots and cook until they are tender, about 5-6 minutes.
  • Drain the water from saucepan and return it to stove.
  • Add oil, honey, and lemon juice to the pot and turn your stove’s temperature to medium heat. (If you have a stove with numbered dials 1-9, I would pick a 5).
  • Cook until the glaze coats the carrots, usually about 5 minutes.
  • Season with pepper and garnish with parsley for color and an extra nutrient punch.
Keyword anti-inflammatory diet-friendly, Crohn's disease-friendly, SCD diet-friendly, ulcerative colitis-friendly, vegetarian-friendly