Pomegranate Molasses-Glazed Carrots with Pistachios

I love to try new recipes for the holidays. I offered to bring a vegetable dish and a fruit dish for my families Thanksgiving dinner at my brother’s farm in Kansas. Check out this great recipe for a new twist with carrots which was a big hit.  I will be sharing the cranberry sauce recipe later this week which I loved. Both of these recipes would be great ‘healthy’ additions to your Christmas menu.

Makes: 8 servings, 1/2 cup each
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2 pounds carrots, peeled and diagonally sliced (1/4-inch)
1/2 cup water
2 tablespoons pomegranate molasses (see Tip)
2 tablespoons honey
2 tablespoons butter
1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/3 cup chopped salted pistachios
2 tablespoons snipped fresh chives
Combine carrots, water, pomegranate molasses, honey, butter, cinnamon and salt in a large skillet. Bring to a boil over medium-high heat. Cover and cook until the carrots are just tender, 6 to 8 minutes. Uncover and cook, stirring frequently, until the liquid is a syrupy glaze, 6 to 8 minutes more. Remove from heat and stir in pistachios and chives. Serve warm.  

Make Ahead Tip: Keep warm in a 225°F oven for up to 30 minutes.

Tip: Pomegranate molasses has a bright, tangy flavor. (Don’t confuse it with grenadine syrup, which contains little or no pomegranate juice.) Find it in Middle Eastern markets and some large supermarkets near the vinegar or molasses. To make your own: Simmer 4 cups pomegranate juice, uncovered, in a medium nonreactive saucepan over medium heat until thick enough to coat the back of a spoon, 45 to 50 minutes. (Do not let the syrup reduce too much or it will darken and become very sticky.) Makes about 1/2 cup. Refrigerate in an airtight container for up to 3 months.

Per serving: 119 calories; 5 g fat ( 2 g sat , 2 g mono ); 8 mg cholesterol; 17 g carbohydrates; 5 g added sugars; 2 g protein; 3 g fiber; 241 mg sodium; 381 mg potassium.