Caramelized Carrots and Orange Squash

This is a variation of Tzimmes – a sweetened, baked or stewed dish made with fruits and vegetables, sometimes made with beef. Tzimmes is a traditional dish served during Rosh Hashanah, the Jewish New Year holiday. It is one of the sweet foods that symbolizes hopes for a sweet new year. Our version was developed by registered dietitian Pnina Mohr who teamed up with AICR to offer healthier Rosh Hashanah dishes.

This beautiful dish adds deep autumn color to your meal, a perfect fit for anyone's cancer-fighting New American Plate.

Caramelized Carrots and Orange Squash

  • 1/2 cup raisins
  • 2/3 cup apple juice
  • 2 lbs. carrots, peeled and sliced diagonally, 1/4-inch pieces
  • 1 small butternut squash, peeled, and cubed, 1/2-inch cubes
  • 1 small acorn squash (about 1 lb), seeds removed, peeled, cubed, 1/2-inch cubes
  • 3 Tbsp. light olive oil
  • 2½ Tbsp. date syrup/honey (or dark honey)
  • 1/2 tsp. ground cinnamon
  • Sea salt and coarsely ground black pepper, to taste
  • 1/2 cup apricot halves cut into small pieces

Preheat oven to 400 degrees F.

Soak raisins in apple juice.

Line large baking sheet with two sheets of parchment paper.

In large bowl, mix vegetables, oil, syrup, cinnamon and add salt and pepper to taste. Spread mixture on baking pan.

Bake until carrots (the longest to bake) are just soft then add raisins and apricots. Bake about 10 minutes longer, until carrots are soft enough for fork to prick through. Serve immediately or, if refrigerating for several hours or more, pour 1/3 cup apple juice over vegetables to keep moist before reheating.

Makes 10 servings.

Per serving: 188 calories, 4 g total fat (<1g saturated fat), 39 g carbohydrate,
3 g protein, 6 g dietary fiber, 70 mg sodium.

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