Marinated Carrots

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Balsamic vinegar-marinated carrots are an easy side dish for your favorite pasta dinner.

Marinated Carrots

Makes: 4 servings

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  • 6 carrots, (12 ounces), cut into 1/4-inch-by-2-inch matchsticks
  • 4 cloves garlic, peeled and crushed
  • 1 tablespoon balsamic vinegar
  • 2 teaspoons extra-virgin olive oil
  • 2 teaspoons chopped fresh thyme, or 1/2 teaspoon dried
  • Pinch sugar
  • Salt & freshly ground pepper, to taste


  1. Place carrots and garlic in a small saucepan and cover with cold water. Bring to a boil over medium-high heat and boil for 30 seconds. (Alternatively, place carrots, garlic and 1/4 cup water in a 1-quart casserole; cover with lid or vented plastic wrap and microwave on High until crisp-tender, 5 to 7 minutes, stirring midway.)
  2. Immediately drain the carrots and garlic; transfer to a medium bowl. Add vinegar, oil, thyme and sugar and toss well. Let cool for 10 minutes, stirring occasionally. Discard the garlic and season with salt and pepper.


Per serving: 66 calories; 3 g fat (0 g sat, 2 g mono); 0 mg cholesterol; 11 g carbohydrates; 0 g added sugars; 1 g protein; 3 g fiber; 137 mg sodium; 310 mg potassium.

Nutrition Bonus: Vitamin A (308% daily value).

Carbohydrate Servings: 1

Exchanges: 2 vegetable, 1/2 fat

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