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Snap Peas and Baby Carrots in Carrot "Butter"

To ensure that the "buttery" sauce in this dish doesn't get watered down, dry the vegetables well after steaming. A high-grade, unrefined corn oil is a worthy investment for this recipe as it gives the "butter" a rich flavor. This recipe is a fantastic side dish or works well tossed with pasta too!



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2 tsp. corn oil or canola oil
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½ cup finely chopped onion
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½ cup low-sodium vegetable broth
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2 tsp. cornstarch
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2 Tbs. carrot puree or baby food
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8 oz. baby carrots, cut into 3-inch pieces (2 cups)
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3 cups sugar snap peas, trimmed


1. Heat oil in saucepan over medium-low heat. Add onion, and sauté 5 minutes, or until soft. Whisk together broth and cornstarch in bowl. Add to onion, and bring to a simmer. Whisk in carrot purée, and season with salt and pepper. Heat sauce until just warm.

2. Steam carrots 1 minute in steamer basket. Add sugar snap peas, and steam 3 minutes more, or until both carrots and peas are crisp-tender. Transfer to clean kitchen towel, and blot extra moisture. Toss vegetables with sauce.

Nutrition Information: 

2 g
Total Fat: 
2.5 g
Saturated Fat: 
0.5 g
13 g
71 mg
4 g
6 g
Serves 4

Comments on this Recipe

Not bad, but, not very saucey!

I accidentally used 4 oz. of baby food here instead of 2 Tbsp... don't ask me how I made that mistake... I also didn't have stock on hand, so I used bouillon, but in a double ratio to add more flavor, since there wasn't a lot going into the sauce in the way of seasonings. Prepared in this way, this was really, really yummy... but I could see that, if there were less baby food (i.e. the amount called for) there might not have been enough sauce. Also, the carrots took much longer to steam for me than the peas-- so you might want to wait a little longer before adding the peas. Next time I'll double the sauce and toss it with pasta like in the picture. This was very different than a lot of the veggies we tend to prepare, and it was a really nice and tasty change of pace.

Is it me or does it look like there is pasta in this thing??

I was thinking the same thing.