Carrots and Figs

What an elegant side dish, not to mention tasty, colorful and healthful!

  • Prep Time 20 min
  • Total Time 41 min
  • Servings 0

Ingredients

1/4
cup slivered almonds
4
teaspoons sugar
1/2
teaspoon grated orange peel
1
pound carrots, cut into 1/4-inch slices (6 to 7 medium)
1/2
cup dried figs, cut into fourths
1
tablespoon butter or margarine, softened
  • 1 Cook almonds, sugar and orange peel in 8-inch skillet over low heat about 10 minutes, stirring constantly, until sugar is melted and almonds are coated; cool. Break almonds apart; set aside.
  • 2 Place steamer basket in 1/2 inch water in saucepan (water should not touch bottom of basket). Place carrots in basket. Cover tightly and heat to boiling; reduce heat. Steam 9 to 11 minutes or until tender, adding figs during last 2 minutes. Toss carrots and figs with almonds and butter.

Expert Tips

Figs are a nutritional bonanza! Four figs provide 5 grams of dietary fiber. One-half cup of figs provides as much calcium as 1/2 cup of milk.

Just grate the orange part of the peel to avoid bitterness, which happens if the white part (pith) is included.

Nutrition Information

NUTRITION INFORMATION PER SERVING

Serving Size: 1 Serving
Calories
175
(
Calories from Fat
65 ),
% Daily Value
Total Fat
7 g
7 %
(Saturated Fat
2 g,
2 %
),
Cholesterol
10 mg
10 %;
Sodium
55 mg
55 %;
Total Carbohydrate
32 g
32 %
(Dietary Fiber
7 g
7 %
),
Protein
3 g
3 %
;
% Daily Value*:
Vitamin A
100%;
Vitamin C
8%;
Calcium
8%;
Iron
8%;
Exchanges:
1 Fruit; 3 Vegetable; 1 Fat;
*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.