Savory Carrots and Pineapple Side Dish

03/16/2020
Carrot recipe prepared with pineapple tidbits for a healthy dinner side dish.

Carrot Recipe

This easy carrot recipe blends fresh carrots and pineapple for a side dish that is easy to make, inexpensive, and delicious!  It is full of healthy vitamins that provide immune system and anti-inflammatory benefits.  Brighten your dinner table with its beautiful colors today and get a healthy dose of vitamins, too.   Try a fresh new carrot side dish recipe with pork tenderloin for a great dinner idea that everyone will love!

How to Prepare Dish

First wash and slice 1o medium carrots into 3 inch thin slices.  (If you want a shortcut, just use prepackaged baby carrots.)  Cook carrots in a pot of boiling water for about 10 minutes until they are soft.  Test for doneness with a fork to be sure they are slightly tender. Drain and set aside.

Drain liquid from can of pineapple (or you can use fresh pineapple tidbits or chunks) into a boiler.  Set pineapple aside.
Add orange juice, cornstarch, salt and cinnamon to the pineapple juice in the boiler. Mix well.
Cook over medium heat stirring constantly until smooth and thickened – about 5 to 7 minutes.
Add carrots and pineapple tidbits stirring constantly until heated all the way through.

Pour into casserole dish and serve immediately.

Serving Suggestions

  • Great family dinner idea for an easy carrot recipe. Dish goes will with chicken, turkey, pork, beef, or seafood.
  • Thanksgiving, Christmas, or Easter side dish
  • Potluck
  • Picnic

Other Ideas

Need another easy side dish?  Try our corn casserole!  Or how about some deviled eggs made in the instant pot?

FAQ

Are Carrots Healthy?

Carrots are a good source of several vitamins and minerals: biotin, potassium, and vitamins A (from beta carotene), K1 (phylloquinone), and B6.

Are Pineapples Healthy?

Fresh pineapple provides vitamin C, vitamin A, calcium,iron, thiamin, riboflavin, B-6, folate, pantothenic acid, magnesium, manganese, potassium, beta-carotene and other antioxidants. Fresh pineapple also contains bromelain which may have anti-inflammatory effects and other health benefits.

Can I Use Fresh Pineapple Instead of Canned In This Recipe?

Yes. Cut fresh pineapple into small chunks and use instead of canned pineapple chunks or tidbits.

Carrot recipe prepared with pineapple tidbits for a healthy dinner side dish.
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Savory Carrots and Pineapple Side Dish

This easy carrot recipe blends fresh carrots and pineapple for a side dish that is easy to make, inexpensive, and delicious!
Prep Time3 mins
Cook Time17 mins
Total Time20 mins
Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: American
Diet: Gluten Free, Low Lactose, Low Salt, Vegan, Vegetarian
Servings: 4
Calories: 250kcal
Cost: $5

Ingredients

  • 10 whole carrots (fresh, washed and peeled (shortcut – use prepackaged baby carrots).)
  • 1 20oz. can pineapple tidbits or chunks (or 2 1/2 cups fresh cut into small chunks) ((or 2 1/2 cups fresh cut into small chunks and 1/2 cup pineapple juice))
  • 4 tsp cornstarch
  • ½ tsp ground cinnamon
  • ½ cup brown sugar (can use 1/4 cup if you want it less sweet)
  • ¼ tsp salt (optional)
  • 1 cup orange juice
  • 3 cups water (for boiling carrots)

Instructions

  • Wash, peel and slice 10 medium fresh carrots into 3 inch thin slices (shortcut – use prepackaged baby carrots).
  • Place carrots in a boiler and cover with water.
  • Heat to boiling and boil 10 minutes until soft. Test by sticking a fork in the carrots. They should be slightly firm but you can get it on the fork easily.
  • Drain and set carrots aside in a bowl.
  • Drain liquid from can of pineapple tidbits or chunks into a boiler. (If using fresh pineapple, cut 2 1/2 cups into chunks. Add 1/2 cup of pineapple juice to boiler in place of canned pineapple juice.) Set pineapple aside
  • Add orange juice, cornstarch, brown sugar, salt and cinnamon to the pineapple juice in the boiler. Mix well.
  • Cook over medium heat stirring constantly until smooth and thickened – about 5 to 7 minutes.
  • Add carrots and pineapple tidbits stirring constantly until heated all the way through.
  • Pour into casserole dish and serve immediately.

Notes

Nutritional analysis is an estimate and can vary according to ingredients used.
Great family dinner idea for an easy carrot recipe. Dish goes will with chicken, turkey, pork, beef, or seafood.
Great Thanksgiving, Christmas or Easter side dish.
 

Nutrition

Serving: 0.25cup | Calories: 250kcal

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