Welch’s Grape Juice Glazed Carrot Tacos

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Disclosure: This post is sponsored by Welch’s. I was compensated for my time, but the recipe and opinions are my own. 

As I mentioned yesterday, today starts American Heart Month, otherwise known as every Dietitian’s second favorite month (next to National Nutrition Month in March, of course)! To start off heart month with a bang, I’m showcasing a recipe that uses a heart healthy ingredient– Concord grape juice. Since Concord grapes are a rather rare ingredient, here are 5 things you may not know about these little purple beauties:

  1. The Mighty Concord grape is boldly delicious and nutritious—delivering natural plant nutrients, known as polyphenols.
  2.  Concord grapes provide many of the same polyphenols (or plant nutrients) and heart-health benefits as red wine.
  3.  Concord grapes are harvested and in season during just a few short weeks each fall, plus they don’t travel well – so, it can be hard to find them fresh.
  4. Don’t fear if you can’t find Concord grapes! Nearly 20 years of research says that, thanks to the dark purple Concord grape, 100% Welch’s Grape Juice helps support a healthy heart.
  5. Welch’s 100% Grape Juice is THE way to get the delicious taste and health benefits of the one-of-a-kind Concord grape.

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I have to be honest, I’ve rarely seen Concord grapes in my grocery store. And since I wanted to include the mighty Concord’s heart healthy powers in this recipe, I decided to make my life easier and use Welch’s 100% Grape Juice instead. And I have to say, the sweet and tangy flavor of the grape juice made the perfect glaze for my carrot tacos.

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They were so good that I considered just eating the carrots alone, but alas, I like to provide you with a full meal. So, the amazingly delicious Welch’s 100% Grape Juice glazed carrots are combined with a limey mashed black bean and topped with feta, parsley and pumpkin seeds. The combination may sound odd, but I promise you it’s a winner that you will want to eat over and over again.

veggie taco with carrot

Makes 6-8 tacos (2 tacos per serving)

Ingredients:
1/4 cup olive oil
1/4 cup Welch’s 100% Grape Juice
2 tablespoons red wine vinegar
1/4 teaspoon fine sea salt
2 garlic cloves, minced
4 large carrots, washed and cut into 1/3’s (cut the really thick pieces in half)
1 cup black beans
Juice of 1 lime
1/4 teaspoon cumin
8 corn tortillas
1/4 cup feta cheese
2 tablespoons unsalted pumpkin seeds
1 tablespoon fresh parsley, chopped

Welch's Grape Juice Glazed Carrot Tacos

Directions:

  1. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees Fahrenheit.
  2. In a small bowl, whisk together the olive oil, Welch’s 100% Grape Juice, red wine vinegar, salt and garlic until the oil and vinegar combine.
  3. Place the chopped carrots in a large bowl and pour the grape juice mixture over them. Toss the carrots until they are thoroughly coated with the liquid.
  4. Place the carrots on a baking sheet and bake for 30 minutes or until you can easily stick a fork through the carrot. (Do not turn the oven off when the carrots are done- you will need it again.)veggie taco
  5. While the carrots are roasting, combine the black beans, lime juice and cumin in a bowl. Mash with a fork until they are slightly chunky.
  6. When the carrots are roasted, build the tacos. Spread the bean mixture onto the corn tortillas and top each with two pieces of carrot, 1 tablespoon of feta cheese and a few pumpkin seeds. Place in the oven for 3-5 more minutes or until the tortilla is warm. Sprinkle with parsley and enjoy!

 

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