Yes, these carrots are sticky, sweet (but not too sweet) and oh so good! As I was eating them, I kept saying to Walker, “these are the best carrots I’ve ever had in my life”. He was laughing at me because I must have said it 8 times. 

They are the perfect addition to your family Canadian Thanksgiving this weekend!

I got the inspo for these sticky carrots from none other than Jamie Oliver. Whenever I am lacking in inspiration I watch a Jamie Oliver video. Not unlike many of you I’m sure, he’s one of my biggest inspirations in the kitchen, aside from Ma McCarthy of course. I just really connect with his true love of real food and nature. I feel like I can smell and taste what he’s making. Is that weird?

It’s fair to say Jamie Oliver is my boy crush, but don’t worry Walker, not in that way! 

Recently, I picked up some carrots from my local health food store, The Sweet Potato, and thyme, because I don’t have any growing in my herb garden. 

Mmmm, just the smell of that thyme makes me want to cook these up again tonight! It was a nice switch to using this herb because I’ve been basil-obsessed since my balcony herb garden exploded from the heat and sun we’ve had in Toronto. However, there’s definitely a crisp feel in the air on my early morning walks with Vienna and Walker which made me crave these sticky carrots.

Now as I mentioned, it was Jamie Oliver’s classic recipe for Glazed Carrots that was the inspo behind my joyous recipe. I just changed up a few ingredients to make it joyously approved!

If you want to make this recipe vegan, you can use coconut oil or one of those vegan butters, but please oh please, avoid anything with soybean oil. It’s one of the most genetically modified crops on our planet. The processing of it is also gross because hexane, which is neurotoxic, is often used to extract the oil from the bean (double gross!) If you are going to use a vegan butter, just make sure it’s certified organic then you don’t have to worry about that stuff. But read on, because I would much rather you use ghee.

So you might be wondering why I used ghee?

I’m not anti-butter. In fact, I use butter in cooking from time to time, but I really love ghee because it’s the pure butter fat (aka clarified butter), it’s a non-allergenic food, meaning it’s great for those with dairy sensitivities who want to enjoy a buttery, creamy taste and you can bring it to a high heat when cooking. Ghee contains no dairy protein which is why it is totally okay to use in my latest book Joyous Detox.  Plus, it tastes delicious!!

Before we get to this recipe, take note of how wonderful carrots are for your health!

Here’s a couple of reasons why: 

Carrots keep your peepers healthy!

You likely already know that carrots are a great food to eat for eye health. But I recently did a genetic test that told me I have a pretty strong prediposition to developing macular degeneration so you can bet I eat lots of foods rich in carotenoids like lutein and zeaxanthin. These phytonutrients are great for your peepers and reduce the risk of eye degenerative diseases. 

Carrots support Bone Health

Research has shown that women who eat at least one serving a day of yellow and green veggies had healthier bone mass than those who ate less than one serving. Bone mass is important to think about in your 20’s and 30’s to maintain healthy bones as you age.

Of course you will have some vitamin and mineral loss from cooking these carrots, but I recommend you eat plenty of raw foods all throughout the year too, to get a variety of nutrients. 

These sticky carrots are the perfect addition to your Canadian Thanksgiving festivities this weekend!

Here’s the recipe!

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Serves 4 as a side.

I recently got some new pans, as you can see from this photo. I’m testing them out for book #3!!! I haven’t made an official announcement about this on the blog yet, but maybe you saw my instagram about it? This is from Staub – it’s super heavy duty and can go from stove top to oven. I love the versatility of it! But most importantly, I will probably have this when I’m 75 years old and still making delicious joyous meals! 🙂 

And before I go, I want to tell you how grateful I am that you’re reading this recipe post right now! I’ve been blogging since 2009 (earlier on another wordpress site) about my love and passion for wellness, a healthy lifestyle and yummy, nourishing food. The reason I continue to do this is because of you. So thanks for taking the time to read this, my joyous reader. I hope it nourishes you and your family 🙂

As always, tag me @joyoushealth #joyoushealth if you post it to your social channels like instagram because I love seeing what you guys create!

Happy Thanksgiving sweet friends!

Love the McJordans,

Joy, Walker and Vienna

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