While I can make a decent vinaigrette and a passable tahini dressing, I haven’t strayed far from the standards as far as gussy-ing up salads. This, it turns out, has been an error of omission. We eat some form of salad nearly every night, so branching out to new tastes was long overdue.
This dressing comes from one of my new favorite cookbooks, Thug Kitchen. And, as usual with the Thugs, it is simple, plant-based and is entertaining. It also is really quite tasty – who knew roasted carrots made such a great dressing?!
- 3 medium carrots
- 1 tsp olive oil
- 1/4 tsp ground cumin
- Pinch of salt
- 1/3 cup white wine vinegar (also suggested: rice wine vinegar)
- 1/4 cup water
- 2 TBSP orange juice
- 2 TBSP olive oil
- Heat up your oven to 357 degrees F. Chop up your carrots into chunks no bigger than 1/2 inch. Toss them together with the oil, cumin, and salt. Roast them in a small pan, covered until the carrots are tender, 30 to 40 minutes.
- Let the carrots cool for a minute then add them to a food processor with the rest of your $***. Blend it until it’s smooth. This could take as long as 3 minutes.
Adapted from Glowing Fridge Green Goddess Glow Bowl.
I recently discovered a great resource for vegan and plant-based eating, The Glowing Fridge. Shannon, the author of this site, has lots of great ideas – including recipes – for anyone making the change to a plant-based diet. One of the series of recipes Shannon has developed, the Glow Bowls, are variations on bowls of grains and veggies that can lead to endless variations. After trying the Green Goddess Glow Bowl, I know I’m inspired to include more plant-based cooking in the coming year.
Since I usually have the Kripalu House Dressing (or variation thereof) on hand in my fridge, next time around I’ll probably use that in place of the dressing recipe* cited. This is just my personal preference for a bit of cayenne and chile powder.
- 1 cup quinoa, uncooked
- 2 cups water or vegetable broth
- 1/4 cup vegetable broth (or 1 TBSP coconut oil – which is what I used)
- 1/3 of an onion chopped
- 1 clove garlic minced
- 1 cup edamame, frozen (take out of the pod if you bought edamame pods)
- 1 zucchini, chopped (true confession: I walked out of the food store without the zucchini so I used more kale here)
- 2 cups kale, de-stemmed
- salt and pepper to taste
For the dressing*:
- 1/4 cup tahini
- 1/4 cup fresh lemon juice (about 1 lemon)
- 1 TBSP maple syrup or agave nectar
- sea salt, to taste
- In a medium sized pot, add quinoa and water and bring to a boil. Reduce heat to simmer and cover for 15 minutes or until water is absorbed.
- In a separate pan, heat the vegetable broth (here I used coconut oil instead) and saute the onions and garlic for 2 minutes. Add the frozen edamame and zucchini. Cook for about 5 minutes. Add the kale last and cook about 1 minute or until softened (this took longer for me – and I needed to cover the pan). Season with salt and pepper to taste. Turn off heat.
- Prepare the dressing in a small bowl by adding all of the ingredients and whisking until smooth. I found I needed to add a small amount of water to loosen the tahini.
- Scoop the quinoa into a bowl, top with the vegetable mixture and drizzle on the dressing.
Recipe created by Gena Hamshaw and included in ThePurpleCarrot.com
This recipe was the first entree I’ve made from our Purple Carrot shipment. Of course I waited until one of the steamiest New England summer nights to stand over a stove stirring risotto for 45 minutes, but honestly, it was worth it. The ingredients in this recipe included
- arborio rice
- white wine
- vegetable stock
- nutritional yeast
- fresh thyme
After prepping the produce, the asparagus was blanched and the onion, shallot, and garlic sauteed in a bit of olive oil (not included in the shipment). Next the lemon juice and zest and white wine were added along with the rice. Vegetable stock was added in half cup increments until all had been absorbed into the rice. To finish the dish, the nutritional yeast was added and finally the asparagus. Notice – no cheese makes this vegan.
This recipe made four good-sized servings of risotto, meaning we had enough for leftovers later. Check out both Gena Hamshaw’s website and The Purple Carrot site for details.