I started making this vibrant sesame carrot salad when I had leftover carrot scraps from prep of my vegan carrot hot dogs. When I made it for others, they often told me it deserved a starring role, not just something to be served as an afterthought. I totally agree! So, here’s the official (yummy!) recipe. And don’t worry, you don’t need to make the vegan carrot hot dogs first … unless, of course, you want to!
For veggies that are a meal highlight, rather than a side-dish afterthought, you’ll want to make this recipe for roasted carrots with spicy coriander avocado puree. It’s packed with savory and sweet tastes and full of color. And it’s simple enough to prepare on a weekday, but special enough to serve on a holiday table.
This tahini caesar-style salad with roasted carrot chips is so enjoyable, it has become my go-to plant-based salad when I want something special (and when I just want salad!). What makes it special? It skips the egg yolks, anchovies, and parmesan cheese of traditional Caesar and swaps it with loads of plant-based flavor from tahini, tamari, lemon zest, and more. And then it gets topped with roasted carrot chips for a pop of color. You can sprinkle on extras, like toasted pine nuts and carrot tops, for extra crunch, flavor, or overall intrigue, too.
One of the most memorable brownies I ever had was one that I enjoyed at Borough Market in London. But it’s one of those “special occasion” brownies since it’s super rich. With the Recipe Redux theme this moth of “Trimming the Table,” where a healthy holiday dessert was the request, I decided that I’d start with that special brownie recipe, then keep tweaking it until I created a “healthy” brownie that’s perfect for the holidays. I did it! The result still has just-right richness and fudginess from butter, eggs, and dark chocolate. But this version uses whole-wheat pastry flour, coconut sugar and … wait for it … carrots! I figured that folks like carrot cake, so why not go for...