Spiced Roasted Carrots & Fresh Herb Sauce.

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This dish celebrates the humble yet delicious & nutritious carrot! The warming, smoky spices included in this recipe compliment the natural earthy sweetness of the root vegetable. The olive oil and maple syrup support the roasting process, allowing the natural sugars of the vegetable to be released. Pairing the caramelized carrots with a bright, fresh herb sauce helps balance the dish! This herb sauce can be used in a variety of different preparations, served with grilled tofu/tempeh, or added to zucchini/veggie noodles as a lighter pesto for example.

Organic carrots always taste significantly better to me than chemically-treated / conventionally grown carrots. They are sweeter and have a more concentrated ‘carrot flavour’! Certainly, while it is optimal to purchase only organic food, this may not be realistic for everyone’s budget. That said, I recommending prioritizing carrots as one of the items you buy organic, as you certainly get more bang for your buck when it comes to taste. Scrub rather than peel your organic carrots, as most of the nutrients are in the skins of veggies & fruit! Carrots are a great source of Vitamin A, Vitamin C (potent antioxidants), Vitamin K, Vitamin B6, Potassium, and Manganese.

Ingredients:
– Organic carrots, scrubbed not peeled (to keep the nutrients in the skin!)
– Coriander seed, toasted then ground (using coffee grinder or mortar & pestle)
– Cumin seed, toasted then ground (using coffee grinder or mortar & pestle)
– Dried thyme
– Chili powder
– Sesame seeds
– Cracked black pepper
– Salt

1. Toss the carrots with a little olive oil and maple syrup, and sprinkle over the spices, coat the carrots well.

2. Roast on a baking sheet in the oven at 350 degree for 1.5 hours. Halfway through cooking, turn and toss carrots so they cook evenly.

Sauce ingredients:
– Fresh flatleaf parsley
– Fresh Thai Basil
– Fresh coriander
– Fresh lemon juice
– Olive oil
– Cracked black pepper
– Salt
– Water (add 1 tbsp or so to loosen sauce and help blend)

1. Add all the ingredients to a high powered blender and mix with a tbsp of water until smooth.

2. Taste & tweak the sauce! does it need a bit more salt? if its not thick enough, add a bit more olive oil! Does it have enough brightness? if not, add more lemon juice! It’s always important to taste your food as you go, especially when making sauces/dressings/marinades. As an advocate of Sensory Cooking, I encourage you to taste and adjust your food as you go. If you think it tastes good – it’s ready & balanced!

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