Roast carrot and pomegranate salad

Carrot Salad (1)

Spice roast carrot and coconut salad

Serves – 4 people

Prep Time – 30 minutes

Cooking Time – 20 minutes

Ingredients – Carrots

  • 1 packet of McCain Baby Carrots – cooked as per packet instructions
  • 3 tbs olive oil
  • 1 tsp ground cumin
  • 1 tsp sumac
  • 1 tsp raw sugar

Ingredients – Salad

  • 250g baby spinach
  • 1 small Spanish onion – halved and sliced
  • Seeds of 1 pomegranate
  • ½ cup of Bombay mix

Ingredients – dressing

  • 1/3 cup coconut milk
  • Zest of 1 lime
  • Salt and pepperCarrot Salad (2)

Method

  1. Preheat a fan forced oven to 180°C. Place McCain Baby Carrots, oil, cumin, sumac and sugar into a baking dish and toss to coat. Roast for 20 minutes or until carrots are golden.
  2. Combine the coconut cream and lime zest in a small mixing bowl. Taste and season with salt and pepper.
  3. Place baby spinach on a serving platter, top with Spanish onion, arrange roast McCain Baby Carrots on top, sprinkle with Bombay mix and top with pomegranate seeds.
  4. Drizzle dressing over the top of the salad and serve immediately.

Carrot Salad (4)

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Zucchini Slice

Zucchini Slice

Zucchini Slice is a family favourite – a quick bake classic that is packed full of hidden veggies and perfect for fussy eaters.

Ingredients

  • 3 zucchinis
  • 2 carrots
  • 6 eggs
  • 1/3 cup of milk
  • 1/3 cup of plain flour
  • 2/3 cup of grated tasty cheese
  • 1 tbs of garlic – crushed
  • 1 brown onion – finely diced
  • 200g of bacon – finely sliced
  • 1/2 tsp of ground oregano
  • 1/2 tsp of dried rosemary
  • 1 tsp of mixed Italian herbs
  • Salt and pepper – to taste
  • 1 large tomato – finely sliced
  • Mixed green leaves with balsamic dressing – to serve

Method

  1. Preheat oven to 170C and line a 30x10cm baking dish with baking paper.
  2. Grate the zucchini’s and carrots into a large mixing bowl and press with paper towel to remove all excess water.
  3. Add all other ingredients to the mixing bowl, reserving 1/3 cup of grated cheese and use a balloon whisk to mix – this will help to break up any clumps and remove lumps from the flour.
  4. Pour into lined baking dish, sprinkle the top with the remaining 1/3 cup of grated cheese and arrange slices of tomato on the top of the slice.
  5. Bake in the oven for 50 minutes or until set and the top is golden.
  6. Serve with mixed green leaves.

Enjoy!

Carrot Cake

Credit: Donna Hay

Carrot Cake’s would have to be one my favourite cakes – rich, moist and hell you’re eating carrot so it’s practically healthy! This recipe would have to be one of the nommiest I have come across from one of Australia’s kitchen queens – Donna Hay. Enojoy!

Ingredients

  • 1¼ cups (220g) brown sugar
  • ¾ cup (185ml) vegetable oil
  • 3 eggs
  • 1½ cups (225g) plain (all-purpose) flour
  • 1½ teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon bicarbonate of (baking) soda
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • ½ teaspoon ground ginger
  • 2½ cups grated carrot (about 5 carrots)
  • ½ cup (60g) chopped pecan nuts
  • ½ cup (80g) sultanas

Cream cheese frosting

  • 250g cream cheese, softened
  • ⅓ cup (110g) icing (confectioner’s) sugar, sifted
  • 1½ tablespoons lemon juice

Method

Preheat oven to 180°C (350°F). Place the sugar and oil in the bowl of an electric mixer and beat for 2–3 minutes. Add the eggs gradually and beat well. Sift the flour, baking powder, bicarbonate of soda, cinnamon and ginger over the sugar mixture. Add the carrot, pecans and sultanas and mix until just combined. Pour into a greased 22cm-round cake tin lined with non-stick baking paper and bake for 55–60 minutes or until cooked when tested with a skewer. Cool in tin.

For the cream cheese frosting, process the cream cheese in a food processor until smooth. Add the icing sugar and lemon juice and process until smooth. Spread frosting on the cooled cake. Serves 8.

Enjoy!

Source: http://www.donnahay.com.au/recipes/sweets/cakes/carrot-cake

Sweet Potato, Carrot, Leek and Pumpkin Soup

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With the morning hovering below zero in Young it has been hard to drag myself out of bed of a morning and when I manage to I am normally greeted by my over enthusiastic dog, coffee and peanut butter toast. While going through the usual morning procrastination about get out of my dressing gown, brushing my hair and plying my face with make-up the other morning. I decided it was simply imperative that I make a soup to greet me when I came home for lunch; and, boy am I glad I did.

Arriving home, the smell of delicious soup filled the air. I hurried over to my slow cooker, lifted the lid and knew I was in some kind of soup heaven. So, in summary I suggest that you make this soup for lunch or dinner. You can have everything in the slow cooker and ready to go in under five minutes – yes, I know, it’s crazy quick to prepare. And, if you leave it long enough everything will have collapsed so much that you don’t even need to blend it.

Ingredients

  • 1 sweet potato or yam for our friends from the U S of A
  • 2 large carrots
  • 1 large brown onion
  • 4 cloves of garlic
  • 1 leek, white part only
  • 1 cup of dried yellow split peas, rinsed
  • 1/2 a butternut pumpkin – I use butternuts as I find them to have a creamier more subtle flavour but feel free to use whichever variety you have on hand.
  • 2L chicken or vegetable stock – if you use the vegetable you’ll have a lovely vegan soup
  • 2 sprigs of rosemary
  • 2 tsp of mixed dried italian herbs
  • 2 tsp of dried ground oregano
  • 2 bay leaves
  • Salt and pepper to taste

Method

  1. Peel the pumpkin and sweet potato.
  2. Cut all vegetables and split peas into chunks and place in slow cooker.
  3. Add all spices and stock.
  4. Place slow cooker on HIGH if you would like the soup ready in around 3-4 hours or on LOW if you would like it ready in 5-6 hours or more.
  5. Cover and let cook!
  6. Uncover – remove rosemary stalks and bay leaves. Taste and add any additional seasoning needed.
  7. If you would like the soup to be free of chunks use a stick blender or blender to blend until smooth in batches.
  8. Serve in a bowl as is or with sour cream.

Tip: if you’d like to give this soup a twist add in a tin of Coconut Milk at the end, stir through and top with coriander leaves.

Enjoy!