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Creamy Carrot Spread

Carrot Spread

Whether you’re planning a picnic, a road trip, or just want a more interesting spread for your breakfast breads or lunchtime sandwiches, you can’t go far  wrong with this creamy carrot spread with its hints of orange, cinnamon, and ginger.

Carrot Spread
 
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Recipe type: Dips & Spreads
Cuisine: Eclectic
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Carrot spread can be a delightful replacement for cream cheese on morning bagels, toast, or even muffins. It also is a lovely dip served with toast points, crackers, or crudités, and it makes an interesting condiment for sandwiches.
Ingredients
  • 3 large carrots
  • 4 oz Neufchâtel cheese
  • 1 Tsp orange juice
  • ½ tsp. cinnamon
  • ½ tsp ground ginger
  • 1 tsp. orange zest
Instructions
  1. Puree carrots
  2. Blend ingredients together in a bowl
  3. Chill for 1 hour before serving
Notes
If Neufchâtel is problematical for you to purchase, you can substitute cream cheese. For a slightly sweeter version you can substitute mascarpone cheese instead.

And yes, not only does carrot spread taste awesome, Neufchâtel has approximately 33% less fat than cream cheese. Tasty and healthy, what’s not to love?

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parsnips and beets

Roasted Parsnips & Beets With Feta & Herbs

Roasted Parsnips & Beets With Feta & Herbs
 
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Recipe type: Side Dish
Cuisine: Eclectic
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Ingredients
  • 3 Beets
  • 3 Parsnips
  • Feta Cheese
  • 1 tsp chopped fresh basil
  • 1 tsp chopped fresh oregano
  • 1 tsp chopped fresh thyme
  • 2 oz feta cheese, crumbled
  • 3 Tsp olive oil
  • 1 tsp salt
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees
  2. Coarsely chop beets and parsnips
  3. Salt lightly
  4. Cook for 45 minutes or until tender
  5. Heat oil in pan
  6. Add basil, oregano, and thyme and turn off heat
  7. Place the roasted parsnip and beets in a dish, toss the feta on top, drizzle the oil over the whole thing, and top with the wilted herbs

 

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beets and feta

Herbed Beets With Feta

Roasted beets with herbs and feta cheese make a wonderful vegetable side dish for many meals. Try the recipe sometime when you encounter fresh beets at the market.

Herbed Beets With Feta
 
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Recipe type: Sidedish
Cuisine: Mediterranean
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This is a very elegant, and elegantly simple to craft, warm vegetable side dish to serve. The combination of herbs, beets, and feta cheese make a rich and complex palate of flavors.
Ingredients
  • 6 beets (approx 1.5 lb)
  • 1½ tsp chopped fresh thyme
  • 1½ tsp chopped fresh chives
  • 3 Tbsp extra-virgin olive oil
  • 2 oz feta cheese, crumbled
  • Ground black pepper to taste
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
  2. In a small bowl mix together the thyme, chives, and olive oil, reserve
  3. Peel beets under running water and wrap them individually in foil
  4. Roast beets in oven until tender when pierced with a fork, approx. 1 hour
  5. Remove beets from oven, unwrap, and quarter them
  6. Place beets in serving bowl and drizzle them with herb and oil mixture
  7. Add crumbled feta cheese and pepper
Notes
Beets come in a variety of colors, all of which have very similar flavors. Try mixing different colors for a more interesting presentation. The beets can be roasted the night before and stored (in separate containers by color) if desired and reheated before adding herbed oil and feta cheese.

I particularly like this served with roasted lamb or medallions of beef tenderloin, but it pairs wonderfully with a variety of main dishes.

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