Grilled Carrots with Feta Yogurt Sauce

Grilled Carrots with Feta Yogurt Sauce

Last year, its was the front yard; this year, it’s the back.

Our backyard. AKA Bind Weed Jungle. The Sloping Hill. The place I wish we spent time but we don’t really—unless we’re using the grill. This year, we’re setting out to change that, by dealing with that slope and the weeds covering it (seriously, they were hip-high last year). We’re adding a large retaining wall, planting native flowers, and maybe—if somehow we gain three extra weeks to our summer—adding space to actually “hang out.” Until that’s done though, the yard is still what it has been since we moved in: the grill spot.

But who said grilling has to be burgers, hotdogs, and chicken? I’ve been all about charred veggies lately, (carrots, but also cauliflower, and doesn’t this salad from Heart Beet Kitchen look killer?). Combining those hot grilled veggies with other textures and flavors to complete the picture is where it’s at (sauce, fresh herbs, crunchy nuts, etc). Try something new! Grill carrots. I dare you!

Grilled Carrots with Feta Yogurt Sauce
Grilled Carrots with Feta Yogurt Sauce

Grilled Carrots with Feta Yogurt Sauce

Published July 10, 2019 by
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Serves: 2   |    Active Time: 30 minutes



Ingredients:

  • 8-10 carrots, peeled
  • 2 tablespoons avocado or olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon honey
  • 2 cloves garlic
  • 4 sprigs thyme
  • Freshly cracked black pepper
  • 1/4 cup feta cheese crumbles
  • 1/4 cup plain Greek yogurt
  • 1 teaspoon lemon juice
  • 1 tablespoon minced fresh chives
  • 1 teaspoon fresh oregano, minced
  • 2 tablespoons toasted slivered almonds
  • 2 tablespoons raisins
  • 2 tablespoons minced parsley
  • Sprinkle of ground sumac
  • Optional: sprinkle of red chili flakes or Aleppo pepper flakes 

  • Directions:

    1. Light grill and set to medium flame. Close lid to allow grill to heat.
    2. Meanwhile, prep carrots: if carrots are thick, cut in half the long way. They should be 1/4 to 1/2 inch thick. Peel, and place carrots in bowl, and drizzle with oil and honey.
    3. Mince garlic, and remove thyme leaves from stems. Add garlic, thyme leaves, and a sprinkle of black pepper to carrots and toss to combine. Place carrots in a grill basket or directly on the grill (just be careful to keep them from falling through the cracks!), and close grill lid. Grill for a total of 20 minutes, turning after 10 minutes. Carrots are done when they are softened through and are charred in spots. (Note: if carrots are charring too quickly, your grill may be too hot; turn down the flame).
    4. Meanwhile, make the sauce: combine feta, yogurt, lemon juice, chives, and oregano in a small bowl and stir.
    5. Assemble: Spread feta sauce in a generous layer on a plate. Arrange carrots over top. Sprinkle with almonds, raisins, parsley, sumac, and chili flakes. Serve warm.

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    Carrot Cake Baked Oatmeal

    Carrot Cake Baked Oatmeal

    First, the elephant in the room: the site got a redesign! Why? Mostly, I wanted to add a “home page” to Foraged Dish that had all the most useful stuff — newest recipes, most popular recipes, videos, etc - in one spot. Check it out by clicking “home” in the top left hand corner of the page. Hoping this new site is more user-friendly and makes it easy to find everything you’re looking for!

    Now, for the recipe and post:

    When I first discovered baked oatmeal, I was in college and was immediately excited about the dish. An oatmeal that I actually liked!

    I wasn’t a big breakfast eater back then, and definitely have never liked porridges. But here it is: baked oatmeal. The oat dish I had been waiting for. It comes out of oven crispy on top and cream in the middle.

    One weekend, I went home to my mom’s house and told her about my discovery. I was explaining it to her, and she said, “Sounds a bit like cake. “

    I furrowed my brow. Cake? I mean sure, it has some similar ingredients. But it is “better for me.” Right? In truth, that version of baked oatmeal was a lot like cake. I think it called for both sugar and flour. But, it also taught me that I can like oatmeal. Baked, it became something that I enjoyed.

    Carrot Cake Baked Oatmeal
    Carrot Cake Baked Oatmeal

    I still make baked oatmeal every now and again, adding in seasonal fruits and nuts (like this cinnamon berry pecan baked oatmeal). These days, the main difference is that I sweeten it with maple syrup, honey, or fruit, and use whole ingredients. And while it is a pretty carb-heavy dish, I find that rolled oats do keep me full through the morning until lunch. The other main advantage? One batch lasts us the better half of a week, so breakfast is squared away in the morning for a few days. (By the way, this makes the dish perfect for those times when you are trying to eat really well — when something is already in your fridge, it’s way easier to make the right choice!)

    With this recipe, I’ve taken the idea of a cake and folded it in: carrot cake baked oatmeal. (Carrot cake — definitely a cake. But it calls for vegetable!) Along with rolled oats, you fold in carrots, raisins, coconut, fresh ginger and even walnuts (I love the crunch these add. If you do not like walnuts, try pecans). All of those together combined to make a pretty hearty oatmeal — one that’s not really cake, but you can imagine it is, while knowing you’re eating something much more nourishing!

    Carrot Cake Baked Oatmeal

    Carrot Cake Baked Oatmeal

    Published January 3, 2018 by
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    Serves: 8   |    Active Time: 50 minutes



    Ingredients:

  • 2 cup rolled oats
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1-1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/2 cup shredded desiccated coconut + 2 tablespoons for topping
  • 1 egg
  • 1/4 cup honey
  • 3 tablespoons butter, melted and cooled
  • 1 teaspoon freshly grated ginger
  • 1 cup milk
  • 1 cup whole milk yogurt
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1 cup shredded carrot
  • 1/2 cup raisins
  • 1/2 cup chopped walnuts + 2 tablespoons for topping

  • Directions:

    1. Preheat oven to 375°F and grease a 9x9 inch baking dish.
    2. In a medium mixing bowl, combine rolled oats, baking powder, salt, cinnamon, and 1/2 cup coconut.
    3. Add egg, honey/maple syrup, melted butter, freshly grated ginger, milk, yogurt, and vanilla. Stir until everything is incorporated.
    4. Fold in shredded carrot, raisins, and 1/2 cup chopped walnuts.
    5. Spread mixture in an even layer in the baking dish. Sprinkle with remaining 2 tablespoons coconut and chopped walnuts.
    6. Bake for 35-40 minutes, until edges of oatmeal begin to brown. Remove from oven and allow to cool 10 minutes. Serve warm.

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    5-Ingredient Chicken Salad

    5-Ingredient Chicken Salad

    A LOT of time in my day is dedicated to food: I carve out time in the morning to make breakfast and we almost always make dinner after going to the gym in the evening... not to mention all of the moments in between! Made in Nature asked me to write a post on their blog showing everyone what a day in the life of me is like, and this is one thing I realized. Food = life. Read all about it on their site later today, here

    A lot of the recipes on Foraged Dish have quite the ingredient list, which isn't always approachable for lunch on a weekday, so this recipe is an example of a lunch that is quick and easy to make any old day of the week, or even the night before! I'm a big fan of leftovers for lunch, but sometimes I just don't have any, so this simple salad is one way to a glorious desk lunch. 

    5-Ingredient Chicken Salad

    So this chicken salad: YES, it has only 5-ingredients (ok, it's six if you count salt & pepper, but do those even count?):

    • Chicken (duh!)
    • Pecans for a nutty crunch
    • Raisins add a touch of sweetness and a bit of chew--I used the Made in Nature Raisins, which have no added sugar (or anything, they are just raisins!) 
    • Celery keeps everything bright and fresh
    • Yogurt brings it all together. You can use mayo in place of the yogurt if you prefer, too.

    This is about convenience, so use what you have. If you have mustard in the house, add a tablespoon! It adds just a bit more flavor and sauciness which I do not oppose. But for the sake of keeping this recipe easy and short, don't worry about mustard if you can't find it or you feel too lazy.

    5-Ingredient Chicken Salad

    Because I am always (always) sneaking veggies onto my plate, I serve it all over a bed of greens. In this case, it's baby spinach but you could use arugula, lettuce, or a blend. You pick! 

    This recipe is below, but I'm also sharing a Mango Coconut Chia Parfait that is seriously amazing over on the Made in Nature blog later today, that you should probably go check out, too

    5-Ingredient Chicken Salad

    Made in Nature provided me with product and compensation to make a recipe with their product, but this is a recipe I make all the time already. Opinions are all my own. Working with brands to develop wholesome recipes is one way I keep Foraged Dish going! Made in Nature helps me stock the pantry and keep the blog going. I only work with brands that I truly enjoy and use. This post may contain affiliate links.

    5-Ingredient Chicken Salad

    Published May 16, 2017 by
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    5-Ingredients and so easy you can make it in the morning before work, or in a big batch the night before.

    Serves: 3   |    Total Time: 10 minutes



    Ingredients:

    • 2 cups cubed chicken breast (cooked)
    • 1/2 cup chopped celery (bite sized pieces)
    • 1/4 cup plain whole-milk yogurt or mayo 
    • 1/4 cup raisins with no added sugar
    • 1/4 cup toasted pecan pieces 
    • Salt & Pepper

    Directions:

    1. Combine all ingredients in a bowl and mix until even is well distributed. Chill in fridge and serve over a bed of greens.

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