Moroccan Spiced Carrot Salad (Paleo & Vegan)

Moroccan Carrot Salad is a quick recipe: only 4 real salad components, if you don’t count the spices that give it that Moroccan flare. Carrots, parsley, raisins, and lemon vinaigrette. Then, ground cumin, coriander, paprika, cayenne, and cinnamon pop in and dress it up. Thanks to those spices, this carrot salad really stands out. 

To my surprise, little baby carrot heads were popping out from the surface of our garden beds back in early March. They were from seeds planted last year, ones that didn’t sprout before the season ended. And somehow, they grew on through snow and frost and unpredictable Colorado spring weather... hardy little plants to say the least! I’m planning to xeriscape our front yard this year, and build brand new garden boxes, so I’ll likely have to wipe them out before they get fully grow, but maybe they’ll have enough time to grow into baby carrots before then. 

Carrots are a hardy after they’re picked, too: you can make this the day before, and then drizzle on the vinaigrette at the last minute. The carrots won’t get soggy in the fridge overnight. 

I use a food processor (affiliate link) with a shredding attachment to shred the carrots — I do not have the patience to do that by hand! 

This is the perfect side to Moroccan Beef Kabobs, or Lamb & Winter Squash Tagine.

Moroccan Spiced Carrot Salad

Published April 17, 2018 by
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Serves: 6   |    Total Time: 20 minutes



Ingredients:

  • 3 to 4 cups shredded carrots
  • 1/3 cup minced parsley
  • 1/3 cup raisins
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground coriander
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground paprika
  • 1/8 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 4 dashes ground cayenne
  • Juice from 2 lemons
  • 1 garlic clove
  • 1/3 cup extra virgin olive oil
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt

Directions:

  1. Place shredded carrots in a bowl with minced parsley and raisins. Add cumin coriander, paprika, cinnamon, and cayenne and toss.
  2. Make vinaigrette: Mince the garlic and add it to a jar with the lemon juice, olive oil, and salt. Shake to combine. (Makes enough dressing for 2-3 salads). Drizzle about 1/3 of vinaigrette over salad, or to taste. Toss and serve!

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Golden Potatoes

Golden Potatoes (Curry Roasted Potatoes)

There was a story I intended to tell you today, about a girl who seems to never be able to find the right bowl of porridge. No, this isn't about Goldy Locks, but it may as well be, for if I were her it would be all: "Too hot!" "Too cold!" "Not soft enough." 

As a creative soul, perfection isn't worth chasing... or rather, there is no room for it. I've never been a perfectionist. What is perfection, anyways? But in the kitchen lately I've been seeing flaw after flaw. Not because mistakes are more prevalent than usual, but because I've honed in on details that no one else would otherwise notice, leaving "great" in the dust and searching for "best ever," when in reality there is no "best ever" or "perfect" to be found (think of cookies: some like them chewy, some crispy, some nutty, some chocolatey, etc etc etc). This I know, yet it is hard not to push yourself to find "best ever." 

Golden Potatoes (Curry Roasted Potatoes)
Golden Potatoes (Curry Roasted Potatoes)

When I realized that this was happening, I knew I must write. Putting pen to paper--or in this case, finger to key- has always been therapeutic for me. Nonsense becomes understandable when it is written. Trapped feelings become weightless, released into paper form. And this perfection-seeking thing? I knew it had to go. But first, I had to understand it, or at the very least come to terms with it. 

Anyways, what is "best ever" when you are inventing something new? You get to decide. Right now, today, in this hour, best ever for me is this potatoes. Golden Potatoes, AKA Curry & Turmeric Roasted Potatoes. THEY ARE SERIOUSLY THE BOMB. If you love breakfast potatoes or home fries or spice blends or exotic twists, this one is for you. I hope you are nodding along. I think Goldy Locks might even like them (we haven't met, I'm just guessing. But it seems she'd be into anything Golden, given the name). 

Golden Potatoes (Curry Roasted Potatoes)

Golden Potatoes

Published June 1, 2017 by
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Potatoes are tossed with turmeric, ginger, and curry powder given them a golden glow and spicy bite.

Serves: 2-3   |    Total Time: 60 minutes



Ingredients:

  • 2 medium yukon gold potatoes (sweet potatoes will also work if you prefer) 
  • 2 cups cold water
  • 1 tablespoon oil (olive or avocado)
  • 1 teaspoon curry powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1/8 teaspoon turmeric
  • 1/8 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/16 teaspoon cayenne (or more to taste)

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 425°F, and line a baking sheet with parchment paper (or a Silicone Baking Mat).
  2. Wash potatoes, and dice them into 1/2-inch or 1-centimeter cubes. Place in a mixing bowl, and cover with cold water. Allow to sit for 5 minuntes. This step hepls the potatoes become crispy in the oven! After five minutes, drain the water from the potatoes and toss in oil.
  3. In a small bowl, combine spices and mix until well combined. Pour spice blend in with the potatoes, and toss until the potatoes are all coated.
  4. Spread potatoes out on prepared baking sheet in an even layer. Place in oven and bake for 40-50 minutes, until potatoes are tender through and crisping on the edges. Allow to cool 5 minutes and serve.

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Slow Cooker Beef & Potato Harissa Stew

Slow Cooker Beef & Potato Harissa Stew

You don't have to tell me twice that Harissa was like, so 2013/2014. My tastebuds just really don't care if the trend has passed: they have discovered spicy middle eastern flavors and are all about them. I've been going through a jar of this stuff per month and testing it out on eggplant, cauliflower, and stirred into sauces and soups. 

Slow Cooker Beef & Potato Harissa Stew
Slow Cooker Beef & Potato Harissa Stew

This Harissa Stew has been one of my favorites: earthy and satisfying but with an edgy kick. Plus, I can make it in my Instant Pot on the slow cooker setting, which almost always wins me over. I like to make enough that it can serve us for a few meals, so that I we have some delicious to take for lunches and dinner is a no-brainer the next night. We ate the leftovers while marathon watching Lord of the Rings on a snow day, which probably didn't hurt my stew eating experience. 

Slow Cooker Beef & Potato Harissa Stew

Slow Cooker Beef & Potato Harissa Stew

Paleo, Primal, Gluten-Free, Grain-Free    |       |    Print This Recipe

Spicy harissa adds a bold and exotic kick to this otherwise homey stew.

Serves: 8   |    Total Time:



Ingredients:

  • 1 pound beef chuck
  • 1 tablespoon coconut oil
  • 2 large carrots, diced
  • 1/2 large yellow onion, diced
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 stick celery, diced
  • 3-4 potatoes, diced (I used a mix of Hannah Sweet Potatoes and Red Potatoes)
  • 1 can diced tomatoes
  • 4 cups beef broth
  • 1/2 teaspoon paprika
  • 1/2 teaspoon turmeric
  • 1/4 teaspoon coriander
  • 1/2 teaspoon cumin
  • Salt & pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon cayenne
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 2 tablespoon harissa + more for serving
  • For garnish: Parsley
  • For yogurt topping: 1/2 cup yogurt + juice and zest of 1 a lemon

Directions:

  1. Heat coconut oil in the bottom of your Instant Pot on the “Sauté” setting. Once hot, place diced onion, celery, and minced garlic in pot. Cook until onion turns translucent. Add beef and brown on all sides.
  2. Once beef is browned, Add carrots, canned tomatoes, spices, a few dashes each of salt & pepper, and 2 tablespoons of harissa. Pour in broth, and stir everything together. Place lid on Instant Pot and turn to slow cooker setting. Cooker on low for 8-10 hours.
  3. Make lemon yogurt sauce by zesting and juicing lemon into small bowl and whisking with yogurt until smooth.
  4. Serve stew hot in bowls, and swirl in more harissa paste to taste (more if you like a lot of spice, less if you don’t). Top with a dollop of lemon yogurt sauce and a sprig of parsley.

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