Gina’s Coconut Roasted Carrot Salad

Roasted Carrot Salad from www.healthygreenkitchen.com

Over the past few months, I’ve been able to have lunch a few times with my new buddy Gina of the fabulous blog Running to the Kitchen. I am very lucky Gina lives near me, and that she generously offered to guest post for me while I am away. Please welcome her and this gorgeous Coconut Roasted Carrot Salad to Healthy Green Kitchen!

Gina's Carrot Salad at www.healthygreenkitchen.com

This is a post I’m writing for Winnie with clenched teeth and a bit of a sneer on my face. Jealous doesn’t even do justice for how I feel about her little rendezvous in Peru right now. After reading the book “Three Weeks with My Brother” by Nicholas Sparks (the only one in his collection worth actually reading) where he and, well, his brother (shocker) travel around the world including Peru, I’ve had this fierce desire to hike every square inch of Machu Picchu. I tried to finagle my way into her suitcase with the bribe of my (almost 10 yr. old) Spanish degree but somehow it didn’t work. My verb conjugation isn’t what it used to be. So I’ll just curse her under my breath, live vicariously through her until my time comes and talk about carrot salad with you guys instead. Deal?

Roasted Carrot Salad from www.healthygreenkitchen.com

This is actually a salad I made exactly 2.5 weeks into my blog “career” (it’s totally not my career, but what else do you call it?). It’s a delicious recipe hiding behind some hideous pre-DSLR, pre-I sorta know what I’m doing with my camera pictures. Don’t believe me? Go see for yourself. Woah, right? I know…

So I felt bad for it and decided to give it a second chance. I mean who the heck is going to pin something that looks like that? And to be un-pinworthy these days is probably the highest offense in the world of food photos. Poor thing.

There’s a bunch of stuff going on in this salad…the sweetness from the roasted carrots, the crunch of the coconut flakes and the brightness of the mint to name a few. In the original recipe there’s feta too but I live with a man who takes his Greek heritage quite seriously and polishes off a BJ’s sized container of feta in about 2 days flat. So it’s scarce commodity around here and didn’t make it into this rendition. Regardless, this salad makes my mouth happy.

And now my eyes can be too, not having to look at underexposed close-ups of mush. Hope you guys enjoy!

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The Sprouted Kitchen’s Gluten-Free Crackers

I love a good cracker: one that’s subtly flavored with herbs and just the right amount of sea salt. A cracker that pairs well with cheese and doesn’t break apart even when you’re a little too aggressive with whatever dip floats your boat.

Gluten-free crackers that meets the above criteria gets bonus points.

I recently found cracker perfection in these nutty/seedy beauties, the recipe for which comes from the brand new cookbook: The Sprouted Kitchen: A Tastier Take on Whole Foods.

I discovered Sprouted Kitchen a couple of years ago, but I remember the first time I landed on the site like it was yesterday. I was immediately captivated by the combination of Sara’s winning whole foods recipes and Hugh’s stunning photos, and the wonder I felt returns every time I visit their blog.

I am so impressed with what Sara and Hugh have achieved with their first cookbook: it’s positivity lovely, and it’s warm and welcoming style will have you running to the kitchen. I’m working my way through the recipes: in addition to these crackers (and the Lemon and Herb Hummus pictured here with them), I’ve made the Coconut Loaf, the Greek Grilled Chicken with Tzatziki, and the Black Cherry Refresher so far. Everything has been terrific…kudos to the Sprouted Kitchen team: you two should be very, very proud :)

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raw apricot blackberry pie

When I first heard about Pie Day, I was stumped about what to “bring” to the virtual party. Because I’d just posted these cupcakes, I decided to go in a somewhat non-typical (and fairly virtuous) direction for my pie. I’m calling it virtuous because it’s a vegan pie that’s made with (almost) all raw ingredients. … Read more

Thoughts on BlogHer Food and Spring Greens Salad

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I returned from my first BlogHer Food conference late last night. I woke today feeling a little unsettled. I had a great time at the conference. I got to spend quality time with bloggers I already called real-life friends, and I met some completely awesome people for the first time (including many of my idols … Read more