I’m the lucky recipient of all sorts of fun kitchen gadgets thanks to my awesome mom. Last weekend when she was up on a short visit, she gave me this super cool little dicer/mincer and we tested it out on some fresh carrots. When I saw the end result of perfect little carrot cubes, a recipe idea immediately popped into my head. I didn’t know if it would work or not, as it’s one of my many experimental dishes; but now that I’ve taken a few bites of the finished product, I must say this turned out quite well. Even better than I expected.
My original idea was to just make some yummy spiced carrots and toss them into some quinoa. But my love for aesthetics being what it is, I couldn’t just stop at such a lifeless looking dish. A few additions for color & texture here, some spice adjustments there, and I felt a lot better about this new little concoction I was making. This is great over some fresh greens or would make a fabulous accompaniment to some Moroccan or Indian flavored chicken. It is healthy, light, and aromatic, making it a perfect spring dish. It also looks fabulous, so if you’re into entertaining, this will look simply lovely on the table.
Of course, the best part about this healthy little meal is that it costs next to nothing to make. Though I’ve always been good about cooking relatively healthy on a budget, I am still amazed at how easy it can be to enjoy truly good-for-you food without having to pay an arm and a leg for it. Gone are the days of having to buy overpriced deli salads that may or may not contain the ingredients they claim to have; through this blog, I’ve discovered how deliciously creative I can get with “nut & twig people” food (as one of my friends used to call it before I fed it to him and he liked it). And with my strong desire and determination to get rid of the rest of this winter weight – not to mention my poor excuse for an income – this ability couldn’t come in more handy! Seriously, where else can you get some exotic-sounding quinoa dish for under $4/serving? Nowhere but one’s very own home. This pleases me even more because unfortunately, Sacramento is lacking in more healthy restaurant options. And now for this interesting little recipe…