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Maple Chili Glazed Carrots with Thyme and Pomegranate (paleo + vegan)

These maple chili glazed carrots with thyme and pomegranate are an easy and delicious side dish for your holiday table. Paleo, vegan and oh-so-yummy! Savory, sweet, and loaded up with fresh and bright pomegranate seeds to delight your taste buds!

These maple chili glazed carrots with thyme and pomegranate are an easy and delicious side dish for your holiday table. Paleo, vegan and oh-so-yummy! Savory and sweet - loaded up with fresh and bright pomegranate seeds to delight your taste buds!
 
Okay guyssss! The final stretch is here.

My dinner plan is made and most of my shopping is done. I spent the weekend running around and gathering all the necessities for the BIG DAY.

AKA now my refrigerator and pantry are absolutely at their max capacity 😛 And fitting it all wouldn’t have even been possible without A LOT of rearranging. Hiiii 18 pound turkey! 👋🏼

We might have to eat out for the next few days since I’m pretty sure literally nothing else will fit in my refrigerator. Either that or buy the ingredients for dinner and head straight to the kitchen to cook.

We’re not traveling to see family for this holiday, but instead taking it easy and eating all the yummy things and giving thanks with the perfect little family of friends that we’ve got here in Seattle.

Which means that even though we’re hosting, we kind of get off easy on the cooking portion of things, because we’re doing the big dinner potluck style.

I’ll be making the maple glazed spatchcocked turkey from Play’s Well With Butter – substituting ghee for butter, my paleo (and vegan!) healthy green bean casserole, a gluten free southern style  stuffing (bacon included 💯), two kinds of gravy (my gluten free and vegan mushroom gravy, and a more classic style), the stunning holiday hummus from With Food and Love for pre-dinner snacking, and this gorgeous perfect pumpkin cheesecake (with gluten free gingersnap cookies for the crust) also from Plays Well With Butter for dessert.

Plus an apple tangerine rum spritz cocktail (that’s the last thanksgiving recipe coming your way in a day or two!) to get the good vibes rolling while we finish making all the tasty things in the kitchen.

Everyone else is filling in the rest.

Aaaaand how could I forget, ALSO these maple chili glazed carrots with thyme and pomegranates bc I’m 100% #teamsidedish 😜

These maple chili glazed carrots with thyme and pomegranate are an easy and delicious side dish for your holiday table. Paleo, vegan and oh-so-yummy! Savory and sweet - loaded up with fresh and bright pomegranate seeds to delight your taste buds!

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Shaved Carrot and Parsley Salad {paleo + vegan}

Is it just me, or does winter seem to be a hard time to remember to include fresh vegetables in the dinner line up? The allure or roasting every vegetable that crosses my path into a sweet and caramelized nirvana is almost always too much to resist. But once in awhile, a salad comes along that does that perfect little thing of brightening up a hearty rich mid-winter meal like nothing else can. And this shaved carrot and parsley salad is exactly that.

Shaved carrot and parsley salad! A bright and colorful counterpart to your hearty meals. Made with simple ingredients you probably already have on hand. Paleo and Vegan.
 
Because even though you’ve bookmarked every recipe for a slow braise you can get your hands on, and you’re making a giant pot of soup once a week, a little fresh veggie salad can still have that magic way of bringing a dinner together and making it feel like a real adult meal.

And adult meals can be hard sometimes.

Maybe I’m feeling especially compelled to share the recipe for this carrot salad with you because all I ate today was scrambled eggs, 1/2 an avocado, and 2 grain free scones (<— Not an adult meal, but it is real life.) And all I really want right now is some yummy healthy food to even out the playing field. You know, so I can eat more cookies. Recipe testing all the holiday goodies for the blog comes at a price, yo.

But in truth, this time of year more than ever, we gotta remember to take care of ourselves. November –> December burnout is a THING, and a good place to start when it comes to staying on track of self care (aka focusing on something other than all the holiday gifts you need to buy, parties you’re attending, all the outfits for said parties that need to be assembled, cookies that need to be baked for the fam, etc etc etc.. all during a season when you’re ALSO just supposed to be grateful for what you have and the people in your life but the world is sending such MIXED MESSAGES. It can be stressful, can’t it? Whew. That was a mouthful.)… is with your FOOD!

So simple, but so powerful.

It reminds us to slow down. It reminds us what is really the most important. It also reminds us that we already have a lot of the tools we need to take care of ourselves.

In last week’s installment of Rob Brezsny’s Astrology letter I was reminded (hiii fellow Virgo’s!) that the question of what I might do to take better care of myself will be a very relevant one in the coming year. That loving oneself is a great way to explore what that might look like, and that there’s still a lot to learn in this department. Which is pretty good advice even if you’re not into the whole astrology thing. Never stop holding the question: How could I do this better? And I just know that food plays an important role in that picture. It always does, right?

Plus, it’s just nice to see some color on your plate.

Shaved carrot and parsley salad! A bright and colorful counterpart to your hearty meals. Made with simple ingredients you probably already have on hand. Paleo and Vegan.
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black pepper roasted carrots with savory cilantro yogurt and toasted almonds {gluten free + dairy free option}

Even though Spring has officially “arrived”, we are (of course) still in the middle of our rainy season here in Seattle, and so we’re still taking comfort in a delicious pan of roasted veggies now and then! This week it’s black pepper roasted carrots with savory cilantro yogurt and toasted almonds.

All the yummm!!

Black pepper roasted carrots with savory cilantro yogurt and roasted almonds are super easy and flavor packed to the max! The carrots are seasoned with black pepper, a little bit of paprika, and paired with a bright + savory cilantro yogurt sauce - the perfect combo! Topped with some roasted almonds to add some texture and crunch for the win!

And really, as long as it’s not too hot to turn on the oven, I feel like roasted veggies always have a place in the kitchen, no matter what the season is. There’s just something so amazing about the caramlized sweetness and intensity of flavor that you get when you roast vegetables. It really adds a level of complexity and focus that keeps you coming back for another bite!

Black pepper roasted carrots with savory cilantro yogurt and roasted almonds are super easy and flavor packed to the max! The carrots are seasoned with black pepper, a little bit of paprika, and paired with a bright + savory cilantro yogurt sauce - the perfect combo! Topped with some roasted almonds to add some texture and crunch for the win!

And carrots are probably one of my all time favorites to roast, if you can’t tell from my recipes 😉

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