daayum! here we are at the beginning of august (what?!) and this herby roasted carrot picnic salad with sprouted garbanzo bean pancakes and avocado fits right in like the sun in that big blue sky.
I’ve been on the road on various little adventures lately and haven’t been able to spend too much time in the kitchen so this is a recipe I’m pulling out of my back pocket for y’all. I made it a while ago to bring to the beach for a sun and sand studded picnic lunch, and I figured there might be a moment to share it so before heading out the door I snapped a few pictures and wrote down the details. it was one of those totally perfect PNW summer days when the sky literally could not get any bluer, the trees shone emerald along the horizon and the breeze off the ocean kept the the heat at bay.
I knew I wanted to make something to bring to lunch that was healthy and full of veggies but also easy to eat with our hands. I actually didn’t have much in the refrigerator (#sundayproblems) but a big handful of forgotten carrots, the end of a head of red cabbage (wins the longest-vegetable-life-in-the-fridge-award) and some herbs. I had also been waiting for the moment to try using the sprouted garbanzo bean flour that I had bought on a whim from thrive market* (*lazy girl grocery shopping obsession 🙋🏻). a quick google search brought me to this recipe and I was quickly on my way to beachy picnic food perfection.
I think it’s safe to say that we can officially give root vegetable season a big fat welcome hug! the last of those gorgeous heirloom tomatoes have actually disappeared from the shelves, and squash, root vegetables, and hardy greens have taken their place.
I absolutely love measuring the seasons by what we bring to our dinner table – it feels like a way to really experience each season and all of it’s little flavor nuances. the change in what we eat is one of the most comforting things about ushering in the cold weather!
I’m super excited that this easy and tasty roasted parsnip recipe with a honey, chili & thyme glaze is going to be a new addition to our thanksgiving table this year. I’ve made it a bunch of times already and it always seems to disappear in a flash. pow! like magic. sweet, spicy, aromatic, and utterly delicious. and did I mention it’s really easy to make? I think it would make a great last minute option for the veggie side dish you need to bring to your thanksgiving dinner.
and while parsnips are the only veggie I’ve tried with this glaze I think it would also be super duper tasty yum with roasted carrots, beets or even brussel sprouts.
because really who doesn’t want an excuse to roast all the veggies?!
who doesn’t love a quick and easy dinner? especially one that is protein rich and fills up your house with the mouthwatering aroma of roasting garlic, harissa and chicken.
pretty sure the only thing that was disappointing about making these drumsticks was the fact that there wasn’t enough for everyone to pack some for lunch tomorrow. lesson learned! won’t be making that mistake again.
throw together your marinade before bed, or in the morning before you leave for work (I promise it won’t take you more than 5 minutes! happy dance! happy dance!) preheat your oven, pat them dry, and bake for a healthy 30 minutes while you throw together a salad and you’ll be patting yourself on the back for a well executed home cooked meal that looks and tastes like it took a whole lot more effort than it actually did.
go you! you weekday dinner warrior, you. Continue reading