Posts tagged ‘carrot’

It’s Christmas time in the city…

It’s officially winter in the city!!  After all my whining and complaining I got my snow!!!  Not just flurries, full on heavy snow!  Ok, so it wasn’t exactly sticking to the ground, but hey it’s good enough for me.  🙂

After a little Christmas shopping when I was done with my work I decided the best thing to warm me up after walking in the snow was a comforting bowl of soup.  I felt that I should use the BSI tonight so I made Carrot-Artichoke Soup.   I always get this kind of soup for lunch at Elixir and last time I was there I was able to peek at some of the ingredients so I tried to recreate it tonight.img_2279

Carrot-Artichoke Soup:

  • 3 cups shredded carrots
  • 1 cup canned artichokes
  • 1.5 tsp sugar
  • 1/4 tsp cayenne pepper
  • 1/4 tsp garlic powder
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • dash black pepper

I pureed the soup with my immersion blender that my sister got me.  Love it M!!  Ok, so anyway… in the spirit of full disclosure the soup wasn’t as amazing as I had hoped.  I think it’s because I didn’t cook it for long enough because the carrot was still a little grainy even though it was pureed.  I also think it could’ve used the addition of an onion to round out the flavors.  That being said it was still very good and I am absolutely looking forward to having the leftovers. 😉  img_2282

img_2283I also had a big salad with my red leaf lettuce… Yeah I know, this is kind of a weak dinner post, but this evening before dinner I had a few handfuls of roasted nuts and that turned out to be a few handfuls too many.  I feel like I have a pile of rocks in my stomach!  Ugh! 👿

Well, I have some 90210 reruns to watch so I’m gonna go.  G’night bloggies!!  Can’t wait to see your BSI submissions!!


December 16, 2008 at 9:47 pm 11 comments

Thanksgiving Part Deux

I couldn’t decide what I wanted to make for dinner tonight, but when I got into Food Emporium something caught my eye that I just haad to try.  Smoked turkey legs!!  You might think that sounds kind of gross, but I absolutely love turkey legs.  They did not dissapoint.  😉  What goes with turkey??  Cranberry Chutney of course!!  I made a small batch of the Cranberry Chutney I cooked up for Thanksgiving. img_2264

On the side I made some Butternut Squash Fries a la The Fitnessista.  These were sooo good!  Even the bf loved them and he’s hard to please (and quick to dismiss any odd vegetable dish).  Just some olive oil, salt + pepper baked at 425 for about 40 minutes – flipped it a few times throughout.  Thanks for another great recipe Gina!img_2263

My carrot concoction of the evening?  Green salad topped with a Carrot-Ginger Dressing.  Carrot-Ginger dressing is usually served over green salads at sushi restaurants and is one of my favorite parts of going there to eat (aside form the fish).  I tried to find a good recipe, but none seemed right so I came up with my own.img_2261

Carrot-Ginger Dressing:

  • 3 medium carrots, chopped
  • 1.5 tbsp fresh ginger, chopped
  • 1 tsp soy sauce
  • 2 tbsp rice wine vinegar
  • 2 tbsp canola oil
  • 1 tbsp honey
  • dash salt

Put all the ingredients in a food processor and chop until totally pureed.  I poured it over some red leaf lettuce and chopped tomatoes.  Just like in the restaurants!!  I had a really packed night of cleaning, etc. but afterwards I had a nice bowl of popcorn…  Ok, g’night all!

December 15, 2008 at 11:17 pm 13 comments

BSI – week 16

I feel soo honored to be hosting this week’s BSI!!  Thanks Ashley!  If you guys haven’t checked out the lovely peppermint treats that everyone cooked up, stop by Sweet & Natural.  I know you’re eager to get cooking, but first here’s a recap of the past BSI’s:

Week 15: Ashley @ Sweet & NaturalPeppermint

Week 14: Andrea @ bella eats [and runs]Ginger

Week 13: Amy @ Coffee Talk – Walnuts

Week 12: Lindsay @ For the Love of Oats – Pumpkin

Week 11: Melissa @ Trying to Heal – Sweet Potatoes

Week 10: Meghann @ The Inner Workings of a College Graduate – Eggplant

Week 9: Erica @ Itzy’s Kitchen – Pears

Week 8: Gina @ The Fitnessista – Cranberries

Week 7: Shannon @ Tri to Cook – Lentils

Week 6: Sabrina @ Rhodey Girl Tests – Polenta

Week 5: Jenn @ eatingbender – Butternut Squash

Week 4: Andrea & Erin @ Care to Eat – Apples

Week 3: Rose @ On a Lobster Placemat – Mushrooms

Week 2: Heather @ Hangry Pants – Tomatoes

Week 1: Christie @ Sportsnutritionliving – Quinoa

And the BSI for Week 16 is…



Why did I choose carrots??  Well, not only are they one of my favorite foods to snack on, they also happen to be packed with health benefits.  They’re listed as one of the World’s Healthiest Foods!  Just check out all the benefits of eating carrots:

  • Helps protect vision, particularly night vision
  • Beneficial to blood sugar regulation
  • Reduces the risk of heart disease
  • Promotes colon health
  • Promotes lung health
  • An excellent source of vitamin A, vitamin C, vitamin K, dietary fiber and potassium

The Rules:


1. Make a unique edible creation out of Carrots.  Sweet, savory… there are no rules here, just make sure it’s original!


2. Link back to my blog when you post your recipe on yours.  Let me know it’s up by e-mailing me at or leaving a comment on one of my posts.  If you don’t have a blog, no worries!  You still count.  Just shoot me an e-mail with your recipe. 


3. Please submit your recipe by Sunday, December 21 @ 7:00 PM EST.  Winners will be announced Monday morning!!


Ok guys, start brainstorming!!  I’ll be back later today with a recap of my eats from over the weekend and a carroty creation to start off the BSI contest with a bang.  😉


December 15, 2008 at 10:43 am 24 comments

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