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Carrots are my new best friend

Friday, 13 January 2012  |  Admin

For some reason I find it harder to eat healthily in winter than summer. Summer food in our house always tends to be lighter with more salads and grilled food. We tend to eat more casseroles and stews in winter, comfort food with loads of mashed potato on the side.Seasonality obviously has an impact on this (tasteless cherry tomatoes in winter - yuck) but I've recently become a fan of winter salads. I'm almost embarrassed to admit this, but I've never really had root veg salads before. I've occasionally flirted with a beetroot and feta or goats cheese salad in summer. But not really anything more significant than that...That is, until Christmas. I was sitting down to the third day of 'picky food' (you know, cheese, crackers, cold ham, turkey, pickles etc) and I was really craving something lighter to get my tastebuds going. But all I had in the fridge was a few carrots...Anyway, I tried this. It's really simple but absolutely yummy. And that lead me onto another variation, which uses yogurt and it also fab. Two lovely recipes to have tucked under your belt for a refreshing side dish....Simple carrot salad1 large carrot1/2 lemonsalt & pepper to taste1tsp dijon mustard3 tbsp olive or groundnut oilMethod

  1. Grate carrot using coarse side of your grater.
  2. Mix ingredients for dressing in a jam jar and shake.
  3. Stir dressing into carrot - you may not need all the dressing....
Turkish Carrot Salad1 large carrot1/2 lemonsalt & pepper to taste2 tbs natural or greek yogurtdried dillMethod
  1. Grate carrot into a bowl using coarse grater.
  2. Add squeeze of lemon and yogurt and stir.
  3. Sprinkle with dried dill - 1/2 tsp approx.
  4. Season to taste.