RECIPE: CARROT CORIANDER DIP: Almost Raw, Vegan, Gluten Free Party Food

CARROT CORIANDER DIP

This is one of the dips I made for second annual holiday party this past December. I ended up bringing this dip to my friend Kates party and giving her the recipe after hearing she really liked it. I noticed that smaller organic carrots end up being sweeter then the larger "overgrown" carrots. This has been my experience but it may be different for everyone depending where they purchase their produce.

Always taste test your dip and add more spices or salt. Carrots don't come in a single size, as much as distributors would like them to.

CARROT CORIANDER DIP: (Almost) Raw, Vegan, Gluten Free Party Food

6 large or 10 smaller carrots

1/2 cup almond milk

1/2 tsp coriander

1/4 cup fresh parsley (optional)

1 tsp lime or lemon juice

1/2 tsp cumin

1/4 tsp turmeric

1 tsp garlic powder

2 tsp onion powder

2 tbs spicy brown mustard

2 tbs veganaise

Salt & pepper to taste

Peel and chop carrots into smaller chunks. Place in blender or food processor with the other ingredients. Add salt to taste.

RECIPE: POLISH SOUP: ZUPA BURAKOWA AKA BEET SOUP

Burakowa Zupa; Polish Beet Soup
Burakowa Zupa; Polish Beet Soup

I loooved this Polish soup as a child; however, I HATED beets. I hated the texture of grated beet so much that I use to ladle the soup trying my hardest to avoid any beets. This time, as an adult, I decided to make this soup my way.

Burakowa Zupa; Polish Beet Soup

I diced the beets instead of grating them. I ended up calling my mom about 3 times as I was making the soup. I thought this was going to be so much harder then it actually end up being. Like my mother said, it's a mix of sweet and vinegar taste you want to get and that's a personal preference.

Burakowa Zupa; Polish Beet Soup

I really loved how this turned out. Hope my friends Charlie & Paulina get to make this Polish vegetarian soup. It is quickly is becoming a winter favorite in my house. Enjoy guys. 

TIP:

- You can boil more then the number of beets you need & freeze the other half.

- Leave the cream out of soup until you are ready to eat. Adding into your bowl instead of the pot.

- The more vinegar you add the more likely the cream won't mix in the soup.

- If you forget to add vinegar right after the beets & loose color, boil another beet, grate yo regain the color.

Burakowa Zupa; Polish Beet Soup
Burakowa Zupa; Polish Beet Soup
Burakowa Zupa; Polish Beet Soup
Burakowa Zupa; Polish Beet Soup
Burakowa Zupa; Polish Beet Soup
Burakowa Zupa; Polish Beet Soup
Burakowa Zupa; Polish Beet Soup

Burakowa; Polish beet soup!

4-6 servings

2 large beets, or 4 small

4-5 medium potatoes

2-3 whole spice

2-3 bay leaves

1/2 carrot (diced)

1/2 celery stalk (diced)

2-3 TBS vinegar or to taste

1/4 tsp sugar, or to taste

8 c. broth or water

1 vegetable bullion cube ( optional, if using already made broth)

half & half /  vegan creamer, unflavored

Beets:

Cut any leafs & roots off the beets. Wash & take off any dirt. Submerge beets in water and boil in a pot for 30 - 45 min. depending on the size of beets. Check with a fork for softness. Once done, drain beets and set aside to cool. When beets are easy to handle, peel with potato peeler. On a vegetable grater, grate the beets on the larger side. You can also dice the beets, as I did. Set aside

Broth:

Boil water / broth. If using, put in your bullion cube. Simmer on medium to low heat bay leaves, whole spice, carrot, celery, and potatoes until potatoes are pierced easily with a fork (about 10 min).

IMPORTANT : When adding the beets, have your vinegar measured & ready. Vinegar need to be added right after the beets in order to keep the red color.

After adding the beets & vinegar, add sugar, salt pepper to taste. Simmer for another 5-10 min. Serve in a cup or bowl along with a 1 TBS of cram, half/half or vegan creamer.