Food, Sides

Carrot Top Pesto

Dairy-free, Egg-free, Gluten-free, Ketogenic, Paleo, Vegan

Have you ever bought a bunch of organic carrots at the store and wondered why the grocer didn’t chop the greens off? Surely you can’t eat them! Turns out we were wrong: carrot greens are in fact edible and you can enjoy them in a variety of ways.

In our latest box from Misfits Market, we received two gorgeous bunches of rainbow carrots, each topped with substantial amount of fresh greens. Rather than turn them into compost as I had previously been doing, I decided to make carrot top pesto!

This simple pesto only calls for seven ingredients and it’s quick and easy to make. It transforms ordinary baked spaghetti squash or pasta into a delightful dinner and serves as an interesting dip for fresh vegetables. It also makes for a great conversation starter at parties (You made pesto with what?!).

Enjoy!

How to Make Carrot Top Pesto Using Carrot Greens

Ingredients

8 cups of carrot greens, chopped (about 2 bunches of carrots)
1 cup olive oil
1/2 cup sliced toasted almonds
2 cloves garlic
1 tsp cumin
1 tsp salt (adjust to taste)
1 tsp black pepper

Preparation

Prepare the carrot greens by washing them and removing the woody stems. Some stem is okay, but too if you leave too much stem attached the pesto is a little tough.

Place 4 cups of carrot greens in the food processor. Add remaining ingredients. Process until ingredients are combined.

Add in remaining greens and continue to process until the texture you desire is achieved. If you like a smoother texture you might want to remove the pesto from the food processor and continue blending with an immersion blender.

Sprinkle with sliced almonds and serve.

Note: This pesto should be refrigerated and used within 2 or 3 days.


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Desserts, Food

Easy Vegan Apple Crisp

Dairy-free, Egg-free, Gluten-free, Vegan

What do you do when you’ve got a dozen apples and a rainy day? Make an apple crisp, of course! Apple crisps are an great way to take advantage of apple-picking season and to bring some fall flavor into your home…without rolling out any finicky pie crusts!

You’re going to love this apple crisp for a number of reasons: it’s easy to make, it’s allergy-friendly, and it’ll make your house smell great when you bake it! It also tastes better than your average apple crisp (and maybe your grandmother’s) because I’ve tweaked the traditional spice blend and reduced the sugar. The result is a sweet and tangy vegan apple crisp that’s sure to please the whole family.

Serve with a scoop of ice cream (or nice cream) and a drizzle of caramel sauce for a perfect fall treat.


How to Make Easy Vegan Apple Crisp

Ingredients

For the Filling:
10 medium-sized apples (any variety), cored and sliced
2 TBS golden or white sugar
1/2 TBS apple cider vinegar
1 tsp cinnamon
1 tsp ginger
1/2 tsp nutmeg

For the Oat Crumble Topping:
1 cup Bob’s Red Mill Gluten-free All Purpose 1:1 Baking flour
3/4 cup rolled oats
1/4 cup brown sugar
1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
1/4 tsp baking soda
1/4 tsp baking powder
1/4 tsp salt
1/2 cup solid coconut oil

Note: For a coconut allergy, substitute coconut oil with butter.

Preparation

Place sliced apples in a large bowl. In a small bowl, mix together sugar and spices. Pour the dry ingredients and the vinegar into the bowl of apples and toss to coat. Arrange the apple slices on the the bottom of a 9 x 11 inch baking dish and set aside.

In a large bowl, combine dry ingredients for the oat crumble topping. Then cut in the solid coconut oil until pea-sized clumps begin to form. Spread the topping evenly over the apple filling.

Bake at 350 degrees for 40-45 minutes. You’ll know it’s done when the apples are tender, the juices are bubbling, and the topping is beginning to turn golden brown.


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Want to try another fun fall recipe that’s also dairy, egg, and gluten-free? Try my vegan Green Tomato Mock Apple Crisp!

Entrées, Food, Sides

Roasted Butternut Squash and Apple Soup

Autoimmune Paleo (AIP), Dairy-free, Egg-free, Gluten-free, Nut-free, Paleo, Vegan

Nothing says “Fall is here” like a bowl of sweet, creamy butternut-apple soup! This soup will delight everyone around your dinner table, from the toddler to the teen. Its sweet notes of apple, ginger and cinnamon are sure to stir up some festive fall spirit and brighten up any dreary day that fall might throw at us!

This recipe makes about 4 quarts of creamy deliciousness. It makes a lovely autumn-inspired side or entree and is very satisfying when paired with a hearty kale salad, topped with sliced almonds, and drizzled with balsamic vinegar and olive oil.

Ingredients

2 butternut squash, roasted
2 TBS coconut oil
1 red onion, chopped
2 in piece of ginger, chopped
1 apple, chopped
3 15 oz cans lite coconut milk
1.5 tsp ground ginger
1.5 tsp salt (add a little at a time, to taste)
1 tsp ground black pepper
1 tsp ground cinnamon

Preparation

Roast whole butternut squash at 375 degrees F for 40 mins to an hour until tender. Halve and remove the seeds. Set aside.

In a large pot, cook onion, ginger, and apple in coconut oil over medium heat until onion is translucent and apple pieces are soft. Stir in coconut milk and spices.

Scoop the butternut squash out of its skin and add it to the pot. Using an immersion blender, blend the ingredients together. Bring the soup to the desired temperature and serve.


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Desserts, Food

Everything-Free “Chocolate” Carob Cookies

Autoimmune Paleo (AIP), Dairy-free, Egg-free, Gluten-Free, Nut-free, Paleo, Vegan

When they’re “everything free” that means they’re made of air and have zero calories, right?

Um, well, not quite. I wish.

But they are delicious and they are great for kids with multiple allergies because they are dairy-free, egg-free, chocolate-free gluten-free, grain-free, and nut-free. They also make a tasty treat for vegans, vegetarians or people on the Paleo or Autoimmune Paleo (AIP) diet.

I first made these cookies as a treat for my sweet-tooth husband back when he was trying the AIP diet back in January. If you’ve never heard of the AIP diet, you can read more about the diet and our experience with it here.

You might be wondering how a cookie can be “chocolate-free” and still taste like chocolate. The secret is carob powder, which is derived from the sweet pulp of the pods of the Carob tree. Carob powder tastes similar to chocolate, but is caffeine-free and rich in fiber. I was able to find it at my local grocer store, but you may have to order it online if you can’t find it in your area.

I hope you enjoy these tasty little cookies. I’m going to be sharing my recipe for the allergy-friendly ginger cookies also pictured above next week, so stay tuned!

P.S. You can also tell yourself these are healthy because they have some avocado in them. 😉

How to Make Everything-Free “Chocolate” Carob Cookies

Ingredients

1/2 cup coconut flour
3 TBS carob powder
2 TBS tapioca starch
1/4 tsp baking soda
1/4 cup filtered water
1/4 cup coconut oil
3 TBS honey
1 TBS molasses
1/2 avocado, mashed

Preparation

Mix the dry ingredients together.

Add the avocado, water, coconut oil, molasses, and honey and mix until fully combined.

Scoop 1 TBS sized balls onto a cookie sheet and flatten slightly.

Bake at 375 degrees F for 12-14 minutes. Transfer to a wire rack after 2 minutes to cool.


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