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Monday, March 16, 2015

Kickin' Creamy Raw Carrot Pasta Sauce

Made this dinner tonight with scraps of veggies that need to get used. If you have a Vitamix, or another decent blender or food processor, there a ridiculous amount of creative sauces just waiting to happen.

This particular one is made from:
  • Fresh baby carrots
  • Cashews (sunflower seeds work well too if allergies are an issue)
  • Paprika
  • Thyme
  • Hemp seed powder (why not?)
  • Garlic powder
  • Black pepper
  • Cayenne pepper (omit if you don't want your pasta kickin'!)
  • Sea salt
  • Water  

Note: Some nutritional yeast will make this a cheesy cream sauce! I also should have omitted a bit of salt and also used my kelp powder, which I seem to neglect. Kelp is a great source of iodine.

Carrots can also be replaced with squash, or canned pumpkin. Try that with sage. Or try tomatoes with basil for a creamy tomato based sauce.

The process is simple. Throw the carrots into the blender with enough water to make a puree. Add the nuts or seeds to make it creamy. I never soak them, I know I probably should. 

Put the Vitamix on high to "cook" the carrots a bit. The warming feature is my favorite thing about this blender. Its great to make warm to hot soups and sauces without heating away the nutrients and enzymes in the fresh ingredients. Once the carrots are warm, season to taste. Blend it a little bit more, and then pour it on pasta!

Stir in whatever chopped veggies float your boat or goes with your particular sauce mix. I used fresh baby spinach and tomatoes for this one.

So get rid of those wilting carrots for dinner this week! What other unconventional vegetables can sauces be made from? Would a beet sauce work?  It'd probably look like a massacre and stain everything, wouldn't it? Maybe just mixing some beet chunks into the finished product would be good. What about radishes? Hmmm, I think some experimenting is going to commence soon.
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