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Cumin Roasted Root Vegetables with Tahini Maple Drizzle

Oh, what a side dish! I made these roasted root veggies on a whim for Thanksgiving and they were such a hit I had to share them with you. The combination of carrots, parsnips, cumin and creamy tahini drizzle is just so, so right especially in the colder winter months. The dressing has  a whole lot of sweetness mixed with a tart and tangy punch that really takes plain old carrots to a whole new level - it will have you praising them, not just for their health benefits but for their delicious dopeness as well.

I imagine you could also add in other root veggies, like sweet potato or even squash. The addition of onion or leek could also be lovely. Play with this recipe - you really can't go wrong. 

Serves: 4 • Prep Time: 15 minutes • Bake Time: 20-30 minutes

Roasted Carrots

  • 8-10 small/medium carrots
  • 4-5 small/medium parsnips
  • 1 tsp. cumin
  • 1/2 tsp. all spice
  • 1/2 tsp. garlic powder
  • Salt & pepper to taste
  • 3-4 tbsp. water OR 1-2 tbsp. oil
  • Pomegranate seeds to garnish

1. Preheat the oven to 425* F. Clean, peel and half (or quarter) your carrots and parsnips so that they are all similar in shape and size. 

2. Add the root vegetables to a parchment lined baking sheet and sprinkle on the cumin, all spice, salt and pepper. Depending on weather you cook with oils or not, pour over water or oil and toss to coat the veggies.

PRO-TIP: If you're using water, you'll want to wait till all the water is evaporated to either test for doneness or, if the veggies are still not to your liking, add more water.

3. Place the baking sheet in the over and roast for 20 minutes or until crisp on the outside and tender inside. While waiting for the carrots, make the tahini drizzle. 

4. When cooked, add the veggies to a serving dish and drizzle over your tahini maple mixture. Garnish with something colorful -  parsley, dill, cranberries or pomegranate seeds are all nice options. 

Tahini Maple Drizzle

  • 2 tbsp. tahini
  • 1 tbsp. dijon mustard
  • 1 tbsp. maple syrup
  • 1 tbsp. apple cider vinegar
  • 1/2 tsp. garlic powder
  • 2-3 tbsp. water

1. Add all ingredients to a small bowl and whisk with a fork till combined - you may have to adjust the water a bit, especially if you're making it ahead as it tends to thicken. You want the texture to be pourable yet still creamy. 




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