October 1st is World Vegetarian Day, the annual kickoff to Vegetarian Awareness Month.
Vegetarian diets have proven health benefits, are kind to animals and help to preserve the Earth (meat production is a major source of greenhouse gas and deforestation).
According to ProCon.org, some prominent vegetarians include/have included: Lord Byron, Bill Clinton, Leonardo da Vinci, Ellen DeGeneres, Thomas Edison, Albert Einstein, Benjamin Franklin, Dick Gregory, Steve Jobs, Carl Lewis, Franz Kafka, Paul McCartney, Martina Navratilova, Pythagoras, Voltaire and Leo Tolstoy.
But you don’t need to have particular beliefs to enjoy this delicious vegetarian (actually vegan) side or main course. The quinoa supplies excellent nutrition, and the Moroccan spices are irresistible.
The recipe is from Good Eggs, a San Francisco purveyor of artisan foods.
RECIPE: MOROCCAN QUINOA & ROASTED CARROTS
The addition of allspice, cinnamon and raisins impart a wonderful North African flavor profile and fragrance to this simple dish.
2 bunches carrots, tops cut off, halved lengthwise
1 cup white quinoa
1-1/4 cups water
1 handful* parsley, coarsely chopped
1 teaspoon ground allspice, divided
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon, divided
1/4 cup of raisins
Squeeze of lemon†
Salt and pepper
Optional: plain or seasoned yogurt‡
Ingredients For 2-3 Servings
Delicious, nutritious and good-looking: quinoa and carrot salad with Moroccan seasonings. Photo courtesy Good Eggs.
*What is a “handful” of parsley? It’s an indefinite amount; please don’t write recipes like this! The size of “a bunch” varies widely by retailer. Try this: For “a bunch,” use one cup loosely packed herbs and 1/2 cup for “a handful.”
†What’s a “squeeze” of lemon? Is it a squeezed half lemon or a wedge of lemon? A medium lemon has 2-3 tablespoons of juice, a large lemon can have 4 tablespoons (1/4 cup). For a “squeeze,” try 1-2 teaspoons. Take notes and adjust both parsley and lemon measurements next time, as needed.
‡Give plain yogurt some savory flavor by stirring in one or more of the following: roasted garlic, chopped fresh parsley, minced chives or thin-sliced green onions (scallions). You can also use the zest from the lemon.