Yesterday was earth day. I felt it was right to celebrate it, even though Mother Nature is currently sending all the pollen to destroy me with itchy eyes. Side note: if you see me out, no, I didn’t eat any special brownies for breakfast. It’s just allergies.
Hailey and I celebrated the day by planting some herbs, a pepper plant and tending to the strawberries on the back deck.
Yes, she picked out her outfit again. Boots and life jacket. She gets her fashion sense from me. Poor girl.
Between planting and a bike ride, I had enough pollen for the day, so I decided to spend some time indoors playing in the kitchen. I’m so glad I did.
If you didn’t notice, I get stuck on a salad dressing and don’t switch it up. Like, ever. For months now it’s been Newman’s Own Organic Balsamic Vinaigrette. It’s really delicious, but yesterday I was ready for something new. I dreamed of Japanese steakhouse ginger dressing, then decided to make my own dreams come true.
- 3 garlic cloves, minced
- 2 Tbsp ginger (I cheated and used the tube. You should cheat, too)
- 3 Tbsp carrot puree
- 1/3 cup rice vinegar
- 1/2 cup low sodium soy sauce
- 1/2 cup olive oil
- 3 Tbsp honey
- 1/4 cup carrot water
Carrot water is an interesting ingredient, huh? It’s easy. Peel and cut your carrots into slices.
Bring 1-2 inches of water to boil in a pot. Place steamer tray over water and add carrots. Reduce to medium heat and steam for 5-10 minutes, or until soft. Don’t throw out the water.
Add carrots to food processor with 1-2 Tbsp of reserved water from steaming and puree until smooth, scraping down the sides as necessary.
Add all the ingredients to a mason jar. Shake vigorously, then serve.
The flavor is vibrant. Gingery, garlicky and reminiscent of my favorite ginger dressing from Mount Fuji (the Japanese steakhouse I grew up with). I also think it would make an excellent marinade for salmon.
You’ll have leftover carrot puree. Go wild. Add it to muffins, pancakes or marinara.
Serve it to your toddler.
Rejoice in the hidden extra veggies.
How did you celebrate Earth Day?
…did you even know it was Earth Day?
…….I didn’t until I saw it on twitter, so don’t feel bad