Roasted Carrots & Beluga Lentils with Carrot Greens Pesto

Activism Alert!

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Tomorrow, October 2nd, I hope you will join me in a fast against animal suffrage. Pigs and cows are often starved before they are sent to slaughter and hopefully this cause will bring some awareness to horrible cruelty inflicted upon the animals who share this planet with us. If you decide to join in, be sure to hashtag #FastAgainstSlaughter


Okay, now onto more merry festivities. Happy World Vegetarian Day! Perhaps you have an elaborate bash tonight to celebrate? This is a wonderful dish for such an occasion. When you're trying to impress your friends with your awesome vegan culinary skills, remember it's equally important to impress yourself as well.

Maybe like me, you plan to be decked out in head to toe L.L.Bean sleepwear for the celebratory-worthy occasion of watching New Girl and The Mindy Project on Hulu. Well, this meal is perfect for that too. I've got you covered, no worries.

On a side note...positively October-appropriate dish right? Black and orange for Halloween! I've never been a huge fan of Halloween, but as of five years ago, it's become a very special day indeed. It's the day Todd and I met!

Produce On Parade - Roasted Carrots & Beluga Lentils with Carrot Greens Pesto - Roasted carrots rest atop beluga lentils, dressed with a fresh, carrot greens pesto. This exquisite dish is done in under an hour and will definitely impress.
Think occasionally of the suffering of which you spare yourself the sight.
— Albert Schweitzer
Produce On Parade - Roasted Carrots & Beluga Lentils with Carrot Greens Pesto - Roasted carrots rest atop beluga lentils, dressed with a fresh, carrot greens pesto. This exquisite dish is done in under an hour and will definitely impress.

Roasted carrots rest atop beluga lentils, dressed with a fresh, carrot greens pesto. This exquisite dish is done in under an hour and will definitely impress. 

Produce On Parade - Roasted Carrots & Beluga Lentils with Carrot Greens Pesto - Roasted carrots rest atop beluga lentils, dressed with a fresh, carrot greens pesto. This exquisite dish is done in under an hour and will definitely impress.
Produce On Parade - Roasted Carrots & Beluga Lentils with Carrot Greens Pesto - Roasted carrots rest atop beluga lentils, dressed with a fresh, carrot greens pesto. This exquisite dish is done in under an hour and will definitely impress.
Produce On Parade - Roasted Carrots & Beluga Lentils with Carrot Greens Pesto - Roasted carrots rest atop beluga lentils, dressed with a fresh, carrot greens pesto. This exquisite dish is done in under an hour and will definitely impress.

Aren't these purple carrots gorgeous? They came in my CSA box!

Produce On Parade - Roasted Carrots & Beluga Lentils with Carrot Greens Pesto - Roasted carrots rest atop beluga lentils, dressed with a fresh, carrot greens pesto. This exquisite dish is done in under an hour and will definitely impress.
Produce On Parade - Roasted Carrots & Beluga Lentils with Carrot Greens Pesto - Roasted carrots rest atop beluga lentils, dressed with a fresh, carrot greens pesto. This exquisite dish is done in under an hour and will definitely impress.
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Roasted Carrots & Beluga Lentils with Carrot Greens Pesto
Roasted carrots rest atop beluga lentils, dressed with a fresh, carrot greens pesto. This exquisite dish is done in under an hour and will definitely impress. NOTES: Feel free to use green lentils in place of black or beluga. Spinach can be used in place of the carrot greens. Skinny carrots will cook faster and work better in this dish than standard, large yellow carrots.
Ingredients
  • ¼ cup + 3 Tbsp. olive oil (divided)
  • 1 small yellow onion, diced
  • 5 garlic cloves (divided), minced
  • 3 cups vegetable stock
  • 2 cups beluga lentils, uncooked
  • 2 bushes (about 2 lbs.) of skinny carrots with green tops
  • -- Pesto --
  • ½ cup pumpkin seeds (pepitas)
  • ¼ cup sunflower seeds
  • ¼ cup walnuts
  • heaping ¼ cup nutritional yeast
  • 1 Tbsp. liquid amino acids or soy sauce
  • ½ Tbsp. lemon juice
  • ½ cup water
Instructions
In a medium saucepan, heat 1 Tbsp. olive oil over medium-low. Add the onion and 2 garlic cloves and sauté for about 5 minutes, until fragrant. Now, add the stock and lentils and bring to a boil stirring occasionally. Cover and reduce to a simmer for about 35 minutes, or until tender. Be careful not to overcook. Preheat oven to 400 F. Chop off the carrot greens, leaving about 1 inch, and wash very well. Place the greens (discard most of the stems) in a food processer. Wash the carrots and arrange in a single layer on a baking sheet coated with a nonstick cooking spray. Lightly brush them with olive oil and sprinkle with a dash of salt and pepper. Bake at 400 F for 30-45 minutes, until tender. Add the pesto ingredients into the food processor with the greens, 1/4 cup + 2 Tbsp. olive oil, and three garlic cloves. Process until smooth and creamy. The pesto should be a little more liquid than regular pesto, so add additional water as needed.Serve the cooked lentils with a few roasted carrots on top and dressed with the pesto.
Details
Prep time: Cook time: Total time: Yield: 6-8
Produce On Parade - Roasted Carrots & Beluga Lentils with Carrot Greens Pesto - Roasted carrots rest atop beluga lentils, dressed with a fresh, carrot greens pesto. This exquisite dish is done in under an hour and will definitely impress.
Produce On Parade - Roasted Carrots & Beluga Lentils with Carrot Greens Pesto - Roasted carrots rest atop beluga lentils, dressed with a fresh, carrot greens pesto. This exquisite dish is done in under an hour and will definitely impress.

Dutch Word of The Day

Happy --> Blij (blay)

Good Deed of The Day

Today, make an effort celebrate yourself. Whether you're vegan, vegetarian, or just trying to reduce your animal consumption. And be sure to give an animal and planet loving friend a hug, too! Happy World Vegetarian Day!

Delicata Squash & Chard Penne Pasta

I love delicata squash. It's definitely my favorite of the squashes. I especially love that I'm not about to abscond off to the ER because I chopped off my hand trying to crack the darn thing open. Yep, these little buggers are so soft, the peel is edible! If you've never had delicata squash, now's the time. Particularly if you live in fear of other, more menacing, squashes. Butternut, I'm looking at you.

Produce On Parade - Delicata Squash & Chard Penne Pasta - A perfect early autumn penne pasta with roasted delicata squash, sautéed chard and bell pepper, dressed in a fresh, herbed tomato sauce.
Be content with what you have; rejoice in the ways things are. When you realize there is nothing lacking, the whole world belongs to you.
— Lao Tzu
Produce On Parade - Delicata Squash & Chard Penne Pasta - A perfect early autumn penne pasta with roasted delicata squash, sautéed chard and bell pepper, dressed in a fresh, herbed tomato sauce.
Produce On Parade - Delicata Squash & Chard Penne Pasta - A perfect early autumn penne pasta with roasted delicata squash, sautéed chard and bell pepper, dressed in a fresh, herbed tomato sauce.
Produce On Parade - Delicata Squash & Chard Penne Pasta - A perfect early autumn penne pasta with roasted delicata squash, sautéed chard and bell pepper, dressed in a fresh, herbed tomato sauce.
Produce On Parade - Delicata Squash & Chard Penne Pasta - A perfect early autumn penne pasta with roasted delicata squash, sautéed chard and bell pepper, dressed in a fresh, herbed tomato sauce.
Produce On Parade - Delicata Squash & Chard Penne Pasta - A perfect early autumn penne pasta with roasted delicata squash, sautéed chard and bell pepper, dressed in a fresh, herbed tomato sauce.

Don't you adore my tiny purple bell pepper I've been bragging about for weeks. It came in my CSA box and I think it's just the most delightful thing I've ever laid eyes on. If you can't get sheer joy from a tiny purple pepper, where can you get it?

Produce On Parade - Delicata Squash & Chard Penne Pasta - A perfect early autumn penne pasta with roasted delicata squash, sautéed chard and bell pepper, dressed in a fresh, herbed tomato sauce.
Produce On Parade - Delicata Squash & Chard Penne Pasta - A perfect early autumn penne pasta with roasted delicata squash, sautéed chard and bell pepper, dressed in a fresh, herbed tomato sauce.
Produce On Parade - Delicata Squash & Chard Penne Pasta - A perfect early autumn penne pasta with roasted delicata squash, sautéed chard and bell pepper, dressed in a fresh, herbed tomato sauce.
Produce On Parade - Delicata Squash & Chard Penne Pasta - A perfect early autumn penne pasta with roasted delicata squash, sautéed chard and bell pepper, dressed in a fresh, herbed tomato sauce.
Produce On Parade - Delicata Squash & Chard Penne Pasta - A perfect early autumn penne pasta with roasted delicata squash, sautéed chard and bell pepper, dressed in a fresh, herbed tomato sauce.
Produce On Parade - Delicata Squash & Chard Penne Pasta - A perfect early autumn penne pasta with roasted delicata squash, sautéed chard and bell pepper, dressed in a fresh, herbed tomato sauce.
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Delicata Squash & Chard Penne Pasta
A perfect early autumn penne pasta with roasted delicata squash, sautéed chard and bell pepper, dressed in a fresh, herbed tomato sauce.
Ingredients
  • 2 delicata squash, washed and chopped
  • 1 lb. penne pasta, dry
  • 1 Tbsp. olive oil
  • 1 garlic clove, minced
  • 1 small bell pepper, diced
  • 1 bunch of chard, chopped
  • -- Sauce --
  • 1 15 oz. can diced tomatoes
  • 4 whole garlic cloves
  • 3 Tbsp. olive oil
  • dash of kosher salt
  • dash of ground black pepper
  • 2 large fresh basil leaves
  • 1 Tbsp. fresh oregano, chopped
  • 1/2 Tbsp. fresh rosemary, chopped
Instructions
Preheat oven to 350 F and coat a baking sheet with a nonstick cooking spray. Evenly arrange the chopped squash on the sheet and brush with a bit of olive oil. Roast for 25 minutes, until tender.Bring a large pot of water to boil for the pasta and cook according to package.In a large rimmed frying pan, heat 1 Tbsp. olive oil and sauté the 1 garlic clove and bell pepper for a few minutes, until the garlic becomes fragrant. Now, add the chard and sauté for about 5 additional minutes, until wilted.Meanwhile, combine all the sauce ingredients in a blender. Blend on high for a couple minutes until very smooth. Transfer to a small saucepan to heat over low until ready to use. Drain the pasta and return to pot. Add the sauce, squash, and chard mixture. Stir well to combine and serve hot.
Details
Prep time: Cook time: Total time: Yield: 6
Produce On Parade - Delicata Squash & Chard Penne Pasta - A perfect early autumn penne pasta with roasted delicata squash, sautéed chard and bell pepper, dressed in a fresh, herbed tomato sauce.
Produce On Parade - Delicata Squash & Chard Penne Pasta - A perfect early autumn penne pasta with roasted delicata squash, sautéed chard and bell pepper, dressed in a fresh, herbed tomato sauce.
Produce On Parade - Delicata Squash & Chard Penne Pasta - A perfect early autumn penne pasta with roasted delicata squash, sautéed chard and bell pepper, dressed in a fresh, herbed tomato sauce.
Produce On Parade - Delicata Squash & Chard Penne Pasta - A perfect early autumn penne pasta with roasted delicata squash, sautéed chard and bell pepper, dressed in a fresh, herbed tomato sauce.

Bob is so very handsome, don't you think?

Dutch Word of The Day

Purple --> Paars (pars)

Good Deed of The Day

Do you want to live a longer, less stressful life? Do you know what a key component of that is? It's meditation. For real. Don't take my word for it though. I always thought to meditate properly I'd have to sit cross-legged with a straight-back (this is puzzlingly difficult for me), with wind chimes in the background, incense burning, and chanting involved.

Um, not if you don't want to. I meditate comfortably lying down. Wind chime, incense, and chanting free (usually). People always say they could never meditate because they think to much. I'm here to tell you that my mind is like a browser with 35 tabs open. You don't have to force your mind to be silent. Thoughts come and go. You don't chase them, and you don't push them out. You just let them flow. So, try meditating, and see how you feel. I use the podcast Meditation Oasis and the app Insight Timer for guided meditations. If you want more tips, let me know!

Black Bean, Corn & Red Rice Enchiladas

I sense another quiet day here at Produce On Parade. Quiet, yes, but not without a great recipe. Enchiladas! I haven't posted an enchilada recipe yet, so here's my gift to you. I know you'll love them as much as I do. They're vegan, cheesy enchiladas made with a from scratch enchilada sauce. Easy and full of good for you vegetables! 

Produce On Parade - Black Bean, Corn & Red Rice Enchiladas - These are vegan, cheesy enchiladas made with a from scratch enchilada sauce. They're easy and full of good for you vegetables!
Wrong is wrong even if everyone is doing it; right is right even if no one is doing it.
— Saint Augustine of Hippo
Produce On Parade - Black Bean, Corn & Red Rice Enchiladas - These are vegan, cheesy enchiladas made with a from scratch enchilada sauce. They're easy and full of good for you vegetables!
Produce On Parade - Black Bean, Corn & Red Rice Enchiladas - These are vegan, cheesy enchiladas made with a from scratch enchilada sauce. They're easy and full of good for you vegetables!
Produce On Parade - Black Bean, Corn & Red Rice Enchiladas - These are vegan, cheesy enchiladas made with a from scratch enchilada sauce. They're easy and full of good for you vegetables!
Produce On Parade - Black Bean, Corn & Red Rice Enchiladas - These are vegan, cheesy enchiladas made with a from scratch enchilada sauce. They're easy and full of good for you vegetables!
Produce On Parade - Black Bean, Corn & Red Rice Enchiladas - These are vegan, cheesy enchiladas made with a from scratch enchilada sauce. They're easy and full of good for you vegetables!

Look how cozy the enchis are, all snuggled up in the dish! With a warm blanket of homemade enchilada sauce, I might want to jump in too!

Produce On Parade - Black Bean, Corn & Red Rice Enchiladas - These are vegan, cheesy enchiladas made with a from scratch enchilada sauce. They're easy and full of good for you vegetables!
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Black Bean, Corn & Red Rice Enchiladas
These are vegan, cheesy enchiladas made with a from scratch enchilada sauce. They're easy and full of good for you vegetables! NOTE: Feel free to use an rice you like!
Ingredients
  • -- Enchilada Sauce --
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 15 oz. can of diced tomatoes, undrained
  • 3 Tbsp. chili powder
  • 2 Tbsp. tomato paste
  • 3 whole garlic cloves
  • ½ tsp. onion powder
  • ½ tsp. kosher salt
  • ¼ tsp. ground cumin
  • 2 Tbsp. olive oil
  • 2 Tbsp. all-purpose flour
  • -- Enchiladas --
  • 2 cups cooked red rice
  • 1 15 oz. can black beans, rinsed and drained
  • 1 cup frozen sweet corn
  • ½ cup chunky salsa
  • 1 package of shredded cheddar vegan cheese (about 2 cups), divided
  • 6 medium sized flour tortillas
  • 6 Tbsp. sour cream
  • ¼ cup fresh cilantro, chopped (optional)
  • 1 avocado, sliced
  • 1 fresh tomato, diced
Instructions
First, cook your rice according to package to yield 2 cups, if you don’t already have some on hand (I like to make mine in large batches and freeze it for later).In a blender, add all the enchilada sauce ingredients except for the oil and flour. Blend on high for a couple of minutes until completely smooth.In a small saucepan, heat the oil over medium-low. Add the flour and whisk well, then add the sauce to the pan and heat over low whisking occasionally. You may need to add a bit of additional water to get the desired consistency. It should be quite thick, but actually flow a little. In a large mixing bowl, combine the rice, beans, corn, salsa, and 1 ½ cups cheese. Mix well, then add in ½ cup of the sauce and mix again.Preheat oven to 350 F and coat a 9 x 13 in baking dish with a nonstick cooking spray. Divide the bean and rice mixture into 6 tortillas, fold into small burritos, and arrange in the baking dish. Cover evenly with the remaining enchilada sauce and bake at 350 F for 25 minutes. Remove from oven and cover with remaining cheese. Bake for 10 additional minutes, then remove from oven and allow to rest for 5 minutes.Garnish each enchilada with 1 Tbsp. of sour cream, some cilantro, a few slices of avocado, and diced tomato. Serve hot.
Details
Prep time: Cook time: Total time: Yield: 6 enchiladas
Produce On Parade - Black Bean, Corn & Red Rice Enchiladas - These are vegan, cheesy enchiladas made with a from scratch enchilada sauce. They're easy and full of good for you vegetables!
Produce On Parade - Black Bean, Corn & Red Rice Enchiladas - These are vegan, cheesy enchiladas made with a from scratch enchilada sauce. They're easy and full of good for you vegetables!
Produce On Parade - Black Bean, Corn & Red Rice Enchiladas - These are vegan, cheesy enchiladas made with a from scratch enchilada sauce. They're easy and full of good for you vegetables!

Good Deed of The Day

Did you know this?

Dutch Word of The Day

Black beans --> zwarte bonen (svar-teh bone-eh)