The only animals being eaten around here are chocolate bunnies.
This year Easter Monday falls on Meatless Monday. The Substantial Salad for this occasion is Moroccan-inspired with some ingredients borrowed from carrot cake: Carrot and Raisin Salad. The main spices used to flavour this salad are cinnamon and cumin.
Cinnamon has been used as both food and medicine. The essential oil extracted from the steam distillation process is also used in therapeutic aromatherapy applications. Amongst highlights of this spice’s benefits are anti-microbial properties and regulation of blood sugar. Cumin has a significant amount of iron, is good for digestion and has anti-carcinogenic properties.
The salad part is easy. Just mix a handful of raisins with some cooked carrots. Use as many as you like but a couple big ones will do for a 2-serving salad. There is more anti-oxidant bang for your buck by cooking the carrots so try lightly steaming them and then finish off the cooking in a pan with a little argan oil, garlic and powdered cinnamon and cumin. Add a splash of liver-detoxifying lemon juice (and perhaps some orange blossom water to get into the Moroccan spirit) to complete the flavour profile. Almonds also make a nice addition to this salad to ground it and give it a hit of protein. This salad can be eaten warm or cool and is naturally vegan.