Sesame Carrot Spirals with Peanuts

Inspired by Asian Cuisine!
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Introducing a light and flavorful dish that’s as easy to make as it is delicious: Sesame Carrot Spirals with Peanuts. This recipe offers a quick and satisfying meal option that can be prepared in no time, and its ingredients also lend themselves well to creating a refreshing salad if you prefer something lighter.

While this dish is not authentically Asian, it draws inspiration from the flavors and ingredients commonly found in Asian cuisine. One of the key elements of this recipe is the use of carrot spirals, which can easily be found pre-packaged at stores like Trader Joe’s. However, if you have a spiralizer or similar gadget, you can create your own spirals using carrots, zucchini, or squash for a customized twist.

The combination of sesame, carrots, and peanuts provides a delightful blend of textures and flavors. The peanuts add a satisfying crunch to the dish, but if you have a peanut allergy, feel free to substitute them with other nuts or omit them altogether. Additionally, you can enhance the dish by incorporating additional elements such as LA CHOY Crunchy Chow Mein Noodles for an extra layer of texture.

The sesame dressing, with its soy sauce and nutty undertones, brings everything together, providing a savory and satisfying flavor profile. It eliminates the need for additional salt, as the roasted peanuts and soy sauce contribute to the necessary saltiness.

You’ll find that Sesame Carrot Spirals with Peanuts is not only a quick and easy meal option, but it’s also versatile. You can substitute the carrots with other similar vegetables, such as butternut squash, and pair them with pine nuts for a different yet equally delicious combination.

Enjoy the simplicity and flavor of this Asian-inspired dish, whether you choose to serve it as a meal or as a refreshing salad. Sesame Carrot Spirals with Peanuts is a fantastic way to incorporate vibrant flavors and textures into your culinary repertoire, and it’s sure to leave you satisfied and craving more.

Carrot SpiralThere are many gadgets where you can make spiral carrots, zucchini, or squash yourself but this was too easy to pass on. And frankly, you can replace the carrots with other similar vegetables and get similar results. I would say butternut squash with pine nuts could be an interesting combination.

This recipe uses peanuts but if you are allergic to peanuts simply use different nuts or none. I just like the crunchiness it adds to the meal. In the worst scenario right before serving, you can add something like LA CHOY Crunchy Chow Mein Noodles, you can get them in cans. Instead of adding salt, I use the roasted peanuts and of course, the soy sauce in the sesame dressing adds the rest of the salt necessary.

If you don’t have good sesame dressings available nearby simply make some by mixing:

  • 1/4 cup light soy sauce
  • 1 Tbsp Chinese sesame seed paste
  • 2 tbsp toasted sesame oil
  • 1/4 cup rice wine vinegar
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 1 1/2 tbsp honey or if you don’t have hone you can use 1 tbsp sugar
  • 1 clove of garlic
  • 2 tbsp diced ginger

You can mix it in a bowl or use a blender to get a very smooth liquid.

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Sesame Carrot Spirals with Peanuts

Difficulty: Easy Prep Time 10 mins Cook Time 10 mins Total Time 20 mins
Servings: 2

Description

This is a very light and easy meal, you can prepare it in a short time yet it is delicious, the ingredients also lend themselves to a salad if you are not in the mood to cook. Recently I came across carrot spirals at Trader Joe's and tried this recipe which worked nicely. It is not really Asian but inspired by Asian food and includes some of the flavors that I really like.

Ingredients

Instructions

  1. Wash and Chop a cup of mixed Cilantro, Green Onions and Parsley. Then in a pot heat a tablespoon of Olive Oil, when hot add garlic and swirl it a little before adding carrots and keep stirring for 3 minutes or so then add the herbs and peanuts and keep stirring until carrot is soft like noodle and the herbs are a little wilted, during the process, the peanuts get roasted a little and release their aroma. Then add the sesame dressing and serve!
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