Carrot Cake Sandwich

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Absolutely messy…but worth every finger lick. This is a great Easter dessert for kiddos & for the kids in all of us!

So go ahead & top off your chocolate bunny filled bellies with this delicious recipe…and if you aren’t leaning towards cookies this year try my vegan carrot cake or carrot cake donuts recipes!

Let’s get to the yum…

  1. Preheat the oven to 350degrees & line 2 baking sheets with parchment paper
  2. In a small bowl toss 2C shredded carrots & 3T brown sugar – then line a colander with 2 paper towels & place mixture inside to let seep – set aside for 10minutes
  3. In a large bowl whisk together 1C flour, 1/2C brown sugar, 1t cinnamon 1/4t baking soda & 1/4t salt
  4. In a microwavable bowl melt 2T butter then stir in: 2T canola oil, 1t grated orange rind, 1/2t vanilla extract & 1 egg
  5. Combine the liquid bowl with the dry & then add the carrot mixture
  6. Grab your cookie sheets, drop dough roughly 2 inches apart (~ 14cookies) & bake for ~11minutes

While baking whisk together 4oz cream cheese, 2T melted butter, 1/4t vanilla extract & 1/8t salt – then slowly add in 1C powdered sugar. Whisk or beat for 3minutes til mixture gets thicker.

Nutritional Info Per Sandwich (Makes 6): as mentioned in prior posts, calories don’t count during the holidays 

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Easter Lamb Burgers with Roasted Cauliflower

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HAPPY EASTER EVERYONE! We are back in my hometown enjoying family fun and last night I decided to cook an early Easter dinner. I was thinking about a fancy lamb dinner – however, I decided to turn it down a notch & grill up some lamb burgers since it was such a beautiful day! I paired the burgers with roasted cauliflower (kind of like fries, right?) – and they were amazing! Both of these will be cooked up again with only more gorgeous sunny days heading our way!

Enjoy your day with your family & loved ones – maybe even spice up your night with an Easterita!

Lamb Burger:

  1. In a large bowl blend: 3lbs ground lamb, 2/3C chopped mint, 4t paprika, 1.5t cinnamon, 1t salt & 3T EVOO – make 8 patties 
  2. Grill the patties or cook on a skillet for 4minutes on either side
  3. Meanwhile, slice 8 ciabatta buns & place in preheated broiler till golden
  4. In side bowl mix: 3C baby spinach, 1.5C crumbled feta cheese, 1 sliced red onion

Dill Sauce:

  1. Combine 2C fage 0%, 1/3C chopped dill, 3T chopped mint, 4 cloves minced garlic, juice from 1 lemon, 1/2 chopped cucumber (peeled) & add S/P to taste – stir & refrigerate

Now on to the roasted cauliflower…

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Roasted Cauliflower:

  1. Preheat oven to 425degrees with both racks relatively in the middle of oven & place 2 baking sheets in oven as it heats
  2. Slice up 2 heads of cauliflower – drizzle with EVOO, S/P (as much as you want) & toss
  3. Remove baking sheets, place cauliflower on sheets & roast for 25minutes
  4. In a skillet mix: 2C torn french bread pieces (about size of raisins) & 1T EVOO – stir around till bread gets crisp (8minutes) – reserve in large bowl
  5. In the same skillet add: 4T minced garlic, 1/2t red pepper flakes 1/2C chopped golden raisins, 4T sherry vinegar (not the same as sherry cooking wine!) & 4T water – once liquid  evaporates a bit put it all in the reserved bowl
  6. Once cauliflower is fully roasted mix in to the reserved bowl

To serve, place burger on toasted bun, a dollop of the dill sauce on the buthrt, top with the spinach/feta mix & scoop a spoonful of the roasted cauliflower on the side! This meal was am Easter hit. Hope you enjoy & Happy Easter!

Nutritional Info Per Burger without Bun & Spinach Mix (Makes 8 Burgers): 380calories – 28 grams of fat – <1 carbs – 29 grams of protein
Nutritional  Info Per Dill Sauce (Serves 8): 30 calories – 0 fat – 3 carbs – 5 grams of protein
Nutritional Info Per Serving of Cauliflower (Serves 8): 100 calories – 4 grams of fat – 17 grams of carb – 2 grams of protein                         
 

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