As you know, I love to play host and throw all sorts of parties, big and small.
And I also really enjoy the planning process like making invitations, deciding on a menu and choosing decorations. Today, in preparation for an upcoming event, I’m trying out a new recipe, Royal Carrot Dip.
The idea for this dip came to me after my morning yoga class.
As I was heading home, I was reflecting on the new yoga pose I had just attempted and wondered what else I could learn today. And just like that I knew it was time for a brand-new royal recipe.
Since I already had a fresh bunch of carrots, I decided to feature them in my latest creation.
I looked around the kitchen – in the fridge, the pantry, the fruit bowl – and picked ingredients that I knew would complement the carrots. Of course, I included Quark!
The thing about Quark, is that it goes with everything. In this case, I knew it would make a perfect base for a sauce or a dip because of its mild flavor and the fact that it’s easy to spread. It would be fun to mix in carrots and other healthy items for unique appetizer.
Quark is seriously one of the most versatile products you'll ever find, and it instantly makes your dish healthier, whether you use a store-bought version or you make it at home (which, by the way, is super easy).
When I think of carrots, I think of how they are so good for your eyesight, thanks to the high levels of vitamin A.
But carrots are also a tremendous source of fiber and have significant levels of vitamins K (good for blood and bone health) and B6 (supports brain and nerve development).
Carrots are also made up of antioxidants, which may lower blood pressure and even work to prevent cancer.
Olive oil and garlic are two of the things that I probably use every day.
Olive oil is my go-to for frying, baking, and grilling because it’s rich in antioxidants, including a fatty acid that fights inflammation. What’s more, I never worry that it’s buttery, fruity flavor will overpower other ingredients (instead, it blends so well!).
In terms of flavor, garlic is on the other end of the spectrum; it has a whole lot of flavor and a little goes a long way. It’s antibacterial (which means it keeps colds at bay), a source of vitamins C and B6, and has loads of additional medicinal properties (protects against respiratory infections, allergies, and blood clots to name a few).
I chose walnuts because of their meaty taste and the fact that I always have some on hand for snacking!
Walnuts are rich in vitamin E and essential Omega 3s. In fact, just one walnut provides the recommended daily amount of an Omega 3 fat called alpha-linolenic acid, which may reduce your risk of heart disease.
Tip: Since plain Quark doesn’t have any added salt,
you’ll want to add a dash to your dip to help bring out all of the flavors.
It’s up to you to decide what to serve with your delicious and nutritious dip. I’m going to offer raw veggies as well as crackers. Just make sure you have enough to go around!
Royal Carrot Dip
- 1/4 cup olive oil (virgin, if possible)
- 3-4 carrots, peeled and shredded
- 1/3 cup walnuts, finely chopped
- 3/4 tsp sea salt
- 1-2 garlic cloves, peeled and crushed
- 2 cups plain fresh Quark (homemade or store-bought)
- Heat the olive oil in a large skillet over medium heat.
- Add the shredded carrots and cook until they begin to soften.
- Next add the chopped walnuts and the salt.
- Reduce heat to medium and continue cooking, stirring occasionally, for 5 or 6 minutes, or until the carrots are completely soft and beginning to brown and the nuts are golden.
- Add the crushed garlic and stir for another 30 seconds to 1 minute, or until fragrant.
- Then remove from heat and allow to cool slightly.
- Pour the Quark into a medium bowl and add the warm carrot mixture.
- Gently stir the carrot mixture into the Quark.
- Drizzle with herbs (optional) before serving with vegetable sticks or whole grain crackers.