Spiralized Carrots with Cranberry Tarragon Goat Cheese Salad : Return of the Veggetti

According to Live with Kelly and Michael, Wednesday is the new Friday.  So, for whatever that declaration is worth to you, it’s almost the weekend again!

I’m really getting into the WIAW (What I Ate Wednesday) World.  It was created by Jenn at Peas and Crayons – an amazing blog with spectacular recipes – many of which are on my “food bucket list”.  Also, I would love to be Internet friends with Jenn.  #blogbuddies
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For this week’s WIAW post, I made a spiralized carrots with cranberry tarragon goat cheese salad.  I felt like it would be very fallish (word?) of me and also pretty and delicious – so why not, right?  Right.

Return of the Veggetti

Remember when I posted about the Veggetti?  Google webmaster sure does.

 So, I grabbed my handy little ASOT (As Seen On TV) companion and proceeded to make salad magic, oh yes.

delish.
delish.

For this salad you will need, carrots (the shorter and thicker the circumference, the better), goat cheese*, walnuts (chopped, or give whole ones a good bashing), dried cranberries, tarragon, olive oil, and garlic.

salad magic
salad magic

*I used this brand, which was an easy (and delicious) step.  Prep for a DIY version would be mixing together crumbled goat cheese, dried cranberries, and dried tarragon (refrigerate for 2 hours prior to making salad).

sooo. good.
sooo. good.

Ingredients: 

  • 2 large carrots (cleaned and peeled)
  • 1/2 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 tbsp of cranberry tarragon goat cheese (or 1 TBSP plain crumbled mixed with 1/2 tsp of dried cranberries and 1/2 tsp of dried tarragon)
  • 1 tbsp or crushed walnuts
  • 1 clove of garlic, minced
  • 1 tsp salt and pepper

To spiralize your carrot, stick it in and give it a spin.  I bet Hilah would appreciate that slogan.  Hilah is another Internet friend I long for.  Hilah, can you hear me?  Didn’t think so.

this describes my life right now.  perfectly.
this describes my life right now. perfectly.

 Once you get your carrot all spiralized and beautimous, drizzle 1/2 tbsp of olive oil and add in 1 tbsp of chopped walnuts along with your one chopped clove of garlic.  Mix carrots, olive oil, walnuts, and garlic together evenly.  Add in 1 tbsp of goat cheese mixture, 1 tsp of salt and pepper and mix, again, thoroughly.  Chill for about 30 minutes prior to serving.  Makes two, half cup sized servings.**

**Serving size and ingredient amounts will vary depending on how big you want to make your salad.  I used two large carrots which made 1 cup of salad.  My suggestion is, for every additional cup of salad you want to prepare, add an additional tablespoon of cheese mixture, 1/2 tbsp of olive oil, 1/2 tbsp of walnuts, additional garlic, salt, and pepper to taste.

 

Nutrition per 1/2  cup of salad:

100 calories

7.5 grams of fat (6 of which are healthy fats you need!)

3 grams of protein

Not forgetting the added β-carotene (Betacarotene) which our bodies convert into much needed vitamin A that we need for healthy skin and mucus membranes, our immune system, and good eye health and vision.

pretty, festive, and healthy.
pretty, festive, and healthy.

It seems like everybody is jumping on the spiralized wagon.  However, most people actually own a real spiralizer, but I’m going to do me, and stick to my Veggetti.  I bought my Veggetti about 5 months ago for $14.99 and it’s still going strong.  In fact, right now I think they are BOGO.  So worth it!   #buyaveggetti

Do you spiralize?

xoxo

Erin
Healthy living for the mind and body by NASM certified personal trainer, nutritional therapist, and life coach, Erin Campbell Thompson.

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