So you’ve got your turkey ordered and your silver’s polished, now what to serve on the side? Almond Breeze has some great recipes for side dishes packed with nutrition and flavour. Sweet Potato Hummus to start, a Cream of Carrot Soup, Moroccan Quinoa Salad and a smoothie!
Sweet Potato Hummus
Roasted sweet potatoes and shallots are puréed with chickpeas for a sweet and savoury homemade hummus.
Prep Time: 15 minutes Cook Time: 30 minutes
Yield: 12 servings
1 sweet potato, peeled and chopped (about 2 cups)
3 shallots, peeled and halved
4 cloves garlic, peeled
1/3 cup (75 mL) olive oil
3/4 tsp (4 mL) salt
1/2 tsp (2 mL) freshly ground pepper
1 can (540 mL) chickpeas, drained
1/2 cup (125 mL) Almond Breeze® Vanilla
1/4 cup (60 mL) tahini
1/4 tsp (1 mL) each paprika and ground cumin
Carrot and celery sticks
Whole grain crackers
Toss together sweet potato, shallots, garlic, 2 tbsp (30 mL) of the olive oil and 1/4 tsp each salt and pepper. Spread on baking sheet; bake in 400°F (200°C) oven for 20 to 30 minutes until tender. Let
In food processor, purée sweet potatoes, shallots, garlic, chickpeas, Almond Breeze, tahini, remaining olive oil, remaining salt and pepper, paprika and cumin until smooth. Sprinkle with extra paprika
before serving if desired.
Serve with carrot and celery sticks, and whole grain crackers.
Cream of Carrot Soup with Almond Croutons
Simple, warming and delicious. The perfect creamy soup made even better with crunchy almond croutons!
Yield: 4 Servings
2 1/2 lbs (1.125 kg) carrots, peeled and chopped
2 slices whole grain bread*
1 tbsp (15 mL) extra-virgin olive oil
2 tbsp (30 mL) sliced almonds
1/2 cup (125 mL) Almond Breeze® Unsweetened Original
1/2 tsp (2 mL) fresh tarragon, finely chopped
1/2 tsp (2 mL) fresh sage, finely chopped
1/2 tsp (2 mL) sea salt, separated
1/2 tsp (2 mL) freshly ground black pepper, separated
Preheat oven to 350˚ F (180˚C).
In a large pot, cover carrots with cold water and season with sea salt and pepper. Cover and bring to a boil, then
reduce to low-heat and simmer for 25 minutes or until the carrots are tender. Remove from heat and allow to
cool. Reserve 1 cup (250 mL) of the cooking water.
Meanwhile, slice bread into 1/4 inch (5 mm) cubes to make croutons. Add cubed bread to a large mixing bowl with
olive oil and sliced almonds. Gently toss to combine. Place croutons onto a baking sheet and bake in the oven for
15-20 minutes or until golden brown and crunchy.
Transfer the carrots and 1 cup of cooking water to a blender; pulse until smooth. Add almond beverage, tarragon,
sage and remaining sea salt and pepper; puree soup until well combined. Transfer soup to four serving
bowls. Serve warm topped with almond croutons.
*Recipe can be made gluten-free by using gluten-free bread
Moroccan Quinoa Salad with Sweet Potato and Spinach
Prep Time: 15 Minutes Cook Time: 30 Minutes
Yield: 4 servings
1 sweet potato, peeled and chopped
2 tbsp (30 mL) olive oil
1/4 tsp (1 mL) each salt and freshly ground
pepper 2 cups (500 mL) cooked quinoa
2 cups (500 mL) fresh baby spinach
1/4 cup (60 mL) diced red onion
1/4 cup (60 mL) sliced dried apricots
1/4 cup (60 mL) sliced natural almonds
1/4 cup (60 mL) pomegranate seeds (arils)
2 tbsp (30 mL) chopped fresh cilantro
1/2 cup (125 mL) Almond Breeze® Unsweetened Vanilla
1/4 cup (60 mL) olive oil
2 tbsp (30 mL) lemon juice
1 tbsp (15 mL) Dijon mustard
1 clove garlic, minced
1/4 tsp (1 mL) each salt and freshly ground pepper
Dressing: In blender, combine Almond Breeze, olive oil, lemon juice, mustard, garlic, salt and pepper;
blend until smooth.
Toss together sweet potato, olive oil, salt and pepper; spread on baking sheet. Bake in 400°F (200°C)
oven for about 30 minutes or until fork-tender; let cool.
Combine sweet potatoes with quinoa, spinach, onion, apricots, almonds, pomegranate seeds and
cilantro; toss with 1/3 cup (75 L) Dressing. (Refrigerate remaining dressing for another use.)
Yield: 2 Servings
Fresh pomegranates are a holiday season favourite, but this fresh smoothie lets you indulge in the sweet, tart taste
of pomegranate all year round!
1 cup (250 mL) Almond Breeze® Vanilla
1/2 cup (125 mL) pomegranate juice
1 cup (250 g) frozen unsweetened strawberries, partially thawed
1 ripe banana, peeled, sliced
Blend all ingredients in a blender until smooth. Pour into a glass and serve immediately.
*Sponsored by Almond Breeze