Sweetly-glazed carrots and a heaping dollop of lentils sit atop a wilted bed of bok choy. While the flavors of this dish are drastically different, they all meld together perfectly with the help of the rich sunchoke cream. This dish is a foodie's dream.

Maple-Orange Carrots With Sunchoke Cream [Vegan]

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Ingredients

  • 1 cup green lentils, dry
  • Salt
  • Pepper
  • 2 cups water
  • 1 bunch carrots
  • 1 small shallot
  • 2 heads baby bok choy
  • Cilantro, for garnish (optional)

For the Marinade:

  • 1 orange, juiced
  • 2 tablespoons maple syrup
  • 1 tablespoon, plus 2 teaspoons avocado oil

For the Sunchoke Cream:

  • 8 ounces sunchokes, peeled
  • 1/3 cup cashews, soaked overnight or boiled for 5 min
  • 1 tablespoon chickpea or mellow white miso
  • 2 garlic cloves
  • 1 teaspoon umeboshi paste
  • Salt
  • Lemon juice, to taste
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Preparation

  1. Bring 2 cups of water to a boil. Add lentils and a pinch of salt and simmer until lentils are soft, approximately 20 minutes.
  2. In a separate pot, add the sunchokes and cover with an inch of water. Simmer until sunchokes are soft. Set aside to cool.
  3. Preheat the oven to 375°F.

To Make the Marinade:

  1. Add maple syrup, orange juice, and avocado oil to a small bowl. Whisk until emulsified.
  2. Slice the carrots in half lengthwise. Peel the shallot and slice thinly along the grain. Toss with half of the marinade and roast in oven until slightly brown, approximately 30 minutes.
  3. Slice the bok choy heads in half. Heat a pan with 2 teaspoons avocado oil on medium-high heat for 1 minute. Place the bok choy cut side down and sear for about 2 minutes, making sure not to burn.
  4. Heat a pan on low-medium heat. Add the remainder of the marinade and reduce until thick, approximately 5 minutes.

To Make the Sunchoke Cream Sauce:

  1. Combine all ingredients in blender and blend until smooth. Add water to thin out, as needed.

To Plate:

  1. Spoon a generous portion of the sunchoke cream to the bottom of a plate. Add the desired amount of lentils and top with carrots and bok choy. Drizzle with the maple orange reduction. Garnish with cilantro, if using.
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