Thursday, December 3, 2009

Peas & Carrots in Sesame Sauce

Growing up, we ate a lot of carrots as my mom grew them in her garden. While she used lots of carrots in sauces and stews, I remember carrots most in a slightly buttery sauce with peas. One of my great aunts grew lots of peas in her garden, and we had a steady supply of fresh peas during the summer. We had homegrown carrots well into the fall and early winter as my mom kept them in the dark cellar covered with a bit of moist sand. When there were no more fresh peas, she used a can of peas to make her peas & carrots dish.


We go through a lot of carrots in our house these days (unfortunately not homegrown). And the other day I realized that I hadn’t made (or eaten) peas & carrots in a very long time. I didn’t want to make the “usual” peas and carrots in a buttery sauce, so I added a bit of sesame sauce.


Peas & Carrots in Sesame Sauce


Ingredients

  • 6-7 large carrots, cut into slices
  • 2 cups frozen peas, thawed
  • 1 medium sized onion, diced
  • 3 cloves of garlic, minced
  • 3 tablespoons rice vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons low sodium soy sauce
  • 1 teaspoon sesame oil (or a bit more)
  • A few drops of agave nectar
  • toasted sesame seeds


I cut the carrots into slices on an angle.



I started by sautéing the diced onion in a bit of oil. Then I added the sliced carrots. After the carrots cooked for a few minutes, I added the minced garlic. I sautéed the carrots for about 7 minutes (they were still quite firm). Then I added the peas. Next I mixed together the soy sauce, vinegar, sesame oil, & agave nectar and added the sauce to the pan. I let everything cook for another 3-4 minutes until the liquid reduced a bit and the vegetables had absorbed the sauce. The carrots still had a bit of bite. Lastly, I added the toasted sesame seeds.


And here is the finished dish.




Questions: What is your favorite way to eat carrots? What’s your favorite way to eat peas?


Be well,

Andrea

46 comments:

  1. Mmmm....looks yummy! I like to eat my peas and carrots raw in a salad. I am a salad junkie! Peas are the special treat for me in a salad. :)
    Blessings!
    Amy

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  2. yum! I may just have to make this with my dinner tonight! thanks for the ideaaa

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  3. oh WOW that looks (and sounds) PERFECT!
    THANKS FOR THAT!!!!

    carrots...juiced with apple and ginger (wink)

    OR sautee'd with butter and mushrooms and rosemary (a childhood fav)

    MMMMMMMMMMMMM

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  4. My Mom use to make peas & carrots a lot, too.

    When it comes to my veggies, I am pretty plain. I prefer them steamed, but still a bit crisp, with a little S&P. I've never been a fan of sauces on them unless it's in a stirfry type dish.

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  5. A very nice side dish, so colorful and I like the addition of sesame sauce!

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  6. I like carrots raw the best, and I like peas best when they're cold and in a chef's salad.

    Your photog skills...so impressive! I know I've said that before, but I just love'em!

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  7. I like carrots raw. I used to drench them in Ranch dressing but fortunately broke that habit!

    You know I'm embarrassed to say this, but my favorite way to eat peas is those canned Leseur peas. {cringing}

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  8. A classic dish. Yum!!! i love the sauce you paired it with.

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  9. Looks a delicious side dish! I'm boring and I like my carrots raw, preferably on salad. I am not a huge fan of plain peas but I don't mind them when they're mixed in with other vegetables.

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  10. i love your asian-inspired meals...this looks like a great addition to any meal. all hail veggies!

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  11. I never woulda thought to make that combo. I am not a big sesame fan, but this looks good.

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  12. I love carrots.. anyway at all really! Peas are icky though... ;) LOL! I love carrots with butter & brown sugar to be honest... not the healthiest way, but oh sooo good!

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  13. What gorgeous photos and tasty combination!

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  14. This looks so delicious. Anything tastes good with a bit of sesame sauce! Seriously, I love it.

    I eat carrots, raw, with peanut butter. I love them cooked too, just with some brown sugar and butter.

    I don't eat peas, at all, but I do like them.

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  15. My fave way to eat carrots is glazed with a little maple syrup. Best side dish ever for company, too.

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  16. Beautiful dish!

    This automatically causes me to quote Forrest Gump :)

    I love carrots raw, and I don't eat peas often, but I actually like them almost any way.

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  17. I gotta try this agave nectar. I see it, but never buy it. Ugh.

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  18. Peas and carrots are some of the few veggies I can eat plain because they're so tasty! But my favorite way to have them is in fried rice. I have to try your gorgeous dish too, since it looks tasty, healthy, and oh so pretty :)

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  19. I love big ole chunks of carrots in stew! Yumo.

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  20. Gosh I love carrots a bunch of different ways - too hard to choose!

    Raw on salads, in juice, cooked, in cake... ;)

    Peas? My favorite way to eat them is out fresh out of the pod. Hands down!

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  21. Sesame oil makes everything better! Yum!

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  22. Looks wonderful and I'm not a fan of peas!

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  23. Beautiful. I love sesame oil, it's so fragrant, and I bet these veggies are amazing. I'm going to try growing sesame seeds next year. Maybe I can make my own oil???

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  24. I will eat anything sesame seed oil. Mmmm.. Including all my vegetables - delicious!

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  25. Hey, I'm always a fan of Peas & Carrots - I love this version! :)

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  26. Great pictures. Sounds like you had some good eats growing up! Homegrown carrots are the best...there's something about the earthiness that is given in the taste by growing them yourself. Homegrown peas also taste particularly sweet, although I've spent hours shucking them!

    My favorite thing to do with peas is to combine them with a few other ingredients and puree them into a soup. As for carrots, I enjoy them best straight up.

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  27. I love peas with carrots, and remember them slathered in butter! This is something to try for sure! I love the idea of sesame oil and your photos are lovely, too!

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  28. Mmmmm...very colourful and healthy. I would like that.

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  29. I usually hate peas and carrots simply because they are bland and flavorless but after seeing how you gave them a new life by adding sesame sauce, I am so willing to give them a 2nd chance :)

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  30. Yum, they look delish! Thanks for sharing!

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  31. Everything is good with sesame sauce! Yummy and healthy!

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  32. I love sesame oil... I'm going to have to try this. Thanks for sharing :)

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  33. what a wonderful twist to what can be a pretty "boring" dish!

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  34. I really enjoy pan roasted carrots with balsamic-- makes a great side dish. I also grew up eating a lot of peas and carrots in butter-- love your healthier, updated version!

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  35. Nice! Simple, with all the great components tied into one dish.

    I actually HATE cooked carrots with a passion. I just like them raw!

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  36. that looks so good - what a great side! I've never been a pea person - only blackeyed in soups. As far as carrots, I usually eat them raw with hummus (if at all) - but I want to try this hot recipe!

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  37. Quick and easy with an Asian twist. Looks great Andrea :)

    The ones I really enjoyed eating growing up were filled with butter and sugar to my dismay. Fortunately I've learned of better ways to make them just as tasty without making it too unhealthy.

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  38. Andrea - This is one jazzy take on the old peas and carrots! Brava! And congrats on making the FoodBuzz Top 9, too! Woot!

    ~Cleo
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  39. These look AMAZING!

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  40. I love sauteeing carrots in a bit of habanero oil! Sweet and spicy!
    Congrats on Foodbuzz Top 9. Its one of my goals someday!

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  41. That sounds fab! I want to try!
    My favorite carrots are what my aunt makes- I don't know her methodology (I think I have to just WATCH HER MAKE THEM), but it involves ginger and butter. Mmm.

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  42. I eat lots of carrots - raw with a yogurt dip, cooked in stews and pasta souces, and shredded in salads. Favorite way to eat them? Does carrot cake count? :)

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