Ginger and Sesame Roasted Carrots with Polenta

Polenta is one of the those underused and underrated ingredients in cooking. A packet that is bought in one attempt to try something new and then sits at the back of the cupboard for a year or two, waiting for the creative impulse to strike again. Well I am certainly guilty of giving it that treatment anyway, which is a shame because it is so fast, tasty and easy to cook with.

Polenta purists might not agree, but between the stone ground (coarser meal) and the fine ‘instant’ polenta, the latter is certainly the best way to go. If you are the sort of person who gets in from work ravenous enough that the thought of waiting for rice to boil makes gnawing your own arm off seem tempting, then I can highly recommend it. It makes a great (and gluten free) substitute for rice, cous cous, or indeed mash. Especially good served with meaty stews, thick n chunky soups or dressed, roasted veggies.

Ginger and Sesame Roasted Carrots with Polenta

The tip in this dish, is to roast the carrots the night before. A simple rub of olive oil and salt and a blast of the oven for half an hour and the next day dinner is as good as done, all you have to do is give the dressing a shake and simmer the polenta for a couple of minutes. Maybe toss to veggies in the frying pan, for a quick warm through… Other then take. Its just the eating is the part that I encourage you to take slowly.

For a more substantial dish, you can certainly serve with a piece of seared chicken, or a couple of poached eggs, if you fancy

Ginger and Sesame Roasted Carrots with Polenta


Ginger and Sesame Roasted Carrots with Polenta

This is a dressed, roasted carrot polenta dish is fit for any Peter Rabbit. However to make this dish vegan, simply omit the yoghurt and swap for a dairy free alternative

Serves 3-4

  • 1 cup soft, quick cook polenta
  • 500ml chicken, or veg stock
  • 1 tablespoon apple cider vinegar
  • 5 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  • 500g rainbow carrots
  • sea salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • 2 tablespoons black sesame seeds
  • a small handful parsley, roughly chopped
  • a small handful mint, roughly chopped
  • 1 teaspoon freshly grated ginger
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground coriander
  • 1/2 teaspoon honey, or maple syrup
  • 1 tablespoon apple cider vinegar
  • 100ml thick greek yoghurt, for serving

Ginger and Sesame Roasted Carrots with Polenta, Tess Ward, Quick, Easy, Polenta,


Pre heat the oven to 200 degrees celsius, gas mark 5

Slice the carrots in to rings, on an angle, making each about 2 inches wide.

Place the carrots on a baking tray, toss with 2 tablespoons of olive oil and a pinch of salt. Place the tray in the middle of the oven and leave to roast for 30 minutes, tossing the carrots in the tray halfway through.

Whisk the dressing ingredients in a bowl together with the final two tablespoons of extra virgin olive oil and a pinch of salt

Once the carrots are cooked, add the polenta to a saucepan with a tablespoon of olive oil, stock and a pinch of salt. Bring to the boil and then gently simmer, stirring as you do so, until the mixture begins to thicken. Once the polenta reaches the texture of thick porridge, remove from the heat and stir through the apple cider vinegar.

Once the carrots are cooked, remove from the oven and place in a bowl with the dressing, sesame seeds and chopped herbs. Mix to combine.

Pour the polenta onto a board and use the back of a spoon to smooth it over. Dollop over tablespoons of the thick greek yoghurt, then top with the herb dressed carrots.

Serve with some steamed greens and enjoy hot.

  1. Hello. I wondered if you have recipes that work for diabetics. I have been diabetic for several years and my 19 year old daughter was just diagnosed this week. It’s hard to find meals at times that comply with our limited diet. Thought you might have something new that we haven’t tried before.

    1. Hey,
      Do you mean recipes that are low in sugars? If so any of the recipes that have a low Gi would work for her. In my book id recommend the spiced lamb meatballs, the flax and ground almond bread and the chicken with red mole sauce. I know several people that have managed to reverse type 2 through diet.
      I hope this helps.

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