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Yam and Carrot Delight & Kickin’ Cranberry Sauce

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Yam and Carrot Delight & Kickin’ Cranberry Sauce

Yam and Carrot Delight

This is a great twist on the traditional Yam Casserole for Thanksgiving. Carrots make this dish lighter and rich tasting. Serving it in oranges makes it fun and colorful – adding a sparkle to your Thanksgiving meal. You can also serve it without marshmallows and pecans if you prefer. It’s oh so delicious!

8 oranges
3 medium yams
1 ½ lb. carrots, peeled and cut into 1 inch pieces
2 cups water
1 cup Earth balance** or butter
1 cup  2 % milk
¼ cup sour cream
3 tablespoons coconut sugar
1 teaspoon cinnamon
¼ teaspoon nutmeg
1  teaspoon sea salt
½ cup pecan halves
1 cup vegan mini marshmallows*

  • Wash yams, cut deep slit in each and bake in pan at 375 degrees until tender (around 1 hour.) Cool slightly and remove skins.
  • Place carrots in saucepan with water, ½ cup of Earth balance, 2 tablespoons of coconut sugar. Bring to a boil and cook for 20 minutes or until carrots are soft.
  • Heat oven to 425 degrees.
  • In food processor, puree cooked yams, carrots with remaining liquid from cooking carrots, ½ cup Earth Balance, milk, sour cream, cinnamon, nutmeg and salt. Puree for 5 minutes or until mixture is very creamy.
  • Prepare oranges by cutting tops off oranges. Using a paring knife, cut along edge of the orange flesh where the rind connects and scoop out with spoon, removing as much as possible. (Save inside part of oranges for a fruit salad or snack).
  • Fill oranges with puree. If you like, place marshmallows along edge of orange and a couple of pecan halves in the middle.
  • Place oranges in pan and put in oven for 2-3 minutes or until marshmallows are just browned. Be careful not to burn.
  • Serve extra filling on the side either heated or at room temperature.

Serves: 8

Total cooking time: 1.5 hours


*We use Dandies Vegan Marshmallows. Can be found at Whole Foods.

Ingredients: Vegan Beet Sugar, Corn Syrup, Corn Starch, Corn Dextrose, Water, Carrageenan, Soy Protein, Natural Vanilla Flavor, Titanium Dioxide (a natural mineral), Salt.

Contains Soy. Gluten Free. 100% Vegan. Certified Kosher.

**Earth Balance is a buttery spread that does not contain any hydrogenated or interesterified oils, preservatives or emulsifiers found in most margarines and other butter alternatives. It is a natural option with 0g of trans fat. It includes different types of oils, including olive and coconut.


Responses to your Comments!

“I’m unclear how this is “100% VEGAN” when it has both milk AND sour cream??”

The ingredient list was just for the marshmallows.  We were so excited that we found any that weren’t just made with corn syrup!

“And where is the soy protein it warns against at the bottom coming from?”

Once again just in the marshmallows.

“Looks delicious but we don’t have a food processor!”

Try using a stand mixer or with a hand held electric mixer.


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9:08PM PDT on May 19, 2013

Yummy! Thanks!

12:59PM PST on Nov 22, 2012


8:27AM PST on Nov 14, 2012

Those are one of the cutest looking foods I've ever seen. I just made sweet potato casserole before making this and I'm kind of upset that its just sitting beautifully in an ugly casserole dish when it could be inside of an orange...

3:09AM PST on Nov 14, 2012


1:00PM PST on Nov 13, 2012


12:43PM PST on Nov 13, 2012

I didn't know about vegan marshmallows but other ingredients are not vegan, but thanks for the info!

8:36AM PST on Nov 13, 2012

Thanks for the ideas.

8:08AM PST on Nov 13, 2012

Thank you

5:41AM PST on Nov 13, 2012

Thanks for sharing!

3:27AM PST on Nov 13, 2012

Thanks...agree with Nicole

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