Golden Carrot & Parsnip Coins for Health and Prosperity


Most of us are hoping for a year full of promise, with good health and good fortune. And whether you’re superstitious or not, a little insurance never hurts. So I like to start the year off with some golden carrot and parsnip coins. They’re a delicious way to promote wellness, and are golden-hued with varying round shapes, much like coins. I first enjoyed and shared this recipe over a decade ago, and am giving it an update today!

Golden Carrot and Parsnip Coins for Health and Prosperity - Lightly glazed recipe to bring out the natural sweetness of the vegetables. Dairy-free, gluten-free, plant-based, allergy-friendly.

Golden Carrot and Parsnip Coins for Health and Prosperity

If you think I’m reaching, just look at some current New Year traditions. In the south, leafy greens signify the all-might dollar, while black-eyed peas arose as a symbol of prosperity from a Civil War legend. Pork symbolizes progress and pushing forward and living “high on the hog,” and in Japan, noodles signify longevity. These carrot and parsnip coins aren’t steeped in tradition (yet!), but in my opinion, they’re the perfect symbol for health and wealth.

Unlucky Foods to Avoid on New Year’s

All good symbols can be counteracted by an evil one. Try to hold out on those cravings for luxurious lobster (if not simply for the ridiculous price tag!). They travel backward, which symbolizes setbacks when consumed for New Year’s – we certainly don’t need more of those! Also, for you frugal foodies, take a day break from chicken; they scratch backwards, which can cause dwelling in the past. In fact, all “winged” fowl could cause good luck to “fly away.” Not that I am superstitious or anything!

Special Diet Notes: Golden Carrot and Parsnip Coins

By ingredients, this recipe is dairy-free / non-dairy, egg-free, gluten-free, grain-free, nut-free, peanut-free, soy-free, optionally vegan, plant-based, and vegetarian.

Golden Carrot and Parsnip Coins
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This fortuitous recipe is adapted from The "coins" are very lightly glazed - just enough to enhance the natural parsnip and carrot sweetness.
Recipe type: Side
Cuisine: American
Serves: 4 servings
  • 2 cups vegetable broth, or more as needed (can sub water)
  • 1 pound carrots, peeled and sliced into ¼ inch rounds
  • 1 pound parsnips, peeled and sliced into ¼ inch rounds
  • 1 tablespoon oil or dairy-free buttery spread (I use coconut oil)
  • 2 teaspoons honey, maple syrup, or agave nectar
  • 1 small onion, sliced into thin wedges
  • ⅛ teaspoon salt, or to taste
  1. Bring the broth to a boil in a medium saucepan. Add the carrots and parsnips and allow them to cook for 10 to 12 minutes, or until just tender. Drain the vegetables. You can optionally reserve the broth for soup.
  2. Heat the oil or buttery spread in a large skillet over medium-low heat. Add the onions and saute until tender and translucent, 3 to 5 minutes.
  3. Add the sweetener, carrots, and parsnips. Saute for just a minute or two, until the vegetables are glazed and heated through.
  4. Season with salt.

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About Author

Alisa is the founder of, Food Editor for Allergic Living magazine, and author of the best-selling dairy-free book, Go Dairy Free: The Guide and Cookbook for Milk Allergies, Lactose Intolerance, and Casein-Free Living, and the new cookbook, Eat Dairy Free: Your Essential Cookbook for Everyday Meals, Snacks, and Sweets. Alisa is also a professional recipe creator and product ambassador for the natural food industry.

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