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Are you getting your menu ready for the Fourth of July? We’ve got an idea for you!

Lifestyle and eco-friendly expert Danny Seo gave a classic meat sandwich a plant-based twist!

Seo joined the PIX11 Morning News to show us how to make a hickory carrot BLT with a cashew pimento spread.

Cashew pimento spread (yields 3½ cups)


2 cups cashews (can substitute with raw sunflower seeds)
2 red bell peppers
½ cup refined coconut oil
2 teaspoons sea salt
4 garlic cloves
¼ cup nutritional yeast
One 8-ounce jar of pimento peppers

Make it:

• Place cashews in a heatproof bowl. Boil 4 cups of water and pour over cashews. Allow to sit for 10 minutes and drain.

• Destem and deseed red peppers. Remove white pith. Cut into a rough dice (approximately 3 cups).

• Peel and smash garlic cloves.

• To a blender, add soaked cashews, diced red peppers, coconut oil, salt, garlic cloves and nutritional yeast and process until completely smooth.

• Drain and rinse pimento peppers (approximately 1/2 cup). Pat dry and chop. Fold into cashew mixture. Cover and chill spread in refrigerator before serving.

Hickory carrot “bacon” BLT

To make carrot “bacon” (yields 1 1/2 cups ‘bacon’)


2 large carrots, peeled
½ teaspoon sea salt
2 teaspoons liquid smoke
2 tablespoons olive oil
1 tablespoon maple syrup
1 tablespoon organic corn starch

Make it:

• Peel carrots. Using peeler, cut carrots into long strips. Place carrot ribbons in a large bowl and gently massage with sea salt.

• Allow to sit for 5 minutes and squeeze out all excess liquid with hands.

• Toss carrot ribbons with liquid smoke, olive oil, maple syrup, and corn starch.

• Place in large nonstick pan, and cook on medium heat for 5 minutes, stirring constantly.

• Set oven on broil function. Spread carrot ribbons on wire-lined baking tray.

• Broil for 2 minutes or until some pieces are blistering, checking often to avoid burning carrots. Note: For crispier ‘bacon,’ cook carrot ribbons in air fryer at 375°F for 10 minutes.

• Sprinkle with additional pinch of salt.