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Ten Ways to Eat More Carrots

By Allison Kociuruba, February 9, 2011  |  Meet the Blogger  |  More Posts by Allison Kociuruba
Often hidden in a mix of onions and celery, carrots are one of the most popular building blocks of the recipes we make (and enjoy) each day. Shine a spotlight on carrots with some of the ideas below and enjoy a healthy dose of flavor, color and sweetness. Carrots last a long time in the crisper drawer of your refrigerator, so buy a big bag and cook with them for weeks. If you purchase carrots with the leafy green tops, make sure to trim off the greens before storing so they don’t draw any of the moisture away from the carrots. 1. Steam peeled and sliced carrots and toss with a mixture of freshly grated lime zest, chopped cilantro and a pinch of cayenne pepper. 2. Add a cup of chopped carrots to your favorite rice pilaf mix about 5 minutes before it’s done. The  steam will cook the carrots as the rice finishes. 3. Add chopped carrots to your favorite soup recipes (or a can of low-sodium soup) and simmer until tender. 4. Pick up some chicken or potato salad from prepared foods and add shredded carrots for color and flavor. 5. Toss shredded carrots with non-fat Greek yogurt, lemon juice, minced garlic and parsley, and use as a topping for grilled meats or fish. 6. Use a vegetable peeler lengthwise along the carrots to make carrot “ribbons” and cook in a skillet just until tender (add zucchini too!). 7. Toss chunks of carrots and parsnips with a little olive oil or vegetable broth, salt and pepper and roast in a 400°F oven until browned and fork-tender. Sprinkle with freshly chopped herbs and serve as a side dish with a rotisserie chicken. 8. Cook soba noodles in boiling water, adding shredded carrots and small broccoli florets to the cooking water 2 minutes before the noodles are done. Drain and toss with peanut sauce and chopped cilantro. 9. Make a dip. Simmer carrots until tender, then puree with some of the cooking water and other ingredients like in this Carrot Cashew Spread. 10. Add some shredded carrots to the batter for your baked goods. Carrot-Oat Cake and Morning Glory Muffins are two of our favorites featuring carrots. What’s your favorite way to enjoy carrots?
Category: Food & Recipes, Produce

 

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Brittany says ...
I like to add carrots to chili and good stir fry. My daughter also loves to snck on them. Love salad? It makes a great salad topper!
02/09/2011 7:57:10 AM CST
Olganic says ...
I like to make a Orange Carrot Curry Soup
02/09/2011 8:11:49 AM CST
Amanda says ...
I just eat carrots and cucumbers sliced length-wise and dipped in ranch for an awesome snack...and I always end up eating them long before I can get around to cooking with them!
02/09/2011 11:54:44 AM CST
Dawn says ...
Great bunch of suggestions. I've never seen much more to carrots than boil 'em, roast 'em or grate them into a salad. How I've been missing out! I particularly like the idea of shredding and adding to yogurt and using as a dressing. Carrots are a very healthful vegetable so that any ideas for using them in their raw state is super helpful. As soon as a vegetable is cooked the lactic acid bacteria within are destroyed - along with any potential probiotics - so by eating more vegetables raw, we benefit our health.
02/09/2011 1:18:44 PM CST
Mary says ...
I just love carrots. They are one of my favorit veggies. My mother would alway put them in with potatoes whenever she cooked roast (beef or pork) and sometimes when she roasted chicken. At one of my favorite restaurants, I order their Thai Carrot Bisque quite often.
02/09/2011 10:24:11 PM CST
C. Garg says ...
I love to add shredded carrots to a tomato based pasta sauce! It adds a very mild, natural, sweetness to cut the acidity of the tomato, and it helps to give the sauce a really nice texture.
02/11/2011 9:37:58 AM CST
Cora Mae Ofstie says ...
I love carrots! Raw especially!!
02/11/2011 9:49:26 AM CST
Peggy Bell says ...
There is an Asian Indian dish that is a sweet dessert ... made from carrots! Delicious stuff.
02/11/2011 9:58:54 AM CST
Valencia says ...
I like to run carrots through my Jack LaLanne Power Juicer. I love carrot juice -- it's so naturally sweet!
02/11/2011 10:48:50 AM CST
Carmen says ...
We enjoy cauliflower/carrot curry soup.
02/11/2011 10:52:58 AM CST
TheDailyDish says ...
<a href="http://thedailydish.us/dessert/carrot-cake/" rel="nofollow">Carrot Cake</a> always draws oooh &amp; ahhhs, but I love <a href="http://thedailydish.us/cookies/carrot-cookies/" rel="nofollow">Carrot COOKIES</a> too! And if you're looking for a tasty new side dish with boatloads of flavor, <a href="http://thedailydish.us/side-dishes/carrots-with-indian-spices/" rel="nofollow">Carrots with Indian Spices</a> are sublime.
02/11/2011 11:18:58 AM CST
Linda Hanners says ...
Carrots are awesome cooked with Yukon Gold potatoes and mashed just like regular mashed potatoes. Also raw shredded with mandarin oranges in a orange jello salad.
02/13/2011 7:49:08 AM CST
Andrew says ...
1. Raw. Nothing better 2. Roasted with parsnip, honey, a little bit of olive oil, rosemary, sage, pepper...
02/13/2011 10:22:45 PM CST
Stefanie says ...
I like raw carrots the best. They are great snacking food. I also add them to stir-fries and stuffing.
02/16/2011 3:10:51 PM CST
Princess Presto says ...
I like to shred carrots with beets, toss with honey and lemon juice. Instant pretty summer salad for the kids.
02/16/2011 4:03:50 PM CST
Señor Madera Roja de la Secoya says ...
Remember that most of the carrot recipes can be used with sweet potatoes, too.
02/16/2011 5:15:18 PM CST
chris says ...
I make a great pickled vegetable combo that I believe has it's origins in Vietnam.(phonetically)sounds like Haam (doesn't rhyme with spam) Shoon. It is pickled carrots, daikon and green papaya. Awesome with sugar, salt, vinegar and water. Makes a sweet and sour bath.
02/16/2011 5:36:23 PM CST
Laurel says ...
How could you forget the ultimate - SUNSHINE SALAD. Grated carrots (and other veggies as desired; we like grated zucchini also!) in lemon Jello. This was popular in the 50s, but it is still good! It was always served with a dollop of Miracle Whip or mayo on the top! (Miracle Whip isn't really mayo, but has a "tang" that complements the salad.) You could also substitute Vegenaise. I also add some fresh lemon juice to the mixture (before it gels) -- I especially like Meyer lemons when in season! -- and some zested lemon peel. Really brightens up the taste of the Jello. You can also use ginger ale or carbonated soda instead of plain water; a carbonated liquid will leave little "bubbles" throughout the gelatin. Try it -- really, this is refreshing -- not sugary like most Jello dishes -- and goes well with both meat and vegetarian entrees. NOTE: though many of use those bagged "baby carrots" these days for convenience. NOTHING has the taste and texture of a REAL fresh carrot -- preferably homegrown -- preferably organic. Those manufactured "baby carrots" are really tasteless, and you forget until you crunch down on "the real thing".
02/16/2011 6:02:13 PM CST
P V says ...
Simply Raw dont want to miss on all the good parts
02/16/2011 6:40:47 PM CST
lorraine bolt says ...
Great ideas! I like to put shredded carrots in homemade spaghetti sauce. I guess that makes it marinara sauce, but they add flavor and more vitamins and the kids don't know they are in there once thy cook.
02/16/2011 7:08:05 PM CST
bettie b says ...
I love fresh carrot juice. Carrot cake is also a favorite, and carrots glazed with butter &amp; honey.
02/16/2011 7:11:13 PM CST
Kathleen says ...
Sometimes I roast carrots with olive oil and sea salt, but my favorite way is to simply steam the carrots and then add a little butter, sea salt and some crushed, dried tarragon. Everyone loves this! :)
02/16/2011 7:27:54 PM CST
Denise says ...
I've made Carrot Pie. Its quite similar to pumpkin pie and just as good or better. Top with some organic whipped cream and a sprinkle of cinnamon or nutmeg. Serve warm or cold.
02/16/2011 7:58:46 PM CST
Susan Andrus says ...
My Mother always put sliced carrots in her homemade chili so I continue the tradition and my family enjoys it.
02/16/2011 10:44:27 PM CST
Carrie says ...
My mom always cooked carrots with potatoes, and then mashed the whole thing. I always loved mashed potatoes with carrots in them!
02/17/2011 7:59:06 AM CST

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