9 Carrot Recipes to Please Every Palate

March is here and we’re ready for all carrot everything: carrot hummus, carrot cake cheesecake and more.

While winter carries on, I’m dreaming of spring. I’m buying seeds and starting to grow them indoors while I wait for the cheery sight of crocus to emerge. I’m also keeping myself busy by hunting down innovative ways to use up some of our winter produce.

In our home, carrots rule the roost. We eat them raw, we eat them cooked. We slice them, we juice them, and we boil them. We eat carrots all winter long and for good reason too. Not only are they readily available from storage, but they are a rich source of beta-carotene and fiber.

We eat carrots with our dinner at least three times a week, so I find that it’s always smart to have several different ways to serve them. This way, I can easily incorporate carrots into our meals and prevent the kids from getting bored with them. Since carrots are an incredibly versatile vegetable, I can add them to a variety of dishes like salads, soups, and cakes.

These 9 recipes will have you running to the kitchen in search of any leftover carrots that may be lurking in the depths of your fridge. Don’t forget to add an extra pop of color to these vibrant dishes by using colorful heirloom carrots too!

1. Carrot Cake Oat Porridge

Sometimes, you just want a slice of cake, but it’s not always practical. Enter this tasty porridge from Nourish Everyday. This creamy and warm breakfast dish combines gluten free oats, carrots, and spices to make a healthy breakfast that tastes just like dessert! This fiber rich and nourishing recipe is a healthy way to start your day.

2. Spiralized Morning Bowl with Quinoa

Oh me, Oh my – has breakfast ever looked this hearty and delicious? This savory and filling breakfast bowl from The Unglamorous Fit Mom kicks regular old pancakes to the curb. There’s so much to love about this nutritious breakfast, but fresh avocado and a soft boiled egg make it really special.

3. Carrot Cake Cheesecake

No one makes Carrot Cake better than my Mom, but stefanigoldmarie gives her a run for her money. This creative spin on Carrot Cake transforms a classic Easter dessert into a drop dead gorgeous cheesecake. Plus, it’s wheat free, refined sugar-free and high in protein. Dig in!

4. Gajar ka Halwa

What is it? A carrot pudding, of course! As Simply Vegetarian 777 explains, it’s a “must have” dessert in Indian kitchens. This unique recipe simmers carrots in milk and ghee, and then adds flavorful punches of cardamom and saffron. Dried nuts and fruit are sprinkled on top to complete this tasty snack.

5. Sweet Roasted Carrots with Kale Pesto & Spiced Greek Yogurt

Who says that roasted carrots are boring? She Eats roasts them with olive oil, sea salt, and freshly cracked pepper. Then, they’re paired with spiced Greek yogurt and kale pesto. Ready in just thirty minutes, they make a delicious side dish or quick lunch for any vegetarian, carnivore or omnivore you know.

6. Creamy Carrot Ginger Soup

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When it’s cold outside, there’s nothing more satisfying than a bowl of soup. This quirky recipe from Whole Living Lauren pairs ginger and orange with carrots to create a bright and cheery dish. To keep it well-balanced, raw cashews are blended with the soup to add creaminess and texture.

7. Carrot Hummus

The next time you have a hankering for hummus consider making it with carrots. The Last Food Blog roasts carrots seasoned with garlic and paprika before blending them with chickpeas, tahini, lemon juice, and olive oil. Garnished with pumpkin seeds, it goes really well with celery sticks or crisps and makes an excellent addition to a roasted veggie wrap!

8. Banh Mi Winter Rolls

If you’re looking for a healthy alternative to traditional banh mi, which is served on a baguette, this recipe is it. The Endless Meal stuffs these beautifully-colored winter rolls with lemongrass meatballs, rice vermicelli, and vegetables. Then they’re served with a spicy vinegar dipping sauce that’s just delicious.

9. Cauliflower Leek Carrot Rice

By now, everyone knows all about Cauliflower rice. It’s a healthy alternative to classic white rice, but it can be a bit boring. Joy Filled Nourishment breathes new life into this dish by adding colorful aromatics like carrots and leeks. This delicious side dish is now packed with flavor and would pair well with any chicken recipe on your weeknight menu.

 

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Denine Anderson Regan

Award-winning lifestyle blogger. Freelance writer. Small business owner. Loves craft beer, red wine, and backyard chickens. Visit her at weknowstuff.us.com for tasty recipes, fun kids crafts, and family-focused lifestyle articles.