Cooking 101: Carrots
Make em’ spicy or sweet, a delicious side dish or a breakfast treat, carrots are a versatile addition to any meal!
Ways To Cook
We LOVE roasting because it is fool-proof. As long as your carrots are cut to or are around the same size, just coat in oil or butter and your desired spices, toss it in the oven and cook for about 30 minutes, flipping halfway through. The end result is a tender veggie that can be either sweet with maple syrup or honey, or savory with spices and fresh herbs. Our favorite styles of roasted carrots include garlic butter, honey balsamic, parmesan, brown butter and paprika & herb. 👌
Try This: Roasted Carrots with Thyme
Great anytime of year, but especially the holidays, the natural sweetness of carrots make them a hearty and fun addition to cakes, cookies, muffins and more. Combined with cinnamon, maple, brown sugar, oats and other varieties of ingredients, all you need is shredded carrot folded into any batter for a delicious treat. Don’t forget the cream cheese frosting! 🤤
Try This: Best Carrot Cake
Coming together quickly with the help of a blender, there are a number of ways to serve up this delicious dish. Made by cooking carrots until tender and adding to a blender with stock and other ingredients, you can add cajun seasonings, curry spices, coconut milk or your choice of cream, cooked beans or other cooked vegetables. The end result is a thick, soul-warming soup that can be as naturally seasoned or spiced up as you desire. Excellent combos for thick, creamy carrot soups includes blending with cooked cauliflower, sweet potato or beans. You can also add cut carrots to any classic-style soup like chicken noodle or lentil to add its sweet but mild flavor and hearty fiber, vitamins and nutrients!
Try This: Creamy Carrot Soup
A great addition to any breakfast, lunch or dinner, shredded carrot fritters can be pan-fried to crispy goodness in a snap. Combine shredded carrots with other veggies like riced cauliflower, shredded zucchini, shredded potato or rice (like in our featured recipe below) with your favorite spices, some egg, and cheese for extra “YUM”. Just mix your ingredients up in a bowl, form into patties and pan-fry to perfection!
Try This: Brown Rice Carrot Fritters
Filling and hearty enough to be a meal on their own, carrots make a great addition to veggie burgers. Much like fritters, just add rice or quinoa, as well as any other shredded or riced veggies you like. The trick is to form your mixture into patties, an easy task once eggs are added with the veggies and rice, quinoa or even oats. The best part about veggie burgers is seasoning them however you wish – spices, herbs, sauces, you name it! As long as your patties can hold their shape, you will be good to pan-fry or bake to perfection! You aren’t limited to burgers either, you can add your veggie patties onto salads too!
Try This: Ginger Carrot Quinoa Veggie Burger
Put your carrots through a spiralizer and get ready for a good time! You can use carrot noodles as a lower carb option wherever conventional noodles are called for. Mixed with your favorite pasta sauce, coated in Asian favorites like teriyaki or thai curry and beyond. You can even toss them into a salad filled with leafy greens and other vegetables, or add your favorite vinaigrette and enjoy as-is.
Try This: Easy Carrot Noodles Stir Fry
For a delicious side dish in a pinch, sautéed carrots are the way to go! You can cut your carrots into rounds or pieces about ¼ inch thick, or spiralized them for this cooking method. Similar to steaming, place your carrots with water, salt and pepper in a deep skillet with a lid. Bring the water to a boil, then cover the pan and reduce the heat to medium-low. Cook until fork tender, about 7-8 minutes. Add in any wet ingredients like oil or butter and let the water evaporate out before mixing in your herbs and spices and serving hot.
Try It: Sautéed Carrots
Made with shredded carrots, carrot salads are a tasty and easy way to spice up any lunch or snack time. You can make them savory, much like cole slaw, or sweet like our featured recipe below. Essentially, mix your shredded carrot with olive oil, sauces and spices. You could even hit it with your favorite vinaigrette for a ultra-super simple salad! Be sure to let it rest in the refrigerator 15 minutes for the flavors to meld before serving cold.
Try This: Sweet & Crunchy Carrot Salad
Carrot fries are easy to make and pair perfectly with your favorite sauces or condiments! A great appetizer, side dish or snack, you can pan or deep fry them, or pop them on a baking rack and roast until crispy. The trick to crunchy carrot fries is dredging them in egg first, or you can coat them with seasoned breadcrumbs for extra flavor and texture. Any way you make them, be sure to cut them to the size of regular french fries, or they may come out a bit soft. 👌
Try This: Baked Parmesan Carrot Fries
Like babaganoush made with eggplant, carrots too can make a tasty dip, or spread if you are so inclined! Begin by roasting your carrots, then add them to a food processor. It is in your processor the magic happens, simply add in your desired sauces, seasonings, herbs and even other vegetables or beans and process until smooth. You can make it sweet with maple syrup, or spicy with cayenne and paprika. Serve with pita chips or crackers, either way carrot dip is a great way to change things up in your appetizer routine.
Try This: Roasted Carrot Dip
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October 22, 2020