Carrots! They are pretty standard and staple, and so they should be. Carrots are amazing vegetables that are enjoyed by many for their sweet taste and crunchy texture.
Carrots are outstandingly nutritious and are packed with beta carotene, fiber, vitamin K1, and potassium. Our bodies convert beta carotene into vitamin A which is essential in eye health.
Carrots are far more versatile than folk might think. They often get tossed in soups and stews or are used as dipping tools for hummus and bean dips, and those things are not to be sniffed at. However, things can get far more creative than that.
Have a look at these OGP recipes that take you outside of the carrot-shaped box into a world of carrot-flavored wonder!
1. Heirloom Carrot Pasta With a Sunflower Cheese Sauce
Zoodles (zucchini noodles) are well known on the gluten-free scene, but have you tried carrot noodles for a great alternative pasta option? The carrot noodles in Rekka Bell‘s recipe for Heirloom Carrot Pasta With a Sunflower Cheese Sauce offer a little more bite than their ‘zoodle’ cousins. This makes them a better option for those who enjoy their pasta a little more al dente.
2. Baked Smoky Carrot Bacon
All kinds of plants have been reimagined into bacon-flavored bites—coconut, mushrooms, tofu, and tempeh. But, in this recipe for Baked Smoky Carrot Bacon by Lisa Andersson and Erik Huss our friend the carrot is the star. This ‘bacon’ can be used in tofu scrambles, on sandwiches, or just as a snack on its own.
3. BBQ Pulled Carrot Sandwich
In this unusual, yet delicious, recipe for a BBQ Pulled Carrot Sandwich by Rhea Parsons, the carrots are sautéed with onions and then tossed in a sweet and sticky homemade BBQ sauce. Pile the pulled carrots into a big bun and top them off with a heap of cool and crunchy coleslaw.
4. Fermented Carrots
This is an ideal recipe if you have brought home extra carrots from the farmer’s market or just brought in your autumn harvest from the garden. Natalie Martin MS, RD and Lexie Staten MS, RD show you how to make your own Fermented carrots. It takes just five minutes of your time and a week’s wait to have yourself a jar of carrots that work as a healthy snack or can be chopped into salads.
5. Citrus Carrot and Cranberry Oatmeal
Carrots might not be the first thing you think of for souping up your oatmeal. However, this recipe for Citrus Carrot and Cranberry Oatmeal by Lauren Smith will have you thinking again. The grated carrot and cinnamon give your breakfast a naughty hint of carrot cake flavor while remaining a hearty and healthy start to your day.
6. Carrot Dogs
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Enjoy a hot dog that is soy-free and gluten-free. These Carrot Dogs by Rhea Parsons are super fun and super flavorful. The carrots are marinated in tamari sauce, liquid smoke, apple cider vinegar, and garlic to give that authentic ‘dog’ flavor. Serve your carrot dogs on buns with mustard and sauerkraut.
7. Creamy Carrots With Rosemary and Thyme
Creamy Carrots With Rosemary and Thyme by Celeste Meredith are so simple to make and are a great alternative to mashed potatoes if you are looking for a lower-carb option. This makes a wonderful side dish for a Sunday lunch or a healthy dip for crackers or flatbread.
8. Vegan Carrot Lox Toast with Herbed Cheese
If you are looking for a little taste of the sea without the fish, then here is a recipe for you. Loubna Alouane‘s Vegan Carrot Lox Toast with Herbed Cheese makes an elegant brunch or a great light lunch. The smoky lox is paired beautifully with the creamy and herby tofu-based cheese. Pile all this onto a slice of crunchy toast or bagel and you have yourself a fish-free seafood feast.
9. Carrot Cake Donuts
Sure, carrot cake might not come under the category of unusual, but Carrot Cake Donuts? This recipe by Vicky Coates is vibrant and fun. This donut offers an extra protein kick with its protein powder mix. The frosting is made from vegan cream cheese which you can buy or have a go at making yourself.
10. Sweet Carrot Cookies
Again, stepping away from the classic carrot cake, these Sweet Carrot Cookies by Lenia & Dimitra offer something a little different. Grated carrots and black currents combine to make a sweet little cookie that brings you all the flavors of fall. Enjoy this with a lovely hot drink on a cold day.
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