From fries and hot dogs to sauces and noodles, we’re sharing 31 of our favorite ways to use carrots that highlight the vibrant color and flavor!
Carrots are often dubbed a snacking vegetable. And while yes, they are delicious with dips (hi ranch), they can be used in so many more ways! I mean, carrots don’t want to be just known for one thing; they want you to know that they can hang with the other versatile vegetables like zucchini and sweet potatoes.
One of my favorite things to tell people is that carrots can be used to make a whole pasta dish (noodles, sauce, and all). The carrots make the noodles and the carrot tops make the pesto. That’s what I call ‘nose to tail’ cooking.
Are carrots healthy?
Yes, carrots are packed with nutrients like vitamin A and potassium. They boast a good amount of fiber which helps you feel full longer. And that bright orange color – it’s often indicative of a vegetable or fruit high in antioxidants (which carrots are).
Carrot Varieties & How to prepare them
Preparing your carrots to make dishes out of will vary by the type of carrot and the dish. In general, there are 3 styles of carrots you will find.
- Long, full size carrots: These are just your standard orange carrots. They are fibrous and are the best choice for most of these recipes.
- Short, stout, and rounded carrots: These carrots are nearly identical to the standard long carrots but they are a bit sweeter. They are also easier to grow at home but may not be the best for some of the following recipes due to their odd shape and small stature.
- Baby carrots: Baby carrots make up most of the carrot sales in the U.S. but they are simply large carrots cut into small, bite-sized pieces. They can be used to make some of the recipes below, but not all of them due to their small size.
To peel or not to peel: While you don’t need to peel these carrots, I find that the skin has a slightly bitter taste. I almost always peel my carrots to prevent this flavor from affecting and juice or meal. But, if you are not using the carrots right away, you do not need to peel them yet and can just wash and store the carrots in the fridge without the greens.