Cooking with Carrots
Fresh-picked carrots are sublime and come in stunning, sunset colors. Already sweet and very aromatic, they reach new heights when roasted or caramelized and add a fresh touch when used in cakes and breads.
First up is Moroccan-Spiced Baby Carrots. Warm spices like cumin and cinnamon play deliciously off the sweetness of the carrots.
Carrot Cake Sandwich Cookies
Based on the classic whoopie pie, these soft sandwich cookies provide all the pleasures of traditional carrot cake in a fun-to-eat package, including the thick, tangy cream cheese frosting—especially the cream cheese frosting.
Carrot, Apple, and Ginger Refresher
There is nothing to this recipe, aside from tons of fresh frut and veggie flavor. Once you take a sip, don't be suprised if you let out an involuntary "mmm...". One glassful is all you need before you are refreshed enough to conquer the rest of the day.
Braised Artichokes, Favas, and Carrots in Creamy Lemon Sauce with Fennel
This is a kind of springtime Greek ratatouille. We love the artichokes in this dish—they add their unique flavor and somehow make everything taste just a little sweeter. The olive oil emulsifies with the braising liquid to create a silky sauce that deliciously coats the bright spring veggies. Thin lemon slices, charred and caramelized in a cast-iron pan, make a nice garnish.
Roasted Whole Carrots
Oven roasting surrounds vegetables with dry, hot, even heat that heightens flavor, browns and crisps exteriors, and cooks interiors to perfect tenderness.
Potato and Carrot Pancakes with Curry Sauce
Carrots bring an earthy sweetness to these crispy, latke-like pancakes. To reheat, place on a baking sheet, and heat in a 325° oven until warmed through.
Carrot Ribbon Salad with Lavender-Ricotta Dressing
Pour a homemade dressing of ricotta cheese, buttermilk, lemon rind, lemon juice, and honey over carrot ribbons to make this simply delicious salad.
Crispy Salmon and Arugula Salad with Carrot-Ginger Vinaigrette
This dressing is so fresh, so addictive, you might want to spoon it over everything. Simply made from a base of carrots and orange juice, it has Asian overtones, as does the salad, with its droplets of roasted sesame oil and rice vinegar. This sophisticated dish comes together quickly and is a great, healthy option for the family.
Spiced Beet and Carrot Soup
This soup is tart, just sweet enough, and hearty, though not a protein powerhouse. If you want to pump up the protein, increase the walnuts or serve with a salad of greens, nuts, and goat cheese.
Skillet Chicken with Roasted Potatoes and Carrots
The skillet is used in a few clever ways: Chicken and vegetables get a head start on the stove, finish in the oven, then come out briefly so a simple cream sauce can pick up all the roasted flavors in the pan.
Newfangled Peas and Carrots
The peas here come in the form of tendrils–wispy, tender sprouts of the pea plant. Substitute watercress if tendrils aren't available.
Carrot Soup with Parmesan Crisps
Cheese crisps are the perfect topper for a sweet, creamy carrot soup.
Elevate an old-fashioned favorite by mixing in the pride that comes with a homegrown harvest or fresh market find. Warm spices and brown sugar add rich, caramelized flavors to this carrot cake. If you can't find fromage blanc, use more cream cheese.
Carrot Cake Pancakes
Stuffed with toasted walnuts, shredded carrots, and all the spices found in carrot cake, these light buttermilk pancakes are a guilt-free breakfast pleasure. Top with some homemade honey butter or light pancake syrup.
Chicken and Carrots with Lemon Butter Sauce
We can all agree that butter is the secret to perfect pan sauce for lean and tasty weeknight chicken. Adding a dab near the end of cooking lends a creamy, satin-smooth finish that no other fat can emulate. The butter emulsifies and slightly thickens the sauce enough to coat the chicken beautifully. This technique works equally well on lean fish.
Za'atar-Roasted Carrots with Labne
The za'atar we know (available at Whole Foods) is a blend of ground sumac, sesame seeds, salt, and the dried, ground za'atar plant. It's slightly sour and slightly earthy, a bit like dried marjoram but completely unique. You can also sprinkle it over hummus, roasted chicken, or grilled flatbread. Labne is Greek yogurt to the extreme, drained of almost all its liquid until very thick. Serve with the carrots for a cool, creamy, tangy contrast.
Shaved Carrot and Zucchini Salad
Use a mandoline or Y-shaped vegetable peeler to make veggie shavings. This salad comes together in a flash.
Fresh carrots stand in for bulgur in this no-cook, gluten-free side dish. You can use white wine vinegar in place of lemon juice.
Whole Roasted Carrots with Black Lentils and Green Harissa
Cajun spiced lentils serve as a delicious protein component in this vegan meal, but what really makes this dish shine is the green harissa drizzled on top. The Tunisian-like sauce brings spice, tang, and bright herbiness to the sweet winter carrots.
They'll be no leftovers when you serve your family these delicious carrots. This easy side dish is quick to prepare for those busy weeknights.
Starter Dish: Traditional Beef Pot Roast with Carrots
Serve this hearty dish over mashed potatoes or egg noodles to sop up the gravy. A side of sautéed or steamed green beans or Brussels sprouts can round out the meal.
Carrot Soup with Yogurt
Sweet carrots and spicy ginger complement each other well in this simple soup. Make the most of the depth of flavors by using only the freshest ingredients. Use an immersion blender for ease and convenience and a simple vegetable peeler to make slender vertical slices of carrot as a garnish.
Tofu Banh Mi Wraps with Quick-Pickled Carrots and Radishes
Drain the pickles well before adding to each wrap. This is a saucy sandwich, so extra liquid can make it a bit messy once you bite in.
Sweet and Spicy Carrot Soup
The combination of carrots, Fresno chili, brown sugar, fresh ginger, and green onions give this soup a sweet and spicy flavor.
Turkey and Swiss Wrap with Carrot Salad
This is the perfect lunch to make ahead of time and pack for a long trip. Serve these turkey and Swiss wraps with a carrot salad for a healthy and kid-friendly lunch. The wholesome, balanced lunch will keep you fueled and ready for the day.
Grated Carrot Salad
Raw carrots are cut in fine julienne, then dressed with a lemony vinaigrette with a hint of garlic. Before serving, the salad is showered with freshly cut chives (and chive blossoms, if you have some).
Honey Mustard Glazed Carrots
When carrots steam or roast, their natural sweetness really shines. The honey-butter combo we use in this recipe elevates simple sautéed carrots to a whole new flavor level. Try this dressing on any root vegetables you might have, including radishes and turnips. You may be surprised how something so easy can turn almost any vegetables into a delicious side.
Partially cover the pan as the carrots steam so they retain some texture. They will continue to soften as the glaze reduces in the pan.
Carrot Hummus with Cumin and Almonds
Bright, beautiful carrots give this dip its gorgeous hue, while a pinch of paprika adds a slight kick of spice.
Sage-Roasted Carrots and Turnips
Wrap the vegetables in a foil packet so they steam gently and are easy to flip all at once. Place the packet right on the floor of the oven so the vegetables cook through quickly.
Rolled Oats with Carrot and Apple
Sugar and spice make whole grains extra nice especially in this mix of oats, wheat, barley, and rye that's stacked with 37g whole grains per serving.
Carrot-Apple Spice Cake with Browned-Butter Glaze
We challenged ourselves to come up with a showstopping dessert that uses boxed cake mix as a starting point—and we succeeded. Fresh carrot and apple plus a splash of bourbon boost the flavor of the layers, while the browned-butter glaze is, well, the wildly delicious icing on the cake.
Crab Toast with Carrot and Scallion
Perfect as an appetizer and ready in just 25 minutes, this crab mixture is also delicious in cucumber boats—tastes like sushi.
Turn up the volume on classic glazed carrots with exotic cardamom and fragrant fresh ginger. If you can find multicolored carrots, use them for a lovely presentation, as we did in the photo. The parchment paper lid slows moisture loss just enough to form a beautiful glaze.
Spiced Carrot Cake with Cream Cheese Frosting
A smear of cream cheese frosting is the ideal topper for this warm spiced carrot cake.
Slow Cooker Beef and Cabbage with Potatoes and Carrots
Here's a showstopping feast of beef, cabbage, carrots, and potatoes. To create the traditional flavor profile of corned beef and cabbage without the traditionally massive sodium spike, we simmer brisket in a strong aromatic spice blend at low and slow heat rather than starting with brined beef.
Caribbean-Style Roast Cabbage with Carrots
Nicely roasted cabbage turns sweet and earthy, with a deliciously silky texture. There's a beautiful balance of flavors here—sweetness from cabbage and carrots, fire from hot sauce, brightness from vinegar, and richness from butter.
Roasted Carrot, Chicken, and Grape Quinoa Bowl
This nutrient-packed quinoa and greens salad boasts roasted carrots for caramelized flavor, sliced grapes for a juicy burst, and almonds for crunch. Preassemble the ingredients in a bowl to save time, but make sure to add the salad greens right before serving to keep them crisp.
Pork Scaloppine with Mustard Pan Sauce and Baby Carrots
Use honey mustard instead of Dijon for a sweeter sauce. This easy weeknight dinner delivers a flavorful, all-in-one meal in under an hour.
Citrusy Carrots with Parsley
We took a simple approach to cooking carrots for dinner. Ready in less than 10 minutes, this side gets its sweet from a tablespoon of honey.
Herb-Rubbed New York Strip with Sautéed Peas and Carrots
Tender and tasty is the way we describe this quick dinner. Bacon lends the peas and carrots in this dish a lovely smoky flavor.
Carrot Salad with a Hit of Heat
Some like cooked carrots, while others prefer them grated to make a crunchy salad. You can do either with this recipe—just toss steamed carrot coins with the dressing. The sweetness of the carrots is balanced by the fresh bite of the sambal oelek and chopped herbs.
Crispy Broccoli-Carrot Fritters with Yogurt-Dill Sauce
These quick, crispy fritters are packed with vegetables and get supercrisp in the pan. Pair them with creamy yogurt-dill sauce for a satisfying snack or side.
Chile and Lime Roasted Carrots
Give your classic roasted carrots a flavor boost with toasty chile and zesty lime.
Sesame-Carrot Edamame Salad
Fresh cilantro, rice vinegar, sesame oil, and shredded carrots give this edamame salad Asian flair.
Glazed Baby Carrots
To save time, look for prepeeled real baby carrots in microwavable bags. With just a little brown sugar, these carrots become tender and juicy without turning to complete mush. This veggie side dish comes together in just 10 minutes, and it is a great, last-minute option that packs a punch of sweetness to silence any picky eaters. Double the recipe, and use leftover chopped carrots in grains, salads, and breakfast scrambles.
We love the combination of Asian flavors in this quick and simple side salad.
Wild Rice and Carrots
Red Lentil Dal with Carrot Salad and Coriander Flatbreads
This is basically an all-out assault on the bulk bins, as well as our modern take on the rice-and-beans dinner. Spices, dried lentils, and rice are cheap ingredients, especially when you buy in these small quantities. Chiles are also a thrifty flavor booster; you should be able to score the two here for a nickel. Your vegetable peeler will get you nice carrot ribbons. And you'll use your leftover pizza dough to make the flatbread.
Carrot Mash with Crème Fraîche
Simmered carrots are lightly buttered, but a bit of tart cream adds an extra-silky richness. We like the smooth texture you get from pureeing in a food processor; if you prefer a chunkier texture, use a potato masher. Garnish with green onions for added color.
Bulgur is a form of whole wheat often used in European and Indian cuisine. Made with shredded carrot and chopped cilantro, this nutritious dish is high in fiber and protein and low in saturated fat.
The harissa spices are muted here, lending complexity but not heat.
Carrots with Lemon and Thyme
Cooked carrots are an often overlooked choice for a vegetable side. A little lemon, salt, pepper, and thyme are all you need for this nutritious dish.
Noodles with Carrot and Onion
Udon is a thick Japanese noodle made of wheat flour. Serve with onion, garlic, and shredded carrot for a quick and easy side to chicken teriyaki or another Japanese-inspired entrée.
Basic Beef Stew with Carrots and Mushrooms
This classic beef stew recipe has all you expect in beef stew: tender chunks of beef, carrot and potato. Yet the cremini mushrooms are a wonderful surprise.