50 Fabulous Carrot Recipes
Available at warehouse stores in 10-pound bags for less than a dollar per pound, this root vegetable provides one of the easiest ways to purchase organic groceries on a budget. Even conventional carrots are a money-saving staple food to be taken seriously. They can be used to create a variety of soups, desserts, side dishes, beverages, and, of course, salads. Interested in incorporating them into your meals on a regular basis? Here are 50 fun carrot recipes to get you started. (See also: 20 Cost-Effective Cucumber Recipes)
Those who include vegetable juice as part of their nutritional plan might enjoy trying their hand at DIY carrot juice. It can be enjoyed on its own or in a variety of unusual cocktails and food recipes.
Carrot cake is an American favorite. Consider serving yours with a meal of roast poultry or pork medallions and mashed potatoes with green beans.
3. Split Pea Soup
For affordability, it’s tough to beat a good split pea soup. Carrots are one of only a handful of ingredients necessary to prepare it, and it needs only crackers or simple dinner rolls to round out the menu into a casual dinner.
Paired with grated cabbage, dressing, and your accent ingredients of choice, coleslaw is an inexpensive side dish to add to your list of carrot recipes. It’s great for picnics, pairing with burgers, and even potluck dinners.
5. Autumn Latkes
Russet potatoes aren’t the only ingredient you can use for latkes, although they are the most traditional. These autumn latkes from Recipe Thing use shredded carrots, sweet potatoes, and beets for a fresh twist on the traditional.
Carrots are an extremely flexible soup ingredient and can be used in a number of recipes. For example, pairing them with frozen broccoli to enhance a cheesy base is a fun winter option to enjoy with homemade biscuits. Those interested in a dairy-free option may want to try this velvety vegan carrot bisque for dinner instead.
Blended cooked carrots can serve as a base for a variety of spreads, such as this seasoned carrot puree featured in the New York Times. Try it with crudités, pita crisps, or baked shredded wheat crackers.
8. Glazed Carrots
For a simple side dish with a bit of flair, consider sauced carrots. These whisky-glazed carrots from The Pioneer Woman are one way to go.
9. Lunch Sticks
Cutting up raw carrots into dipping sticks and keeping them on hand in the fridge each week can help make easy work lunches a priority while maintaining any calorie restrictions you may have set for yourself.
Basic stir-fry dishes are a great option for those trying to eat vegan on the cheap, and carrots can play a significant role in any dishes you develop. Mixed with green peppers, onions, and other veggies and served over rice, this root vegetable adds a nutritious boost.
11. Fried Rice
Chopped and added to scrambled eggs with frozen peas, garlic, and leftover rice, carrots can be used create a version of fried rice that mimics the type you could by on the street or from a takeout restaurant.
12. Carrot-Raisin Salad
Homespun and reasonably healthy, carrot-raisin salad is an affordable side dish to serve at warm-weather gatherings. It can be prepared with simple ingredients many people typically have on hand at home.
Dinner casseroles form the basis of many frugal freezer meals, and carrots are an excellent bargain ingredient to include when you prepare them. Combined with other frozen mixed vegetables, carrots can round out cheesy side dishes, tuna casseroles, and even a traditional poultry pot pie.
14. Dinner Pancakes
15. Carrot Cake Oatmeal
While oatmeal is a favored breakfast offering at our house, eating it plain can get a little old after a while. That’s why we enjoy finding fun new ways to mix things up. This carrot cake oatmeal recipe featured on Oh She Glows fits the bill.
16. Sushi Rolls
Those who enjoy this low-fat treat on a regular basis should be familiar with how often carrots are used as an ingredient, particularly in the vegetarian version. This article on how to make sushi provides an excellent starting point for those wishing to try their hand at this delicacy on the home front.
17. Carrot Pudding
More of a savory side dish than a dessert, this slow cooker carrot pudding from Crockpot 365 is an affordable way to dress up a basic weeknight meal.
18. Carrot Lemonade
If the full-on flavor of carrot juice is too strong for you, consider this version of carrot lemonade shared by Michelle Obama in Glamour Magazine. It’s a fresh, colorful, and vitamin-laden alternative when you want to hydrate on a hot day.
19. Polish Dinner Side
Those who enjoy treats from the eastern part of Europe will appreciate this recipe for Polish carrot pancakes, which would pair well with a glazed ham or slow-cooked pot roast.
20. Vegan Carrot Cake Ice Cream
Frozen treats are a fun way to enjoy any favorite produce item, and this vegan carrot cake ice cream is as good as any when you want to get your beta carotene and cool off at the same time.
21. Savory Bread
Bread makes an excellent meal extender and can be a tasty treat for dunking in soup or slathering with butter. This potato carrot loaf is an interesting variation to try.
22. Carrot Chips
Spuds aren’t the only vegetable you can use to make dipping chips. Beets, yams and other items can all be used to the same end. These carrot chips from Slender Kitchen provide a calorie-conscious alternative as well.
23. Pickled Carrots
Prefer a bit of zing when you enjoy a crunchy snack? These pickled carrots from Vegan Yum Yum provide an alternative to cucumbers or dilly beans.
24. Carrot Balls
25. Pizza Sauce
It may be a bit nontraditional, but for those who favor alternative pizza sauces, carrots can be used to create a tasty base that you can pair with other unexpected toppings.
Just like parsnips and potatoes, roasted carrots can be a nutritious way to round out a menu. They can be seasoned in a variety of different ways, including with dill, parmesan, and sea salt.
Just like zucchini can be used to create dessert options, so can carrots. This recipe for carrot-walnut cookies is one such example.
28. Savory Torte
Feel like fancying it up? This savory carrot torte presented by the Seattle Times is suitable for important holiday occasions, dinner parties, or even date night.
29. Dessert Roll
If you’re interested in serving a more formal after dinner treat, consider a cake roll. They provide an elegant alternative to pie, and the layered colors look great on a plate. This carrot cake roll recipe from Woman’s Day is company-worthy and attractive.
Happy hour at home is an entertaining way to spend time with friends, particularly when paired with an activity such as board games, dancing, or preparing to head to a show. This carrot martini is an interesting recipe to try.
31. Creamed Carrots
Creamed spinach and corn aren’t the only veggie side dishes you can make with milk. These creamed carrots from Saucy Girl’s Kitchen can keep things interesting as well.
32. Carrot Marmalade
Similar in concept to apple and pumpkin butter, carrot marmalade can be enjoyed on croissants and other breakfast pastries as an interesting change to typical sweet spreads.
Alternative hummus recipes typically involve some sort of lentil or other chickpea substitute such as black beans or cannellini, which is why this carrot hummus from Diabetic Living caught me by surprise. Loaded with nutrition and full of color, it’s a great dunking medium for raw vegetables and an interesting spread for sandwiches.
If you want a break from bananas and kiwi, give this smoothie recipe a try. Featuring carrots and pineapple, it’s a colorful way to dress up lunch or add dimension to a basic breakfast of peanut butter toast.
35. Carrot Fudge
For a super sweet treat, try this carrot fudge featured in the New York Times. It’ll add a bit of garden goodness to your next dessert buffet.
Take a break from corn kernels for your next fritter fest. This Kurdish version made with carrots will add international flair if you feel the need to serve something out of the ordinary at your next casual dinner party.
If apple and pumpkin have become a drag, this carrot custard pie recipe will give you a tasty alternative. Try it out for a weekend gathering or your first date dinner in.
38. Pasta Dough
Veggie pastas most commonly found in grocery stores include spinach and tomato. However, if you are inclined to try making your own at home, you can branch out with other add-ins. This fresh carrot pasta dough from the Fearless Homemaker is one such example.
39. Carrot Muffins
For a decadent breakfast alternative that’s heavy on flavor and nutrition, carrot muffins can be just the ticket. They’re perfect for a business breakfast with a large urn of coffee and a selection of fresh fruit.
Shortbread doesn’t have to be basic. Other ingredients can be added to keep things unique and interesting. This carrot shortbread from Mozzarella and Merlot is an unexpected twist on a traditional favorite.
If international food is something you enjoy, consider this carrot and chickpea tagine on for size. It’s a great vegetarian dinner entrée, and pairs well with fragrant, cardamom-seasoned basmati rice.
42. Veggie Burgers
There’s certainly no shortage of veggie burger recipes in the world, but considering how versatile a dinner item they can be, it’s always nice to have an interesting version to try when you get bored with your tried and true recipes. These carrot burgers from Vegalicious are certainly unusual.
43. Vegan Osso Buco
This vegan osso buco recipe from Food and Wine uses carrots instead of the traditional lamb shank to pair with the mushrooms and other ingredients to create a vegan alternative to an otherwise meat-heavy entrée.
When most people think of cornbread enhancements, they think of jalapenos, corn kernels, or possibly red pepper flakes. In fact, other items can be used to dress up this basic treat as well. Blueberries, chopped broccoli, and even leftover diced ham with shredded cheese are all items I’ve seen used successfully. I’ve never seen carrots used however, so I was intrigued by this carrot-pecan cornbread recipe that’s recently made my short list of new things to try.
Risotto always offers an elegant yet affordable base for creative meal development. Mushrooms, asparagus, and even corn all make tasty add-ins. Carrots can also make a flavorful enhancement, as this sweet risotto from Chow and this version from Tasty Kitchen demonstrate.
46. Vegan Halwa
Dairy-free food fans who are in the mood for a treat might want to consider this vegan carrot halwa. It’s an international treat that’s easily enjoyed on its own or with tea.
Savory spreadables are always a hit at parties, and this sage-seasoned carrot butter pate provides an intriguing option when you’re in the mood for something unusual.
48. Vegan Milkshake
This vegan carrot and coconut shake recipe from Family Fresh Cooking keeps things dairy free yet tasty and fun.
Whether you are going for a savory dinner side or a sensational dessert, mousse is a sexy way to jazz up the menu affordably. Two recipes to try out include this mango-carrot mousse from Dana Farber and this dairy-free mousse recipe featured on the Washington Post.
50. Turkish Lentils
I’m always on the lookout for new lentil recipes, so this Turkish dish which includes carrots as a main ingredient caught my attention. It looks to be a great addition to a meal of salad and dinner rolls.
Carrot recipes are as diverse as those one could collect for potatoes, rice, or even winter squash. They represent an affordable strategy for balancing nutrition goals with budget constraints.