Don’t know what to do with lots of carrots?
You are not alone. Millions of people ask the same question at least once a week. I did a search. 🙂
We often have a surplus of carrots in our household. And that is okay. To be honest with you, we make several recipes. We bake, steam and cook in various ways.
8 simple ways to tackle carrot surplus
|1. Grate them into salads|
|2. Prep several soups for the months ahead|
|3. Bake a carrot cake|
|4. Whizz into a nice juice|
|5. Blend into a smoothie|
|6. Mash it with potatoes|
|7. Make sandwiches|
|8. Slice, blanch to bag and freeze.|
We also love a delicious carrot ginger and sweet potato soup – see below.
Well, as you may know, carrots are versatile and full of fiber and carotenoids. Very easy to cut side and length wise.
You can also eat them raw and add to any meal. Carrots are gluten-free, so feel free to eat as much as you want.
As a root vegetable, the carrot will normally turn orange once it’s ready to pick up. You can enjoy it raw in salads or roasted.
If you love them, you might want to preserve them as pickled carrots in a hermetic jar. This way you can enjoy them all year round.
You may decide to make glazed carrots or carrot cake to impress your family and friends.
The options are simply endless. Here are some great recipes you can make.
Many studies shown that a diet based on lots of fruit and vegetables will help fight depression. The carrot 🥕 is one of the best and cheapest (certainly here in the UK) root vegetable around and should be enjoyed as part of your five a day.
It is simply essential in our diet. So, make as much carrot recipes as you can.
I show below some of the healthy recipes that I like, but also think you will enjoy it too.
Roasted carrots in baking tray
Slice them and place them on a tray with sweet potato. This is also an easy dish you can prep, under 10 minutes.
There are quite a few carrot soup variations, even though all are delicious – an example try Indienne carrot soup on Allrecipes and let us know your thoughts.
Carrot ginger sweet potato soup
Carrots pair with almost all spicy condiments. Delicious when made into a warming, autumnal soup. Here is a recipe that you’ll love. Try and let’s know how your thoughts.
In a medium pot, heat some olive oil over medium heat. Add sliced onion and sauté until translucent. Add the ginger, then let caramelize it for 2-3 minutes. Pour in the chopped unpeeled carrots, (better for you) but if you prefer you can peel them. Add vegetable broth and sweet potatoes and bring to a boil.
Put the lid on and slow cook until the carrots are tender, approx. 15-20 minutes. Once, you’ve checked that the carrots are soft, blend until all is smooth. Return it to your pot and add coconut milk and red curry paste.
Simmer for 6-8 minutes. Serve with a spoon of crème fraîche and lots of crusty bread.
Carrot tomato puy lentil
A hearty, nutty soup with a generous quantity of garlic gives this soup a satisfying depth of flavour. One thing I can guarantee is that it will warm you up during the cold days.
Heat the oil in a saucepan over low heat. Add shallots, carrots, thyme and let it sauté for the least 4-5 minutes.
After that, tip in the garlic, tomatoes and simmer for a couple more minutes. See the full recipe for the remaining ingredients and instructions.
Carrot curry is definitely one of the best aromatic vegetarian curries you will ever have.
It delivers so much flavor, (I can smell it already) texture, spiciness, with the added smooth coconut of the Sri Lanka Island.
All packed into one pot.
Another delicious way to enjoy your carrots is to turn them into hummus. Yes, it’s so good. Roasted carrot is a great combination with crudités, warm flatbread, and salad leaves.
Recipe later on.
Carrot as french fries
These low-fat, crispy fries are a delicious alternative to potato fries. So easy to make too. Slice your carrots into ‘fries’ about 1 cm thick, and mix with cornflour and a little black pepper.
Toss with vegetable oil and spread in a single layer on a baking tray lined with parchment. Bake for 40-45 mins, and centre of your oven, at medium high temperature, turning halfway.
Once cooked, toss with salt and seasoning of your choice.
Carrot cake recipe
To make a moist and fluffy carrot cake, you will need some wet ingredients. To prep a carrot cake you will need some eggs, place the eggs in a bowl and add oil, brown sugar, finely grated carrot. Then in the end add handful of raisins and chopped nuts.
Sift in self-raising flour, bicarbonate of soda, ground cinnamon, nutmeg and mixed spice. Combine using a wooden spoon.
Tip the mixture into a lined loaf tin and bake for 1 hour.
Once cooked, leave to cool on a wire rack. Fancy icing? Okay, then, just add vanilla extract, icing sugar, cream cheese or butter and orange zest and mix until the icing is smooth and thick. Spread over your cake and tuck in!
Juices & Smoothies
Carrot apple ginger smoothie
Time to put the juicer away. Instead, get the blender out and get your vitamin fix first thing in the morning.
Carrot turmeric ginger smoothie
Carrot orange mango smoothie
This smooth, colourful, healthy smoothie is full of goodness. Get it ready in minutes.
Add one sliced banana, some frozen mango chunks and as many carrots as you desire.
Blitz until smooth and enjoy.
Let us know about the ones you enjoyed the most.