7 Ways to Cook With Carrots Beyond Roasting Them

Carrots
Photo Credit: The Toasted Pine Nut

Updated Apr 16, 2020 @ 2:04 pm

By Isadora Baum

Carrots taste amazing roasted, but there are so many other ways to use carrots in cooking that treat them differently. For instance, you can use carrots in a soup or smoothie, bake them into a carrot cake bar or cupcake, or you can even keep them raw but spiralize them to make a fresh, light salad. No matter which way you choose, you’ll still get the nutritional benefits, like fiber and antioxidants, and that naturally sweet flavor. Here are 7 ways to enjoy carrots that don’t involve roasting.

Ribbon Carrot Salad and Peanut Sauce from The Toasted Pine Nut

This delicious shaved heirloom carrot salad has a wonderful Thai flavor from the peanut butter dressing and a bit of natural sweetness from honey or maple syrup. Add extra peanuts on top for good fats and crunch.

Carrot cake smoothie
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Carrot Cake Smoothie from Ambitious Kitchen

This carrot cake smoothie has actual carrot in it, along with some more fruits and veggies to boost antioxidant and fiber count. Plus there is great protein and fat from the nuts. You can add in other ingredients, like flax or hemp seeds, along with protein powder, too.

Keto Chicken Stir-Fry from The Movement Menu

Low in carbs and high in good fats and protein from the chicken, veggies, and nuts, this is an easy dish to make in a wok or skillet that tastes great and can be wonderful for meal prep, since you can make a larger batch at once. Add in whatever colorful veggies or other proteins you like!

Creamy carrot and ginger soup
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Creamy Carrot and Ginger Soup (Dairy-Free) from Wholesomelicious

This silky, smooth carrot and ginger soup is free of dairy but still has that velvety texture. And it has wonderful aromatic flavors from the coconut milk, ginger, and garlic. It’s done in 35 minutes, too, which is fast and easy.

Carrot Celeriac Spiralized Salad from Cotter Crunch

Using carrots and celeriac, these spiralized vegetables make for a great Whole30 approved and paleo salad base, where you can then add on some fun toppings and protein boosters, like shrimp, canned fish, chicken, and more. It has great antioxidants and fiber.

Vegan carrot cake bars
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Vegan Carrot Cake Bars from A Saucy Kitchen

These vegan carrot cake bars are rich in spice, from ginger, nutmeg, cinnamon, and more, and they are topped with a cashew cream frosting and some shredded coconut. So, it’s high in good fats and free of grains or sugar. They are soft and moist, and they are paleo, too!

Cauliflower Fried Rice with Chicken from 40 Aprons

This cauliflower fried rice with veggies, including carrots, is a great base as a side or for a main meal with an addition of a protein, like chicken. It is low in carbs but high in protein and fiber, and it’s a healthier take on a grain bowl. Use low sodium sauce to keep sodium in check.

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