Carrots are flavoursome, great value and super easy to work with. Whether you roast them, blend them, bake them or crunch on them raw, there’s so much inspiration to be found in this versatile vegetable.
This International Carrot Day, we’ve compiled a list of our favourite carrot recipes where the humble carrot shines in all its glory. So whether you’re after a hearty curry, a healthy juice or a show-stopping pud, we’ve got something for you.
CARROT CAKE PORRIDGE
It’s easy to get stuck in the same boring routine when making breakfast in the mornings.
This super simple fruity porridge has all the flavour of your favourite cake without adding excessive sugar. What’s more, it doesn’t take any more time or effort than regular porridge and only requires some simple store cupboard ingredients to give it the cake upgrade. It’s a win win!
GINGER AND CARROT SMOOTHIE
Punchy ginger brings out the carrot’s natural sweetness in this energising juice, perfect for battling early mornings.
Turmeric adds an earthy and floral flavour, while refreshing ginger and coconut water wake up the tastebuds to help you kickstart your day.
Carrot and courgette flan
This picture-perfect tart is the perfect centrepiece for any springtime lunch, picnic or BBQ.
The homemade courgette and carrot ‘flowers’ are a great way to get the kids involved in the kitchen. Not only will it speed up the process, but it might even help to convince any fussy eaters to give it a try...
HOT & SOUR SOUP WITH CARROT 'NOODLES'
This flavoursome soup is bursting with fresh vegetables and delicious tofu. It’s not too heavy, making it a great starter, with carrot ribbons adding a tasty crunch.
Roasted carrots with tahini and pomegranate seeds
When roasted, carrots unleash new depths of flavour and extra sweetness. This delicious Middle East-inspired side dish pairs roasted carrots with creamy tahini and sharp pomegranate seeds to give the root vegetable a serious upgrade. It's a far cry from the boiled carrots that came with your school roast dinners…
Hearty carrot and lentil curryCurries are a great way to use up any bits and bobs lying around in the vegetable drawer. This mildly spiced carrot and lentil curry is creamy and makes a great midweek dinner that can be put together in less than 45 minutes.
Lentils are a source of plant-based protein that can be used in a variety of dishes and make a great alternative to beef mince. Check out this lentil Bolognese for another way to use the store cupboard staple.
Spicy lentil and carrot patties
Grated carrot adds tons of texture to these hearty vegetarian burgers. Serve in buns with salad, or with couscous and herby yogurt for a delicious and filling springtime dinner.
CARROT AND CHEESECAKE TOWER
There’s no need to give up cake just because you’re gluten-free. This centrepiece pudding brings together the best parts of carrot cake and cheesecake to make one irresistible sweet treat that will have everyone asking for seconds.
Take this nutty bake to the next level with candied whole carrots. It will only add 10 extra minutes to the cooking time but it’s worth it for that extra-special touch!