Amazingly Creative yet Simple Paleo Recipes Using Carrot
Carrots are many peoples favourite vegetable, and understandably so given their sweetness, satisfyingly crunchy texture and most importantly the mass of nutritional properties they contain. Healthier skin, anti-aging, better vision, and cancer prevention are just a few of the ways in which carrots can benefit your health. There is a huge variety of interesting and tasty ways to incorporate more carrots into your diet. This impressive list of paleo suitable recipes featuring the beta-carotene rich veggie spans from starters all the way to desserts and even includes a few drinks, providing the proverbial cherry on top.
Starters, sides, light bites; they can often all be mixed and matched to serve different purposes according to your tastes and preferences, but all make a tasty snack during the day or a wonderful accompaniment to a larger meal. Carrots are extremely versatile as this list will go on to suggest and in the starters alone you’re going to be treated to cooking methods ranging from roasting and stir-frying to mashing and baking.
It may be the orange variety that we automatically envision when discussing carrots but this recipe integrates the whole colour range including the beautiful purple and white varieties. The different colours offer slightly different taste experiences but all are packed full of fibre, antioxidants and beta-carotene. The carrots are simply grilled and served with a tasty homemade garlic butter and toasted pine nuts.
This rice dish could be served alone in a similar fashion to an Asian fried rice meal or alternatively served on the side with some meat or fish. It’s actually a faux-rice dish keeping it completely within the guidelines of the paleo diet. The recipe in fact involves the preparation of the vegetables in such a way that results in them mimicking the appearance and texture of rice. Garlic, powdered ginger, lemon and parsley gives the ‘rice’ a wonderfully light and refreshing flavour.
This is another innovative and creative recipe designed by a paleo food lover that cleverly re-creates a version of hummus, primarily with the use of lots of carrots. No chickpeas are involved but rather carrots are roasted before being blitzed and combined with garlic, tahini, lemon juice and olive oil.
The combination of sweet potato and carrot featured in this recipe is a match made in heaven. Both vegetables are thinly sliced before being lightly tossed with salt, cinnamon and olive oil, and then baked in the oven. The result is beautifully crisp lightly browned treats that can be enjoyed at any time of the day but make a particularly good evening treat to share with the family while settling in to a good movie on TV.
These protein bars make the ideal snack when feeling pecking throughout the day. They contain fruit, vegetables and protein powder and are suitable for AIP, raw and paleo diets. They have a slightly sweet flavour and are packed full of nutrients, and are ideal for taking to work, on a day out or a picnic.
This is a crust-less quiche that is both quick and easy to cook up and packed full of nutritional vegetables and delicious flavours. It could be considered a meal on its own, served with a salad or could be served on the side during a family buffet or summer barbecue.
Another very simple yet utterly tasty creation is this carrot and garlic aioli combo. The carrots end up wonderfully crisp after being drizzled with olive oil, sprinkled with salt and oven baked. The garlic-mayo style dip is tongue tantalising and while tasting predominantly of garlic, is also seasoned with black truffle oil.
This very simple stir-fry is a wonderfully flavoursome side dish with a fantastic deep maroon colour. As well as the recognisable taste of carrot and beets, the dish is further flavoured with curry leaves, garlic and chilli powder and fried in coconut oil.
This bread can be grilled, used to create a sandwich or simply used as a carrier for your favourite paleo dip or spread. The combination of sultanas, ginger, cumin and carrots is a match made in heaven and the bread manages to remain delicately light and moist.
Carrots are a staple of home-cooked meals and this selection of filling yet healthy main meals all feature the humble carrot in one form or another. Here you will find meals taking inspiration from all over the world, from Thailand to Italy, proving that carrots can very successfully be combined and complimented by a huge range of ingredients and flavours. If one thing is for certain it’s that something for everyone can be found here.
This carrot and egg dish is a well-balanced fusion of East meets West and is strongly influenced by Chinese cuisine. At the core of the dish is a carrot and zucchini stir-fry, seasoned with ginger powder, salt and pepper. This is then topped with creamy scrambled eggs and would be suitable for breakfast, lunch or dinner.
These two recipes both feature chicken as the primary source of protein but both are very different in style and flavour. The first has a very Asian feel to it provided by the addition of sesame, garlic and ginger. The carrots in this dish are created using a spiral slicer for delicate and light noodle-like results. The second recipe features a tender chicken roasted in garlic and ghee and served on a bed of caramelized carrots.
This chilli is a hearty dish and the traditional recipe has been adapted to become paleo friendly. Carrots, zucchini and ground beef are the primary ingredients in this dish, as well as tomatoes, minced onions, garlic powder and chilli powder. This nutrition packed bowl of goodness is both filling and utterly satisfying.
22. Carrot Potage
This dish is somewhere between a soup and a stew, featuring tender braised chicken and prunes in a wonderful carrot juice broth. The prunes are an excellent source of fibre and potassium and bring a slightly sweet element to the dish. The meal is slow cooked to really bring out the deep and sultry flavours of the ingredients to create a very unique yet undoubtedly delicious chicken dish.
This pasta dish eliminates the carbs and the grains, by replacing traditional pasta with spirals of veggie noodles. These light and springy slices of carrot are created using a spiralizer, which then become the base and vessel for the tasty Italian style sauce.
All of the wonderful and nutrient filled veggies are combined by the baked egg mixture is this wonderful Spanish omelette style frittata. Sautéed and browned sausages are also chopped up and integrated into the mix for some meat and added protein. This is another wholesome and tasty dish that can be enjoyed at any time of the day.
Carrots are one of the few vegetables that work wonderfully well in desserts. Probably thanks to the natural sugars found in the veggie, they have the versatility to be taken from savoury to sweet, providing a tasty alternative method for cooking up this years harvest. These dessert recipes are based primarily on adapted versions of carrot cake but have been turned into a whole host of different dessert treats from pancakes and cookies to donuts and muffins. Of course the main advantage of using carrots in your sweets, is the fact that you’re bringing even more of those impressive health benefits into your diet.
Who can resist a good donut? And making this recipe even more impressive is the fact that the entire recipe is paleo including the coconut cream frosting. The batter is naturally sweetened with raw honey and is lightly flavoured with vanilla, nutmeg, and cinnamon. Coconut flakes top the donut providing a final burst of coconut flavour as well as some variety in texture.
Juicing and drinking your vegetables is one of the most effective ways of taking advantage of the nutrients they can offer. Carrots are particularly ideal for this because once again, the natural sweetness that they contain makes drinks a great deal more satisfying and pleasant on the palate. These two carrot-based drinks are made in different ways and are complimented by different flavours to create two completely different drinkable options.
This thick, filling and satisfying smoothie has a slight natural sweetness and wonderful creamy characteristic. There is a mass of vitamins and minerals in this drink provided by the carrot, banana and almond butter.
This final refreshing juice is packed full of more nutritional ingredients that the simplified name suggests. In fact as well as the carrot and tomato, this tasty drink also includes oranges and grapefruit. The combination of flavours works wonderfully well together and creates a very slightly sweet and utterly thirst quenching drink.