Amazingly Creative yet Simple Paleo Recipes Using Carrot

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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

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.

1. Sweet Honey Roasted Carrots

2. Roasted Whole Carrots with Cinnamon

1. Sweet Honey Roasted Carrots

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2. Roasted Whole Carrots with Cinnamon

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We begin the list with a couple of different recipes for roasted carrots. Simple, convenient and incredibly tasty, both of these dishes require a minimal number of ingredients and limited preparation. Olive oil and honey are the only additional ingredients required for the former and sweeter of these two roasted recipes. The result of which is wonderfully tender, slightly sticky and utterly satisfying sticks of goodness. In the second recipe, the honey is simply replaced with cinnamon and coriander to create a different flavour all together. In both cases, eating the entire carrot, greens and all is highly recommended to give you an even greater boost of nutrients.

3. Grilled Rainbow Carrots with Garlic and Herb Butter

3. Grilled Rainbow Carrots with Garlic and Herb Butter

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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.

4. Cauliflower, Leek and Carrot Rice

4. Cauliflower, Leek and Carrot Rice

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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.

5. Roasted Carrot Hummus

5. Roasted Carrot Hummus

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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.

6. Cinnamon Spiced Sweet Potato and Carrot Chips

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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.

7. Carrot and Apricot Protein Bars

6. Carrot and Apricot Protein Bars

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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.

8. Zucchini and Carrot Quiche

7. Zucchini and Carrot Quiche

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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.

9. Carrot and Bacon Hash

10. Pumpkin, Carrot and Bacon Fritters

9. Carrot and Bacon Hash

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8. Pumpkin, Carrot and Bacon Fritters

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These two breakfast style side dishes are both fried and both integrate bacon into the mix. The hash has a slightly moister texture when finished and is beautiful when served with poached egg and wilted spinach. The fritters are packed down to create denser circular shapes and served with guacamole.

11. Carrot Fries with Garlic Aioli

10. Carrot Fries with Garlic Aioli

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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.

12. Creamy Carrot Mash

13. Cauliflower, Carrot and Herb Mash

11. Creamy Carrot Mash

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12. Cauliflower, Carrot and Herb Mash

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Carrot mash is an excellent alternative for anyone on a low-carb diet and trying to avoid eating too much potato. Both recipes are delicious and well worth a try but they are also each rather different from one another. The former features fewer ingredients but a wonderfully creamy texture resulting from the addition of coconut cream. The latter recipe is packed full of herbs and additional veggies including rosemary, thyme, cauliflower, onion and garlic.

14. Beets and Carrot Stir-Fry

13. Beets and Carrot Stir-Fry

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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.

15. Carrot and Cumin Paleo Bread

14. Carrot and Cumin Paleo Bread

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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.

Mains

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.

16. Eggs and Carrots Breakfast Dish

15. Eggs and Carrots Breakfast Dish

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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.

17. Sesame-Ginger Garlic Chicken and Broccoli Carrot Noodle Stir Fry

18. Garlic and Ghee Roasted Chicken with Carrots

16. Sesame-Ginger Garlic Chicken and Broccoli Carrot Noodle Stir Fry

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16. Garlic & Ghee Roasted Chicken with Carrots

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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.

19. Zucchini and Carrot Chilli

17. Zucchini and Carrot Chilli

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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.

20. Thai Coconut Scallops Curry

21. Carrot and Sweet Potato Pad Thai

18. Thai Coconut Scallops Curry

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19. Carrot and Sweet Potato Pad Thai

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These two dishes offer a taste of Thailand; one in the form of a thick and creamy curry dish and the other a dry fried noodle style meal. The curry has a wonderful depth and a warm spice featuring ingredients such as cilantro, lime zest, basil, ginger and shallots. The scallops are cooked in the curry sauce until perfectly tender and melt in the mouth. The paleo Pad Thai will require the use of a spiralizer as the typical noodles have been replaced with spirals of carrot and sweet potato.

22. Carrot Potage

23. Carrot, Coconut and Lemongrass Soup

24. Carrot and Cardamom Soup

20. Carrot Potage

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21. Carrot, Coconut and Lemongrass Soup

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22. Carrot and Cardamom Soup

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Call it potage or call it soup, these three very different but equally special recipes are warming and scrumptious. The potage is thicker and creamier than your standard soup recipes, and its simplicity in the cooking method makes it a very convenient dish to make. It’s packed full of a variety of root vegetables, which provide you with a huge nutrient boost. The second soup dish on the list has a slightly fresher and more summer feel to it provided largely by the addition of lemon grass and cilantro. The difference in the third and final soup recipes comes in the form of the earthy, slightly spicy taste of cardamom.

25. Braised Chicken in Carrot Juice and Prunes

23. Braised Chicken in Carrot Juice and Prunes

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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.

26. Carrot Spaghetti with Mushrooms and Basil

24. Carrot Spaghetti with Mushrooms and Basil

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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.

27. Zucchini and Carrot Frittata

26. Zucchini and Carrot Frittata

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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.

Desserts

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.

28. Carrot Cupcakes with Cashew Vanilla Frosting

29. Carrot Fudge Cake

27. Carrot Cupcakes with Cashew Vanilla Frosting

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28. Carrot Fudge Cake

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Carrot cakes are a tasty treat at the best of times but these two recipes both go the extra mile with the addition of some spectacular flavours. The cake itself is paleo friendly with some of the main ingredients including shredded coconut, walnuts, dates, and ground cinnamon to create a moist and complex structure. The cashew vanilla icing is what makes this cake extra special with the lemony finish providing extra zest and freshness. The carrot fudge alternative is once again made from all natural ingredients and is sweetened with delicious maple syrup and served with a coconut milk whip cream.

30. Banana-Carrot Pancakes 

31. Carrot Cake Waffles

29. Banana-Carrot Pancakes

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30. Carrot Cake Waffles

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Banana, cinnamon, almond butter and allspice make these carrot-based pancakes better than the norm. They are served with oodles of raw maple syrup guaranteeing a wonderful taste experience. These waffles are not only paleo but are also grain, gluten, dairy, nut and sugar free but despite those parameters are still satisfying, light and delicious. They make the ideal breakfast for the whole family or a tasty treat on a lazy Sunday.

32. Carrot Cake Cookies

33. Pumpkin, Carrot and Turmeric Muffins

31. Carrot Cake Cookies

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32. Pumpkin, Carrot and Turmeric Muffins

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Cookies and muffins are yet more innovative uses of carrot cake style batter. The cookies have a distinct carrot taste coming through, which is perfectly balanced by the sweet frosting on top. The muffins are not only a delicious, warm and comforting treat but are also packed full of healthy ingredients including coconut oil, pumpkin, cinnamon and the highly beneficial anti-inflammatory spice, turmeric. The result is a light, spongy and slightly spiced muffin.

34. Carrot Cake Donuts

33. Carrot Cake Donuts

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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.

Drinks

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.

35. Carrot Winter Booster Smoothie

34. Carrot Winter Booster Smoothie

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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.

36. Refreshing Tomato and Carrot Juice

35. Refreshing Tomato Carrot Juice

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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.

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