5 Ways to Prepare Carrots with delicious recipes and inspiration- Eclectic Momsense

So you just got home from Costco with a 10 pound bag of carrots, now what?  Whether your harvest has created a bounty, the farmers market has a beautiful selection, or you couldn’t pass up organic carrots for $.66/pound you’ll be needing to use those carrots up.  Uncut carrots have a shelf life of 4-5 weeks.   5 Ways to Prepare Carrots with delicious recipes and inspiration- Eclectic Momsense

There are 5 main ways I can think to prep them.  And if you’re “smart” like me you’ll likely end up with orange hands, a few flesh wounds and 10 pounds of carrots prepped in just under an hour and a half.

Pureed- Makes a beautiful creamy puree perfect for baby foods or adding to sauces.  It adds just a bit of sweetness to spaghetti sauce and our new favorite macaroni and cheese.  Delicious in soups too like this creamy carrot soup with spinach pesto.

Julienne- The perfect consistency for slaws and salads.  Try out a classic carrot and raisin salad or this twist on the traditional, carrot slaw with cranberries and toasted walnuts.  And how about this cold veggie pizza. yum!

Sliced- No matter how you slice it they’re perfect raw for dipping or steamed.  We  do steamed carrot sticks using a crinkle cutter for our youngest.  It’s the perfect finger food.  JD would go crazy for these roasted spring veggies with arugula pesto.

Grated-  Try grating carrots over your salad or a spin on a classic healthy carrot cake.

Juiced- I prefer using my Blendtec and using whole carrots, but for those without a high-powered blender, juicing carrots is the perfect addition to add color, sweetness and a boost to smoothies.  Try this coconut mango carrot smoothie.

5 Ways to Prepare Carrots with delicious recipes and inspiration- Eclectic Momsense

Raw carrots are delicious, but carrot puree is even better.  Here’s my perfect recipe for creamy and sweet carrot puree.  Slice your carrots into 1/2″ pieces.  Steam until easily pierced with  a fork.   5 Ways to Prepare Carrots with delicious recipes and inspiration- Eclectic Momsense

Transfer your steamed carrots to a high-powered blender like a Blendtec.  An immersion blender works beautifully also.  Depending on how much water your carrots retained and the consistency you are looking for you might need to add water.  I used about 1/2 c. of water for 5 c. of carrots.  Blend until smooth and creamy.  Freeze in ice cube trays and transfer to freezer bags for perfect portions.
5 Ways to Prepare Carrots with delicious recipes and inspiration- Eclectic Momsense

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2 Responses to 5 Ways to Prepare Carrots: Recipes & Inspiration

  1. Elizabeth says:

    It’s amazing all that you can do with carrots! great ideas!
    Elizabeth from Get Busy Living blog
    http://elizabethhermesch.blogspot.com/

  2. Kristen says:

    This is great! I don’t use carrots enough. I know how to cut them and chomp them and I roast them sometimes. Nice to have some alternatives!

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