These bright orange carrots not only taste great but provide our bodies with several vitamins and fiber. Fun fact about carrots, if you eat lots of carrots (or any other vegetables high in vitamin A), every single day for weeks, your skin will turn slightly yellow. Too much vitamin A can affect your liver or cause bone pain, so make sure you are not eating too many carrots!
Look below to find more info about carrots including: health benefits, how to store, general cooking tips, slaw recipe, and other recipes including carrots.
Health Benefits to Carrots:
- Great source of vitamin A, C, and K, which help with your sight, especially at night
- Good source of fiber, which helps regulate your body and cholesterol levels
- Good source of potassium, which helps lower your blood pressure and improve your kidney health
How to Store Carrots:
- If carrots come with stems attached, remove them before storing in refrigerator.
- Store carrots in a sealed plastic bag in the refrigerator for up to a month.
- If cooked, store carrots in a closed container in the fridge for up to a week.
- Carrots come in several different varieties and colors such as orange, yellow, and even purple. The most popular varieties are baby carrots and regular orange carrots as pictured above.
- Carrots can be shredded, cubed, or cut into sticks for various recipes. The smaller you cut the carrots, the quicker they will cook in your dish!
- Be sure to cut pieces the same size so that they cook evenly.
- Soak limp carrots overnight in ice water to make them crisp again.
- Mashed carrots are a great baby food recipe and so simple to make! In a microwave, add one cup of sliced carrots to 2 cups of water. Microwave on high for 4-5 minutes or until carrots are fork-tender. Drain water from carrots and mash carrots with a fork. If you want a smoother consistency, you can use a blender or food processor.
Tired of boring coleslaw? Try making this carrot slaw recipe! If you don’t have enough carrots, simply substitute with some shredded cabbage.
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This carrot slaw recipe is a tasty addition to your favorite burger, hot dog, sandwich, or taco! Or this slaw can be a yummy side dish for any meal of the week.
- 1 cup grated carrots (about 5 medium carrots)
- 1/4 cup raisins or dried cranberries
- 1/8 cup vinaigrette dressing
- 1/4 cup walnuts or almonds (optional)
- 1 Tbl green onions, minced chives, or 1/2 Tbl minced onion
- Wash and peel the carrots.
- Shred the carrots with a box grater or cheese grater.
- Add all of the ingredients above with the carrots and mix until combined.
- Carrot slaw is ready to eat immediately or can be refrigerated. Carrot slaw will stay fresh for up to a week in your refrigerator.
Makes 4 servings
Maybe you aren’t a huge carrot fan, but still want to add some carrots into your diet for all those great health benefits. Try some of these recipes below that include carrots, though the carrots are not the star of the dish!
- Honey Mustard Chicken Salad: Simple chicken salad recipe. Add additional veggies to your sandwich such as lettuce, spinach, tomatoes, or bell peppers.
- Hearty White Bean Soup: Leftover soup freezes well. Let cool and store in small plastic containers. Use within a year of freezing.
- Homemade Marinara Sauce: Everyone loves pasta with sauce! Try this recipe where we sneak in some carrots.
- Beet Home Fries: Check out the Beet Produce of the Month blog entry for a delightful home fries recipe that include carrots.
- Roasted Chicken Dinner: One-pan meal that includes chicken, carrots, celery, and potatoes.