If you were asked to name one versatile ingredient that you could use to make both savoury and sweet treats, would carrots ever be your number one choice? The answer is probably a resounding 'no' and we bet that lots of other people would overlook them too. Falling firmly into the vegetable category, carrots go great in salads and side orders. But desserts...? What a ludicrous idea, right?
Wrong! From carrot cake to muffins, soup to smoothies, carrots can be used in all sorts of ways to create some truly mouth-watering meal, side and pud options. Here are four of the most wonderful ways to add all of their flavoursome and nutritious goodness into your diet, whether you're a sweet-toothed sugar lover or a big fan of the savoury.
1. In soup
Carrots are full of flavour and fantastically healthy, which is why they're an ideal addition to any meal. One of our favourite ways to eat them is as a core ingredient in soup, especially veg-based broths that warm our bellies and make us feel all lovely and cosy on a rainy day. Case in point? The amazing Minestrone from Sanctus Soup. Combining carrots with potatoes, green peas, lentils, mixed beans, onions, celery and more, it tastes great and is vegetarian to boot!
2. As carrot cake
If you're not such a fan of savoury options, maybe you'd prefer to eat carrot in one of its slightly sweeter forms. We're talking about carrot cake, of course! A gorgeous blend of sugar, flour, cinnamon, ginger and our orange-coloured star ingredient, it's a firm favourite amongst dessert lovers, and rightly so. If you want to appreciate it in all of its glory, we recommend ordering from Simon's Cakes – there's no way you'll be anything less than impressed.
3. In a salad
Restaurants remember to include lettuce, various leaves, cucumber and tomatoes, but, all too often, carrots are absent from standard salad options. The nutritious batons of vitamins A, C and K, folate, potassium, iron and copper are simply forgotten. Unless you try something like the Gado-Gado Salad from Salad Bar! Mixing carrot, spinach, tofu, green beans, capsicum, egg and bean sprouts, with a peanut dressing drizzled on top for good measure, this savoury option has crunch, a cracking flavour and some serious health benefits for overworked, overtired bodies.
4. As carrot cupcakes
We promised you a mix of sweet and savoury options, and we don't want to leave you sweet teeth wanting. So, what other dessert-based deliciousness will we recommend? The answer is a carrot cupcake, like the exquisitely yummy option available from Little Cupcakes. Mixing carrot with a walnut cake base and cream cheese frosting, this is a one-of-a-kind sweet treat and it tastes truly amazing!
Perfect to eat both savoury and sweet, carrots are the ideal ingredient for everything from cupcakes to super healthy salads. Order them both ways from Deliveroo to see which you prefer!