Do any other wives get a little nervous when they send their husbands to the grocery store?
Thankfully, my husband is very health conscious, so he doesn’t usually bring home junk food surprises. Just 25 lbs of carrots surprises.
Twenty-five pounds is heavier than our 2-year-old. That’s a lot of carrots that I had to figure out how to use. I was actually unnecessarily quite upset about it. They weren’t on the list, we already had carrots at home to use, we don’t have enough space in the fridge for such a big bag, and even though $9.99 was a good deal, it was still $9.99 we didn’t need to spend.
Then I got the idea that I could have fun with this instead of being upset. How creatively could the three of us consume all those carrots?
It only took us from March 24 to April 11 to eat them all. Two and half weeks! And no one’s skin even got slightly orange. Here’s what we made.
First, we started munching on raw carrot sticks. They really are so sweet, crunchy, and good. We ate some with Curry Hummus, but mostly just plain. We also occasionally put them in our daily green smoothies.
We made some old favorites.
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We experimented and found some delicious new favorites.
Roasted Carrot Hummus. It’s a little tricky to roast carrots without oil, they get charred and black easily before they get soft. The sweetness from roasted carrots made it delicious, though! I used twice as many carrots as called for and added 1 tsp curry powder. Yum!!
Orange Carrot Ginger Smoothie. Such a keeper!
Carrot Cake Bites (recipe coming soon! Oh man they’re amazing!)
Spicy Pickled Carrots. We load up on these every time we go to any Mexican restaurant that has them included on the salsa bar, so it was awesome to discover how to make them at home. When I showed these to you on my Instagram stories I got so many responses asking about them! This recipe was fantastic and we’ll definitely make big batches very often forevermore, because we love spicy things. I followed it exactly except left out the 1 tbsp oil as it was unneccesary.
And…we had some flops.
We learned we don’t like fermented carrots. I want to like fermented veggies because they’re so good for us, but so far I am having a hard time with such things as sauerkraut and these carrots. This recipe worked though, so go for it if you like fermented things.
I may just add 25 lbs of carrots to the list next time!
This post is truly just the tippy tip of the iceberg. I haven’t even tried carrot bacon, carrot dogs, carrot cake pancakes, carrot salad, carrot sandwiches, carrot ginger soup, or carrot bread.
What are your favorite recipes using carrots?