Lauren Jagnow

5 Good-for-You Carrot Recipes: Cheap & Healthy Foods

carrot recipesDo you prefer your veggies raw, crisp and crunchy? Have a carrot.


Or are you a fan of cooked vegetables, warm and meltingly tender? Have a carrot.


We think you get our point; regardless of how you like your vegetables, carrots not only fit the bill, but also exceed expectations for flavor and versatility.


Carrots’ outstanding qualities don’t end with taste. Thanks to Good Food on a Tight Budget, we also know that carrots are an excellent way to eat healthy without spending a lot of money. Carrots are loaded with beta-carotene (hence the beautiful, bright-orange hue), vitamin A, vitamin B6, vitamin C and potassium, to name a few. And … carrots are low in saturated fat and cholesterol. (Just to set themselves apart from their vegetable brethren, carrots are actually healthier cooked than raw).


In celebration of these adaptable root vegetables, we’re giving you five delicious recipes that showcase just how many ways carrots taste great. From a braised brisket and root vegetable meal to a light and flavorful carrot saute, each of these recipes highlights the sweet, bright flavor of carrots. And that’s something everybody can appreciate!




Carrot Saute with Ginger & Orange

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This flavorful recipe takes only 15 minutes to prepare, making it a perfect side-dish for a busy evening. Serve this alongside fish or an Asian-inspired chicken dish for a satisfying and tasty meal.




Savory Carrot & Tarragon Tart

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Loaded with carrots and fresh herbs, this tart works equally well for brunch, lunch or a light dinner. If you don’t like the strong flavor of tarragon, try rosemary or thyme instead.




Braised Brisket & Roots

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Celebrate fall’s bounty of root vegetables with this hearty dinner. Carrots, parsnips and rutabaga add a great earthy flavor to a rich brisket.




Sesame Snap Peas with Carrots & Peppers

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As beautiful as it is delicious, this healthy side-dish is perfect alongside everything from chicken to beef. Sesame oil, sesame seeds and soy sauce give it a wonderful Asian-inspired taste.




Carrot-Apple Smoothie

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Delicious for breakfast or as a midday pick-me-up, this smoothie is quick and easy to prepare. Carrots and apple juice combine for a sweet, healthy and refreshing beverage.




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Check out our list of the Top 10 Cheap & Healthy Foods!



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