The carrot is a root vegetable that grows under the ground and is part of a biennial plant in the umbellifer family called Apiaceae.
My kids and my grandchildren absolutely love my mom’s roast beef with cabbage, potatoes, and carrots. Not only is it healthy for them it is delicious and a very easy meal to fix either in a roaster in the oven or you can throw in the crockpot in the morning and it will be ready by dinnertime. My grandchildren love carrots so much they will actually choose a glazed carrot over candy.
I find myself buying a lot of baby carrots right now because I have my grandson’s bearded dragon living at my house and she loves a shredded baby carrots. So you see carrots are not only very healthy for humans and especially our eyesight but they are also excellent for other animals on our planet including bearded Dragons and other lizards.
Carrots go well with an array of different foods and can be used in a lot of different dishes. Not only do carrots give a dish plenty of tasty flavors but they also add a pop of orange color to any dish you are cooking.
Check out our list below of what goes with carrots.
Roasted Carrots and Brussels Sprouts
Roasted carrot with brussels sprouts and autumn vegetables makes a great dish to be served with an array of different meats either at a fall party or barbeque. Your guest will enjoy it and it is easy to make by simply cutting up your veggies and roasting them in the oven after mixing them with lime juice, a minced garlic clove, a pinch of Kosher salt, and a few red pepper flakes or you can roast them on the grill.
Roasted Rainbow Carrots
Rainbow carrots come in several shades of oranges and yellows along with purple and just look pretty on the dinner table. They also taste good, especially when you toss them with olive oil along with salt and pepper, spices, and some chopped chives. Then you can pop them in the oven to roast them or put them on the grill for a delicious dish to go with a variety of different meats, including beef, chicken, and pork.
Carrot and Roasted Veggies
Roast carrots make a great veggie side dish at lunch or dinner, either alone or with other veggies. They are great mixed with other vegetables, including cherry tomatoes, onions, chives, peas, garlic cloves, potato, raisins, daikon, kale, spinach, Swiss chard, mushrooms, and sweet potatoes. Cooked carrots can also be served by themselves with a cream sauce, with brown sugar and butter baked on top of them, sprinkled with chili powder, or as glazed carrots.
You can make maple-glazed carrots or honey glaze for your oven-roasted carrots that will give them an amazing flavor. A roasted vegetable dish goes well with a beef roast, a pork loin, or even a rack of lamb. Another great roasted carrots recipe is to mix tender carrots with parsnip, green bean veggies, sweet potato or two sprinkled with some lemon juice and thyme for an amazing carrot recipe your guests will be raving about for weeks after your dinner party.
Spices and Fresh Herbs with Carrots
There are several spices and herbs that go well with carrots. Some of these include parsley, allspice, clove, cinnamon, mint, nutmeg, ginger, dill, and thyme.
Shred several carrots in a casserole dish then mix in some low-fat shredded cheese and a small dollop of margarine. You can then top it off with some crumbled whole wheat crackers before sticking it in the oven and baking it for about 40 minutes. You will have an amazing casserole to serve with dinner.
The Raw Carrot
Carrot sticks are great for snacking on throughout the day. Their crunchy goodness is satisfying and they are a healthy option. You can peel them, chop them into pieces, and then create a Ranch dip or some other type of dipping sauce to eat with them.
You can also use raw shredded carrots in a salad or as appetizers you serve up to guests at a dinner party or event.
Beef and Sliced Carrots Dinner
Carrots pair very well with a beef roast and when you add a baked potato or mashed potato to the plate it makes for a very nice dinner. Top your carrots with butter and chives to give them even more flavor or opt for some honey-roasted carrots to change up the flavor.
You can cook up a delicious shepherd’s pie with mashed potato mixed with ground beef, peas, and other veggies. This is a British-style dish that many people enjoy eating for dinner, especially during the colder winter months.
Meat and Carrots
From beef stew to chicken noodle soup or meatballs over mashed potatoes and carrots, carrots play a major role in a variety of meat dishes throughout the world. Their flavor and texture make them a very versatile veggie that many people enjoy eating.
Carrots work well with so many different spices and a spicy carrot cake topping with cream cheese icing and walnuts is a favorite when it comes to a carrots recipe for many. It is delicious and a very refreshing dessert for your family and friends.
Smother some diced carrots in maple syrup before popping them into the oven or before making steamed carrots for an amazing side dish that your family and friends will love.
Mix up some baby carrots with buttery honey glaze and a pinch of cinnamon then roast in the oven for amazing candied carrots. You can even sprinkle a pinch of cayenne pepper over the top before roasting them to add even more flavor and spiciness.
FAQs About What Goes With Carrots
How do you store carrots?
You should place carrots in the coolest part of your refrigerator. Before doing so, you should remove the tops of them but save them since they can be used as a herb in other dishes or for salads. You should clean your carrots and wrap them in damp paper towels before you put them in the fridge because they can last up to one month.
How do you steam carrots on the stove?
Simply put water in a medium wide-mouthed pot them put a collapsible steamer basket insert into the pot. Bring your water to a boil over medium-high heat then place the carrots in the steamer basket and cover them with a lid. Let them steam for about five to eight minutes until they are tender.
Can you make glazed carrots the day before?
You can mix them up about four hours before you are going to cook them. If you do it the day before, they may get too soggy.
What is the healthiest way to cook carrots?
Sautéing is a great way to cook carrots and you will only need a small amount of butter, margarine, or coconut oil, along with some herbs and spices, to make an amazing side dish of cooked carrots. You can also add honey or maple syrup to them to change up the flavor, although they taste great on their own.
How long do you steam fresh carrots?
Once the water is boiling and you have added your carrots to the steamer basket above the boiling water, put the lid on and let them go for about five minutes. You can then taste-test to ensure they are tender and completely done.
Is it better to boil or steam carrots?
When it comes to vegetables, it is better to steam them than to boil because steamed veggies stay separated from the water so they retain more of their nutrients.