Frozen carrots are a freezer staple in all their many forms. They come in crinkled coins, sliced, diced, and now you can even find them spiralized. If you're like us, you already rely on them for quick sides, but these orange root vegetables are capable of far more than you might give them credit for. Here are seven tasty ways to turn a bag of frozen carrots into a meal.
1. Blitzed into a smoothie.
Adding a handful of this naturally sweet root vegetable to the blender not only means you get an extra dose of veggies to start the day, but you can also skip the added sweeteners. Carrots pair especially well with fruits like orange, mango, and pineapple.
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2. Baked into muffins.
Take your pick of sweet or savory muffins — carrots can go both ways. Start with thawed diced carrots and mix them straight into the batter as you normally would shredded carrots or other vegetables.
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3. Make a quick stir-fry.
No matter what cut of frozen carrots you've got stashed in the freezer, they have a place in your weeknight stir-fry. Toss them into the wok straight from the freezer, and dinner is ready in minutes.
4. Blended into soup.
Simmered in broth, frozen carrots will turn tender in no time. Use an immersion blender or regular blender to blitz it into a lush, creamy soup.
Get a recipe: Curried Coconut Carrot Soup
5. Pan roasted and added to noodle bowls.
Toss the carrots straight from the freezer into a hot, oil-slicked pan, season them just the way you like, and you've got a healthy dose of veggies to round out any noodle bowl.
6. Mixed into stews and curries.
Hearty carrots add a subtle natural sweetness and are great for bulking up curries and stews. They're quick-cooking, so wait to stir them into the pot until the last minute or two of cooking. Because of their natural sweetness, carrots also make a nice substitute for all types of winter squash.
Try it here: Quick Butternut Squash Curry
7. Added to a skillet of fried rice.
A big handful of frozen carrots are just the ticket for bulking up that leftover rice lingering in the back of the fridge and turning it into a totally satisfying and filling fried rice dinner.