5 unexpected ways to transform carrots

Carrots are a lot more than just a crunchy addition to a salad or a healthy excuse to eat ranch dressing. Carrots can also be the centerpiece for tons of creative recipes that transform the root veggie into dishes you could never imagine. Here are 5 carrot-based recipes that turn “What’s up, Doc?” into “What’s up, Chef?” 

Vegetarian carrot “hot dogs

This clever recipe transforms carrot sticks into a flavorful hot dog! After boiling carrot sticks, soak them in a blend of sauces and spices. Fire up the grill and cook the carrots until they get nice and crispy. Then, treat the carrots like you would treat a regular hot dog! Toss one in a bun, and load it up with your favorite condiments and toppings. 

Air fryer vegan carrot fries

These crispy carrot fries are super easy to make. All you need is carrots, avocado oil and salt! Combine the salt and oil with the carrots and air fry at 380°F for 18 minutes. You’ll be left with delicious, healthy carrot fries that’ll make you forget that potatoes are even a thing. Dip them in ranch if you’re looking for a creative take on a classic combo. 

Vegan carrot “bacon” 

There’s nothing like starting your day with the smell of fresh, sizzling carrots! This vegan recipe calls for thinly sliced carrots, which are then seasoned with strong flavors like maple syrup, liquid smoke and soy sauce. Once the strips are seasoned, bake them in the oven for 15 minutes until they’re crispy. For both vegans and non-vegans, carrot bacon is a healthy substitute that’ll satisfy your cravings. 

Vegan smoked carrot “salmon”

This carrot smoked salmon looks just as good on a bagel as the real thing. After roasting the carrots, peel them down into thin ribbons. Next, create a bold marinade with olive oil, spices, rice vinegar and lemon juice. Toss the carrots in the marinade, and let it soak in the fridge for at least 15 minutes. If you’re ready to step up your vegan brunch game, you’ll want to “lox” this recipe up as a go-to dish. 

Vegetarian carrot burgers

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This carrot burger holds its own against any beef or turkey recipe. Create carrot patties by combining shredded carrots with spices, garlic, onions, and crumbled whole wheat flake cereal and bread crumbs. Then bake in the oven until the burgers are golden brown. Once you have your carrot burgers, the options are endless. Throw one on a bun with your favorite toppings and a slice of cheese, or serve them on their own as a tasty appetizer. 

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