Vegetables are a must on a diet. I suggest carrot cake, zucchini bread, and pumpkin pie. -Jim Davis, creator of Garfield
Carrots are in season in autumn, so get ready for fresh produce!
Carrots have two seasons every year - spring and autumn. Make use of fresh produce from farmers' markets with these 5 delicious recipes! Via StyleCraze.

Vegetables may not sound all that exciting when you’re thinking about dinner recipes, but trust us - you really should be collecting and making as many carrot recipes as you can! You can do so much more with carrots than the soggy, steamed version you’ve avoided since you were a kid; all it takes is a little time in the kitchen and a good set of recipes to choose from.

Carrots come in more colors than just orange.
Carrots come in a ton of colors, not just the typical orange, and all taste wonderful. Via Parks and Garden UK.

But why carrots? Well, carrots are super healthy for you - they’re full of vitamin A, vitamin C, calcium and iron, along with lesser amounts of fiber, vitamin K, potassium, folate, manganese, phosphorous, magnesium, vitamin E and zinc. They’re also full of beta-carotene, an antioxidant that some believe helps reduce cancer risks and which turns into vitamin A during digestion. Along with the health benefits, carrots are about to be in season (autumn) and will be in season again during the spring, and they keep well, meaning carrots are often available and fairly fresh. Not to mention delicious, on their own or in a prepared dish! So whether you’re already a carrot-aficionado or you’re just learning to love them, whip up any of these recipes and prepare to amaze your friends and family (and, potentially, yourself).

Glazed Grilled Carrots

Grilling carrots brings out their sweetness.
Carrots work great on the grill; no more soggy side dishes! Via Another Pint Please.

If you can’t bear to put away the grill yet, why not take the carrots out with you? Try this summery side dish with your grilled burgers.

  •  Yield: 4 servings
  •  Time: 35 minutes
  •  Taste: sweet, tangy, and a little smokey
  •  Recipe: Glazed Grilled Carrots

Heart Carrots and Hummus

Who could resist heart-shaped carrots?
Whether served with hummus or added to a sick-day soup, who could resist cute, heart-shaped carrots? Via The Sister's Cafe.

Ok, so not really a recipe, but who could resist these heart-shaped carrots?? Try them with this hummus recipe, or add these to a chicken noodle or other soup.

  •  Yield: as many pieces as carrots you have
  •  Time: 5 minutes
  •  Taste: fresh, crunchy, carroty goodness
  •  Method: Cut Your Carrots Into Hearts

Carrot Ginger Soup

Carrot ginger soup is perfect when the nights start to get colder.
Carrot ginger soup is the perfect warming soup for cold autumn nights, with complex flavors and a brightness to warm up any chilly night. Via The Barefoot Cook.

Carrot ginger soup is a delicious, warming soup for the first chilly nights of autumn weather. Serve with your favorite rustic bread!

  •  Yield: 4 servings
  •  Time: 50 minutes
  •  Taste: bright, sweet with a little zest
  •  Recipe: Carrot Ginger Soup

Roasted Rainbow Carrots

Roasted rainbow carrots make a pretty side dish.
Rainbow carrots, when roasted, make a pretty side dish you'd be proud to bring to a potluck. Via Nutrition You Can Trust.

Did you know that not all carrots are orange? Rainbow carrots are not only delicious but make for a beautiful dish with colors like purple, white, and yellow. You can often find rainbow carrots at farmers’ markets or even sometimes in your produce section.

Pumpkin Carrot Cake Cupcakes with Maple Cream Cheese Frosting

Carrot cake cupcakes are divine and showcase the sweetness of carrots.
Carrot cake cupcakes showcase the sweetness of the vegetable; pumpkin and maple add sweetness and a distinct fall flavor to this divine dessert! Via Baked In.

We couldn’t possibly create a collection of carrot recipes without including our favorite - anything that involved carrot cake! This recipe for pumpkin carrot cake cupcakes with a maple cream cheese frosting makes the perfects sweets to welcome the fall season. You can make a full cake rather than cupcakes, if you feel so inclined.

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