Sunny, juicy, sweet, and very healthy vegetables, carrots play a serious role in daily diet of most of us in summer. Packed with plenty of vitamins and essential nutrients, carrots are very useful, both to kids and adults. Health benefits of carrot juice and carrots are numerous, and by adding this amazing natural food to your daily diet you can provide your body with plenty of dietary fiber and improve your digestion, enjoy healthier and better skin and nails, prevent eye problems, reduce the risks of cardiovascular disease and cancer, and so on. Check out a small list of some carrot salad recipes and carrot soup recipes, healthy and nourishing summer meals for everyone.
Healthy And Easy Carrot Salad Recipes
Easy Carrot Salad With Nuts. In a small bowl, mix 100 grams of fresh peeled and shredded carrot with 2 tablespoons of chopped walnuts (you can also use almonds, peanuts, or other types of nuts you like ). Dress your carrot salad with 2 tablespoons of honey and 1 teaspoon of lemon juice.
Carrot Salad With Dried Fruits. Take a middle size bowl, mix 200 g peeled shredded carrots, 200 g shredded apples (it is better using sweet apples rather than sore ones), 70-80 g chopped dried apricot, and 100 g raisins. Dress your salad with 3-4 tablespoons of freshly squeezed orange juice and 1-2 teaspoons of lemon juice, add 2 teaspoons of honey and 1/2 teaspoon of ground cinnamon. This salad is recommended to those who suffer from elevated blood pressure, chronic fatigue syndrome, cardiovascular problems, and so on.
Carrot Salad With Pumpkin. In a middle size bowl, mix 200 g peeled shredded carrot, 100 g copped pumpkin, 150 g shredded apple (using juicy sore apples is preferred), and 2 tablespoons of chopped parsley. Dress the salad with 2 tablespoons of lemon juice and 2 tablespoons of olive oil.
Spring Carrot Salad With Turnip. In a small bowl, mix 100 g peeled and shredded carrot, 100 g peeled and shredded turnip, 2 tablespoons of chopped parsley. Dress your salad with some lemon juice and extra virgin olive oil.
Easy Carrot Soup Recipes
Creamy Carrot Soup With Potato. In a medium size stock pot, melt 30 g butter on low heat, add 1 medium size chopped onion and cook 3-4 minutes until onion pieces go translucent. Add 3-4 peeled and sliced carrots, 3 medium size peeled and sliced potatoes, 6 cups of chicken broth, some Herbes de Provence or the herbs you are usually using, 1-2 bay leaves. Make it boil on medium fire, then reduce the heat and simmer for 30-35 minutes until the vegetables are tender. Use blender to finalize the dish, add pepper and salt to taste. Garnish your soup with a spring of parsley.
Easy Carrot Soup With Chilli Paste. In a large cooking pan, heat 1 tablespoon of olive oil over medium heat, add 1 medium size chipped onion, 1 crushed clove of garlic, 1 tablespoon of chopped coriander and 1 tablespoon of chilli paste, cook 3-4 minutes until onion is tender. Add 3 peeled and chopped carrots, 1 peeled and chopped potato, cook for 5 minutes, then add 3 cups of vegetable broth. Simmer for 40-45 minutes on low heat, close the fire, cool down the mixture and blend until smooth, add pepper and salt to taste. Garnish with some coriander.
Carrot Soup With Celery. In a medium saucepan, heat 2 tablespoons of oil on medium heat. Add 1 medium size onion, sliced, and cook for 4-5 minutes until it goes translucent. Add 1 medium carrot, peeled and sliced, 1 sliced celery rib, and 1 teaspoon of dried tarragon leaves. Go on cooking on medium fire for 8-10 minutes, then add 2 cups vegetable broth, simmer for 15-20 minutes. Add pepper and salt to taste.
Ginger Carrot Soup. In a large saucepan, heat 2 tablespoons of butter on medium heat, add 2 chopped onions and cook 3-4 minutes. Add 5-6 medium size peeled and sliced carrots, 2 tablespoons fresh grated ginger, and 6 cups chicken broth, bring to boil and simmer for 25-30 minutes (or until carrots are tender). Cool down and blend, add pepper and salt to taste. Serve with sour cream.Author Info: Hi! My name is Carla and I am a 5th year medical student at HYMS. I am interested in alternative medicine and I have done months researching the topic of herbal medicine. Besides, I like interviewing people and learning more about their experiences with one or another type of herbal treatments. I am willing to contribute to this site with my knowledge, and I would be happy to help you out to the best of my ability with any specific questions or problems related to alternative medicine.