Purple carrots contain anthocyanins, powerful antioxidants that reduce inflammation, protect eyesight and ease neuropathic pain. Plus they’re lower calorie than orange ones and an excellent source of dietary fiber!
White miso paste adds umami-rich flavors while honey and tamari add salty finishes for this delicious recipe. Pearl barley and snow pea sprouts bring texture and depth of flavor.
1. Spiralized Purple Carrot Noodles
Purple carrots are gorgeous to look at and delicious to eat; packed full of anthocyanins — powerful antioxidants that fight inflammation — they make for an easy yet nutritious side dish that pairs well with seasonal vegetables like brussels sprouts, kohlrabi and spinach.
Wickaninnish Inn Chef Warren Barr presents this exquisite dish showcasing purple carrots’ beautiful hue and texture in a gluten-free noodle dish accompanied by roasted root veggies. By braising, these vegetables absorb all of the delicious sauce while staying intact while being bathed in its rich flavors.
Use either a spiralizer or julienne peeler to cut vegetables into long, noodle-like strips. Purple carrots work particularly well here; any other variety should work just as well. White miso adds umami flavor while the sweet honey glaze complements it beautifully. For an alternative protein source such as tofu or soy protein can easily replace chicken in this dish!
2. Purple Carrot Salad
Purple carrots owe their hue to anthocyanin, an effective antioxidant which may protect the human body against oxidative stress and decrease disease risks. Furthermore, these tasty treats contain high quantities of vitamins C and B1.
Make a delicious salad using thin ribbons of purple carrot enhanced by an earthy miso paste dressing of earthy white miso paste, sweet honey, tart red wine vinegar and floral lavender. Topped off with cooked pearl barley and snow pea sprouts – other colored carrots will work too, though the miso glaze works best when used on dark purple ones.
Purple Carrot offers plant-based meals at an ideal weight for anyone starting to transition away from meat consumption, while not quite ready to commit to weekly meal kit subscription. Each serving ranges between 480-600 Calories and contains filling whole food sources that support weight loss or maintenance – they also tend to contain lower sodium than many other services.
3. Purple Carrot Soup
Carrots are an enjoyable vegetable to serve the whole family; mildly sweet and relatively inoffensive, they make the ideal canvas for adding seasoning such as za’atar or tahini to give this vibrant purple carrot soup its unique taste and nutrition profile. Perfect as lunch or dinner!
This vegan soup is an easy and savory meal full of antioxidants. Enjoy its combination of carrots, coconut milk and garam masala to satisfy all of your tastebuds.
If you don’t own an immersion blender, simply puree in batches using a regular blender until smooth. Top your dish off with extra virgin olive oil and some toasted cashew dukkah for a hearty meal!
4. Purple Carrot Cake
This purple carrot cake combines all of the classic elements of traditional carrot cake, but with an unexpected flair. Purple carrots add vibrant hue and extra nutrients, such as anthocyanins – known to protect against heart disease and cancer.
Purple carrots contain high levels of beta-carotene, an essential precursor for vitamin A that benefits eyesight. (Just don’t overdo it; too much beta-carotene can turn you orange!) However, don’t consume too many purple carrots because too much beta-carotene may turn your skin orange!
Preheat the oven to 180C/160C fan forced. Grease and line a 20 cm baking pan, sift flours, sugar, spices and baking soda together before creating a well in the center. Whisk together honey, eggs and coconut oil in a separate jug before pouring this mixture into your well. Fold grated purple carrot and chopped pecans before combining everything in your pan for 50-60 minutes or until a skewer inserted into its centre comes out clean.
Serve this treat topped with cream cheese frosting for an added special touch! For optimal results, use a hand mixer to combine softened cream cheese with butter until light and fluffy for optimal results.