Everybody has a bag of carrots in their fridge. They’re super affordable—usually no more than a dollar or two, depending on whether you buy organic—and make for a quick, healthy snack. But the life of a bag of carrots is often a sad one. Sometimes, we end up using most of it right away in a soup, stew, or juice. But more often than not, it goes forgotten in the crisper drawer for weeks, hoping for the day that it can be the star of one of our meals. Considering how versatile this bright orange veggie can be, it deserves more than the back of the fridge.
These 11 exciting recipes give your bag of carrots the attention it deserves. Each and every one of them takes advantage of the vegetable’s unique sweet and earthy flavor in sugary, savory, and spicy ways you probably haven’t seen before. (The exception: a classic carrot cake, which we included because no list of carrot recipes would be complete without it.)