4 Simple Carrot Recipes for Lunch in the Office

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Did you know that using carrots can make for some great and healthy meals to eat on your lunch break? Here are 4 simple carrot recipes for lunch in the office for International Carrot Day!

If you’re getting bored of the same old pre-packed sandwiches or are looking to start a health kick this year, why not consider creating some simple carrot recipes for lunch in the office?

International Carrot Day is the perfect opportunity to add this bright and flavorsome vegetable into your next lunch meal and provides some health benefits too!

Health Benefits of Carrot Recipes for Lunch

Studies suggest that consuming Vitamin A, antioxidants and other nutrients present in carrots alongside other rich fruit and vegetables can help to reduce the risks of cancer and cardiovascular diseases.

Whilst they can’t necessarily help you see in the dark (sorry!), they can instead help in boosting your immune system due to containing Vitamin C.

For anyone who catches colds regularly, carrots could certainly prove to be a game changer as they can help reduce the overall severity and the amount of time it lasts too!

So if you’re feeling convinced that it’s time you paid carrots more attention when planning out your daily meals, then take a look at these 4 simple carrot recipes for lunch in the office.

Moroccan Carrot Salad with Spicy Lemon Dressing

Average preparation time:

Under 45 minutes

Ingredients required:

¼ cup of harissa (a spice available in jars or tubes usually from specialty food shops), 2/3 cup fresh lemon juice, ½ cup extra-virgin olive oil, salt, freshly ground pepper, 4 pounds of carrots (either grated using a mandoline or shredded in a food processor), 2 cups of raisins, 4 cups of flat-leaf parsley leaves, 1 pound of crumbled feta

Overview:

An interesting spin on a conventional carrot salad, this Moroccan Carrot Salad with Spicy Lemon Dressing is one for those seeking the fine tastes from the country of Morocco. The added chili paste, Harissa, gives the salad it’s fiery flavour with the slight sweetness of the lemon dressing making sure to simmer down the spice enough whilst still locking in the exotic flavour.

One added advantage of this carrot recipe for lunch is that is can be prepared ahead of your lunch hour in the workplace. To pre-prepare the salad in this way, just make sure not to add the feta or parsley until you’re ready to eat and refrigerate the salad for up to 6 hours.

In terms of the lemon dressing, this can also be refrigerated ahead of time too.

Recipe and Images:

https://www.foodandwine.com/recipes/moroccan-carrot-salad-with-spicy-lemon-dressing

Caramelized Carrot Soup

Average preparation time:

Under 35 minutes

Ingredients required:

1 stick of unsalted butter, 1 pound of carrots (peeled and cut into ½ inch pieces), ½ teaspoon salt, ¼ teaspoon baking soda, 2 cups of fresh carrot juice, freshly ground pepper, 1 tablespoon minced fresh ginger, 1 teaspoon of chopped tarragon, ¼ teaspoon caraway seeds (chopped)

Overview:

Here’s a different take on a traditional carrot soup – a Caramelized Carrot Soup! Rather than pouring out a cuppa soup or microwavable soup, this freshly prepared Caramelized Carrot Soup features several distinctive herbs and spices that packs it full of flavour. Whilst soup as a food staple could be boring to some, this Caramelized Carrot Soup is anything but dull thanks to some rich aromas!

Whilst this is another of our carrot recipes that can be pre-prepared for later consumption, it does require the use of a pressure cooker and it will need to be set at ‘fifteen pounds per square inch’ (PSI) depending on the type of pressure cooker you own or purchase.

Recipe and Images:

https://www.foodandwine.com/recipes/caramelized-carrot-soup

Quinoa Porridge with Carrots and Mango

Average preparation time:

Under 30 minutes

Ingredients required:

½ cup of quinoa, a 14-ounce can of light unsweetened coconut milk, ¼ cup of water, ¼ teaspoon salt, 1 medium sized carrot (grated), ½ mango (diced), 2 tablespoons of shredded dried unsweetened coconut, 2 tablespoons of roasted pistachios (chopped), 1 tablespoon of dried cranberries (chopped)

Overview

If you miss time for breakfast and are just about to head into your lunch break, then this Quinoa Porridge with Carrots and Mango is the perfect carrot-based recipe for a tasty brunch! As a meal, this is energy rich due to the protein contained in quinoa – perfect for something to provide some extra energy when entering the second part of the work day!

The light blend of carrot, mango, pistachios and cranberries within the porridge helps keep things sweet, whilst providing a whole heap of nutritious vitamins and fibres for a delicious early lunch or late breakfast treat.

Recipe and Images:

https://www.foodandwine.com/recipes/quinoa-porridge-with-carrots-and-mango

Spicy Carrot Sandwiches

Average preparation time:

Under 25 minutes

Ingredients required:

2 large carrots (grated), 1 tablespoon of extra-virgin olive oil, 2 garlic cloves (thinly sliced), 1 teaspoon of caraway seeds, salt, crushed red pepper, 4 slices of sourdough bread OR two 8-inch whole wheat baguettes (split lengthwise), ½ cup plus 2 tablespoons of hummus, ¼ cup of Greek yogurt, Cilantro, freshly ground black pepper

Overview:

If sandwiches are your lunch staple, then why not mix things up a bit with this unique twist – Spicy Carrot Sandwiches! Most of the unique flavours from this carrot recipe for lunch comes in the form of some of the more Mediterranean ingredients it uses such as hummus and Cilantro.

The use of Greek yogurt helps to keep everything together, with the unique combination of red pepper and grated carrots adding a hint of zing to the traditional standards of a sandwich. If you’re looking to impress your colleagues with some of your culinary skills, you certainly can’t go far wrong by bringing these into work for your next lunch break!

Recipe and Images:

https://www.foodandwine.com/recipes/spicy-carrot-sandwiches

Catering Supplies for Carrot Recipes for Lunch in the Office

Just as important as it is to ensure you’ve got the right ingredients before preparing any of these delicious carrot themed lunch meals, it’s vital to make sure you’ve got the right Catering Supplies at hand too!

Whether it’s Cling Film to help cover over your ingredients with or some Cutlery for digging into your lunch time meal with, OPInfo has all of the items you need when creating carrot recipes for lunch in the office!

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