Carrots 2 Ways // using the whole carrot 

In honor of earth day yesterday I thought I’d share a recipe with “reduce, reuse, and recycle” at heart. Food waste is a big problem in the states, and part of that problem is not knowing what to do with all parts of the vegetable!

In this recipe we use the whole carrot: the root itself and the greens. What we get is an awesome roasted carrot with a killer spin on pesto. To top the earth day love, it is really nice out this weekend and carrots always remind me of spring. Maybe it’s because bunnies eat them and bunnies are a serious spring icon. Either way, this dish seems like a great way to bring on the warm weather and celebrate mama earth.

Hope you Enjoy!!

Do you have any recipes that utilize all of the vegetable? Or use parts of a food that we would typically discard? Let me know! I’m curious to find new tricks 🙂


  • carrots, fresh with greens still attached, washed
  • ginger, 1 inch, peeled
  • olive oil, extra virgin,  1/2 tbsp + 1 drizzle
  • H2O, 2 tbsp
  • peanuts, 3 tbsp


  • food processor


  • separate carrots and carrot greens and wash clean
  • lightly coat carrots in a drizzle of extra virgin olive oil and roast in toaster oven at 350 for 20 minutes. I happened to use a toaster oven but a regular oven works just as nicely.
  • blend washed carrot tops, ginger, water and oil in food processor until well-mixed and the consistency of pesto
  • on medium high heat, lightly toast peanuts for 5-10 minutes. Be careful not to overcook. These will be done when they become aromatic (i.e. the kitchen starts to smell like roasted peanuts). Remove from heat.

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9 Comments Add yours

  1. Moira says:

    Thanks for the like on my overnight oats post and for introducing me to your blog. We appear to have a similar food philosophy. -Moira

    1. Of course! And thanks for stopping by here 🙂 I agree and I’m excited to try some of your recipes!

  2. Nothing goes to waste in our little corner of the world. If we don’t eat it all, the chickens, guineas, cats, dog or various compost bugs will – lol!

    1. I love that! I’m working on getting closer to that no waste lifestyle bit by bit 🙂

  3. I have never tried eating the tops….may have to give that one a try. And yes it does look fancy :).

    1. The tops were really good and surprisingly filling! Hope you like them! And I think the multi-colored carrots are what make this look so fun 🙂

    1. Thanks! Fancy but super easy – the best kind of fancy 🙂

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