Roasted Carrot, Mandarin & Carrots Top Butter Beans

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In this low-waste recipe, we transform humble ingredients into a tasty dinner. Utilising the often-overlooked carrot tops, combined with roasted carrots and butter beans tossed in a carrot top salsa with a hint of citrus and a slight chilli kick.


  • 1 bunch of carrots
  • 1 tsp cumin seeds
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 mandarin

Carrot Top Butter Beans:
  • 380g cooked butter beans
  • 20g carrot top leaves
  • 2 cloves of garlic
  • 3 tablespoons olive oil
  • ½ tsp chilli flakes
  • Salt & pepper


  1. Cut the carrot tops off the carrots, saving them for later. You don't need to peel bunched carrots, but make sure to scrub them clean with a sponge or metal scrubber. Place the carrots onto a baking tray and drizzle them with olive oil, cumin seeds, salt, and pepper. Chop the mandarin into 4 quarters, squeezing two of the quarters over the carrots and leaving the other quarters whole. Place the mandarin onto the baking tray with the carrots, leaving the skin on. Roast the carrots and mandarin in the oven at 200 degrees for 30 minutes. Cooking times for the carrots may vary depending on their size.
  2. The butter beans are cooked in a delicious salsa using carrot tops. Wash the carrot top leaves thoroughly in cold water, as they are often dirty. Shake off the excess water.  Add the carrot top leaves, garlic, olive oil, chilli flakes, salt, and pepper into a food processor. This mixture doesn't need to be completely smooth. If you're using canned butter beans, make sure to rinse them with cold running water and drain them.
  3. Remove the carrots and mandarin from the oven. Dice the roasted mandarin into small pieces. Heat a large frying pan over medium heat; add the carrot top salsa and chopped roasted mandarin to the pan. Add the butter beans and roasted carrots to the pan and mix everything together. Cook for 2-3 minutes until the butter beans are cooked through. Season with salt and pepper.

This dish can be served hot or cold. Store it in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 3 days.


Roasted Carrot, Mandarin & Carrots Top Butter Beans

In this low-waste recipe, we transform humble ingredients into a tasty dinner. Utilising the often-overlooked carrot tops combined with roasted carrots and butter beans.

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