Carrots are divine.
This is quite possibly my favorite side dish of all time:
You need 6 cups of finely chopped carrots (peeled) and one large onion, finely
chopped, along with a couple of teaspoons of salt and maybe 1 t. of pepper.
Cook all that in a few cups of water, bring to a boil, then continue to cook until
Drain the whole thing and save about a cup of the liquid and
throw away the rest. Put the carrot/onion mix into a bowl and then mash it all
up pretty finely -- not to the point of puree, though. (You're not going for mashed potatoes, leave some bits of carrot here and there') Add about 2 cups
of sharp, finely-grated cheddar, 2 T butter, and about 15-20 crackers (Ritz,
Club, even saltines, but I like the buttery flavored ones best), maybe 2 T of
green onion (I use mostly the bright green part, just for some color.) Stir
that all up (it's dry) and then add as much as you need of the liquid to a make
it a thick mixture. (You might not need any) and pepper to taste.
Put it into a very-well buttered souffle dish (you could even use an 8" round
cake pan, it's not going to rise much) and sprinkle it with
some pepper, then bake it at 350 for about 15-20 minutes.
To save time, you can just coarse-grate the carrots, onions and cheese in the food processor.
ETA: I love all the carrot ideas in this thread! Fantastic. Cookies? YUM! Gotta try those!