I am always looking for ways to get my kids to eat vegetables. Luckily, they are all happy to munch on carrots. I always have them in the fridge, because they are like the swiss army knife of vegetables…they can do anything! They are a healthy and cheap staple vegetable that is available to buy year round. If kept in an air tight container or bag in the fridge they last quite a few weeks. They can be used in so many ways. Here are seven ideas that I use to get my kids to eat vegetables using cheap, healthy and reliable carrots!
- Carrot sticks – Extra healthy, super cheap these are the ultimate weekday snack. Okay by themselves, but much more exciting dipped in home made hommous, tzatziki or just plain yoghurt if that’s all you can be bothered with.
- Cakes and Muffins – A carrot cake doesn’t have to be an oil and sugar filled calorie-bomb! Use dates to sweeten and good quality vegetable oils.
- Roast Carrots with Sesame Seeds – You can simply chop up carrots and put them in the oven with a little oil, salt and pepper, but you get better results quicker if you par-boil them first. Put them in boiling water until soft enough to pierce with a knife, then drain and roast with some oil. I usually use olive oil, but the other night I added a drop of sesame oil. Then when the carrots had got that lovely roasted colour on the outside, I tossed some sesame seeds over them. YUM. Very hard to resist on their own but beautiful as part of a green leafy salad
- Carrot Dip – Take the plain roasted carrots and blitz in a food processor with some cream cheese or yoghurt and a drizzle of honey. It makes fun dip for crackers or corn chips and I get my kids to eat vegetables without complaint!
- Grated carrot in salad and sandwiches – Somehow grated carrot is much more appealing than carrot sticks in a salad! Go figure! A grated carrot, cheese and cucumber sandwich fills tums in our house. Carrot and hommous in a sandwich is also a winner.
- Peas and Carrots – You are never stuck for an vegetable accompaniment if you have peas in the freezer and carrots in the fridge. If you are cooking pasta, put the peas and finely chopped carrots into the water when there is a few minutes of cooking left.
- Soups and Stews – Doesn’t matter what the recipe says, I add diced carrots to soups and big chunks to stews so that I get my kids to eat vegetables the sneaky way.