Quick and Easy Ways to Serve Carrots

Everyone knows that carrots are super good for you. They are packed with vitamins A and C, so they’re good for your eyes and immune system.  They also have calcium and iron, helping build strong bones and enriching your blood.  They have a wonderful sweet taste yet for some reason I have struggled to get my little girl to eat them. So, in addition to incorporating them into more elaborate recipes, here are a few fast ways I have found to get her to gobble them up.  What I love about these is the first two options are very simple and allow the flavor of the carrot to really sing.  The third option is a little sneaky but sometimes you just have to be a little underhanded when it comes to picky eaters. 
1)      Carrot apple slaw: Finely grate some carrots, then mix in a roughly grated apple (a finely grated apple will be too mushy). For added flavor you can add a tbs or two of orange juice and a handful of raisins.

2)      Quick carrot soup: Peel and dice 2 or 3 carrots (or more for larger amounts of soup), place in microwave safe bowl and add desired amount of low sodium chicken or vegetable stock (the less liquid, the thicker the soup).  Cook in microwave until carrots are soft. Puree with immersion blender, add salt and pepper to taste (and any other seasonings you like). 

3)      Carrot Bolognese (well, not really but you catch my drift, right?): Finely grate some carrots into spaghetti sauce. If you have carrot puree, you can use that too.  An added bonus is the carrots will cut the acidity of the tomato sauce. 
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