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Mom's Challenge: Cooked Carrots

By Christine O'Connor, February 19, 2011  |  Meet the Blogger  |  More Posts by Christine O'Connor

I am a first-time Mom on a budget. My mission: to create healthy, organic meals that appeal to both my baby and husband. My challenge for this post is carrots. Let’s see what happens. My husband already loves carrots. In fact, he eats so many that we joke that he might turn into a carrot one day. But feeding carrots to my baby is a challenge. Why? Well, carrots are sweet, and for whatever reason, my baby has not adapted to their taste when served on their own. Personally, I like to chomp on raw carrots, but cooked carrot dishes have never appealed much to me. Let’s see if I can change my frame of mind and my baby’s too. It’s 9:00pm. My baby just fell asleep and, frankly, I am exhausted! The months of late night feedings are finally taking their toll. But, I made a commitment to the health and well being of my family. I can’t let them down, can I? While my bed looks really comfortable, I tell myself, “Just one more thing. Cook the carrots. You can do it.” Oh, the dilemma of being a Mom who is trying to fit everything into a busy schedule. I walk into the kitchen and remove a large bunch of carrots from the fridge. The carrots are covered in dirt since they were literally pulled from the earth earlier in the day and purchased from a local farm. You can’t get any fresher than that. I wash the carrots, cut off the tips and peel away the remaining dirt. At six months of age, the experts say to give babies just one fruit or vegetable at a time, just in case your child has an allergy to a particular food. But as your child becomes 7 or 8 months of age, they say you can experiment with mixing foods. Every baby is different, but I have found that my baby prefers the flavors he gets from food mixes. So for today’s dish, I decide to make a carrot ginger soup – a recipe for baby and Daddy, all in one. You can’t beat that! I am all for simple and fresh ingredients, and this is the perfect recipe. 1 bunch of large carrots (between 1 to 1 ½ pounds) ½ cup of coconut milk ¼ cup of water Fresh ginger (about 1/8 of a cup, sliced) 1 handful of fresh cilantro Slice the washed carrots and place them in a pan. Cook them for 5-7 minutes until they are soft. Then, purée the carrots in a food processor or blender. Wow! When you use fresh vegetables, the colors are very bright. Now add the coconut milk, water, ginger and cilantro and blend the mixture until its smooth (about 45 seconds). At this point, you can either heat up the soup and eat it or transfer it into a pot and place it in the refrigerator for the next day (which is what I chose to do). Now, I can finally rest. As a new Mom, I have found that it’s good to get a few things completed and organized when my baby first goes to sleep. But that’s it! After an hour, I cut myself off and then it’s time for a cup of tea, a good book and bed. The next day, dinner time rolls around and I’m delighted that dinner is already made. Not only that, but it’s a super healthy meal made from sweet, earthy carrots that are packed with health-protective antioxidants. Let’s see how it tastes. I pull out the pot of soup, heat it on the stove for 10 minutes and serve it to my family. Yum! My baby, husband and I all enjoy the taste of the carrot ginger soup. Friends and fellow bloggers have suggested adding mint to carrots or serving babies pureed carrots mixed with peas or spinach. All excellent ideas. I’ll have to give those a whirl! As you can see, there are many ways to make those orange carrots taste delectable.

Category: Kid Friendly

 

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Kimberley says ...
It took me a long time to enjoy cooked carrots. One thing I've discovered that I love is roasting them whole with paprika (and chile powder for the grown-ups!) and sea salt. So good that way. It complements the sweetness.
02/19/2011 9:35:43 PM CST
stephanie says ...
Thank you for posting this recipe. I have been looking for a fun carrot recipe to feed my family and this one looks amazing! Can't wait to try it!
02/22/2011 1:35:19 PM CST
Lisa says ...
In the first step do you just put the carrots in the pan with nothing? Won't they burn?
02/25/2011 11:31:16 AM CST
Brianne says ...
This sounds wonderful! And simple. I love that there are so few ingredients! Can not wait to try it out!
02/25/2011 4:55:15 PM CST
Cris says ...
I'm going to try this. As an alternative, you might try mixing with puréed cauliflour and a little garlic. I loved garlic smashed potaotes and recently tried this with culiflour, it was very yummy and I imagine with carrots yum!
02/25/2011 4:58:34 PM CST
Erin OK says ...
that sounds delicious! I'm always looking for ways to feed my baby that are not boring to me.
02/26/2011 6:55:58 PM CST
laila says ...
hi, thanks for the receipe but i have 2 great ones from my country that i would like to share with every one, well i got one sweet so one or 2 big carrots, 1 1/2 cup of fresh orange juice ad water if you need, pinch of cinamon some sugar to taste 1 t spoon of orange blossom water mix everything in an electric mixer or smothie mixer mmm delicious as a desert or for breakfast. the second receipe is a salad, peel carrots cut them in thik circles boil them in salted water until cooked,then put olive oil lemon juice cilantro paprika, little bit of cumin pepper let it cook for a minute then mix in the carrots oh wait dont forget the garlic after you put the carrots let it absorb the sauce for couple minutes let it cool of then serve it ...bon appetit
03/01/2011 10:27:37 PM CST
Heather says ...
I love this story. My baby is 5 months and we started solids this week (Earth's Best Whole Grain Rice Cereal). I'll be making some of my own baby food and am inspired by your adventurous spirit (i.e. mixing foods AND using spices. watch out!). I also appreciate the trying-to-squeeze-in-a-chore-before-tea-and-me-time). Thanks!
03/02/2011 8:41:57 PM CST
Sarah says ...
Roasting veggies of any kind is super yummy. For carrots, I cut them into small sticks, toss in olive oil and seasoning, and roast 425 for ~20 minutes. Then you can toss in the blender to smooth them out for the little one.
03/03/2011 7:48:17 AM CST
Tina Watanabe says ...
You can feed coconut milk to babies less than 1 year old?
03/03/2011 8:47:16 AM CST
Mom says ...
I would be nervous about making this with coconut milk. Coconut is a nut and unless you know your child's allergy status this could be harmful. I make carrot puree for my little one. I cook the carrots directly in chicken (or veggie broth if you want to be vegan) so not to loose any nutrients. Add ginger and some sliced sweet potato. Simmer until veggies are soft then puree. I will add cilantro next time if I have it around.
03/05/2011 3:49:30 PM CST
Toby Bloomberg - @tobydiva says ...
Love this soup and that it's made with coconut milk and not stock. On my list for summer recipes! Thanks for the post.
06/18/2011 10:30:34 AM CDT