Friday, September 20, 2013

How I Got My Kids to Eat Cooked Carrots

My kids happen to like most fruits and vegetables, but for the longest time they refused to eat cooked carrots.  My daughter would turn her nose up at crinkle cut carrots and my son would pretend to gag if I set them in front of him.  I remember watching an episode of Jon and Kate Plus 8 years ago and Kate mentioned all the sneaky ways to sneak vegetables into your child's diet.  So I gave it a try, shredded carrots mixed in with mashed potatoes, chopped carrots in spaghetti sauce and pureed carrots in our smoothies.  They couldn't taste a difference and I loved that they were getting an extra dose of vitamin A.

Then one day it happened, we were out to dinner and carrots were on the menu.  I begged my kids to just try them and guess what, they really enjoyed them!  I knew I wouldn't have much luck asking the chef for the recipe, so based on the flavors in the dish I came up with my own.  My kids love this recipe and I bet yours will too.  I can't wait til Thanksgiving to serve it to all my cooked-carrot hating guests!
1 pound carrots, peeled and  cut
1 cup chicken broth
2 tablespoons butter
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon dried parsley  

Add butter and chicken broth to a large skillet over medium-high heat.  Once the butter has melted, add the carrots and saute for about 6-8 minutes or until carrots are tender and the liquid has cooked down.  Make sure to stir occasionally.  Remove from heat and toss with salt and parsley. Serve warm and enjoy!

I am linking this post to: Kelly's Korner


  1. This is awesome Brandi! Thanks so much! My oldest doesn't eat it at all but my younger one loves it! Will definitely try!

  2. I absolutely love cooked carrots! Can't wait to make this for myself :)

  3. I just read about puree-ing carrots into food, genius!

  4. Based on the ingredients, I'm sure it's delicious. Thanks for the simple recipe.

  5. My girls would eat them any which way, but they love them with just a bit of brown sugar (my oldest drizzle maple syrup) and a little butter. We put the baby carrots and those two ingredients in a foil pouch and roast or grill.

  6. My crew loves carrots! I will have to give yours a try!

  7. Love carrot dishes and we make them with honey, parsley and lots of ginger.
    Looks yummy Brandi

  8. Well shoot, just the picture alone makes me want to eat them. Beautiful capture!

    THe recipe sounds good, anything with butter on it works for me. I had not tried cooking them in chicken broth but did try orange juice, did not make for good eatin'. SO will have to try chicken broth.

    Hope you have a great weekend and stay dry.

  9. Brandi, it's great that you came up with your own recipe and that your little ones love it! :-) I will have to give this one a try because it's so difficult getting him to eat anything that is good for him! :-)
    wish you a great weekend!

  10. Hi Brandi!

    I must confess, I'm not much of a carrot muncher either. As a matter of fact, I tell myself eating Carrot Cake will give me all the vitamin A I need. (not so of course, but I adore Carrot Cake:)

    I will have to give your gorgeous looking carrots a try. I'm intrigued by the notion of braising them in chicken broth. Thankfully both my kids and grandkids love them any ol' way!

    Thank you so much for sharing and thank you very much for the "sweet" words you left on my blog. Louise

  11. I love cooked carrots! I'm a big veggie fan :) I will
    Have to check this out!

  12. My son ate carrots one time and it was because I put cinnamon on it. I will be trying this because they need more veggies

  13. This makes me laugh, because I was on of those gaggers! Your recipe for the carrots sounds great and they look good!

  14. If my kids will eat this...I'll be forever grateful! Thanks so much for the idea and recipe.

  15. Looks delicious! I'm always looking for flavorful ways to cook veggies.

  16. These look so yummy! My husband doesn't like carrots, but these look like they may turn out very savory so he might be willing to give them a try.

  17. Oh, my boy is one of "those"! He doesn't like cooked carrots at all. I've got to try this one :)

  18. ohhh these look yummy! now i am craving carrots!


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