How DO you get a kid to eat carrots?
To which you should ask, “ah, how old’s the kid?”
My short list:
1. Add sauce.
2. YOU have to eat it (and look like you’re enjoying it).
3. Do a song and dance number about how much you LOOOOVE carrots.
4. Don’t make it into a big deal.
5. Try again another day.
Take a few locally grown carrots (carrots are in season right now in New Orleans), shred them finely, then:
Because as soon as you add a delicious sauce, well, we all know that’s a game changer.
Plus, veggies by themselves are kind of….boring.
Take a few bites for yourself, rub your belly while saying “MMmmmm, so delicious!”, et voila.
But lately it has been. I’ve made this dish for K a few times now and he’s coming around to it.
So, carrot salad a time or two a week works well to deliver some raw fiber and that important astringent, sweet, bitter taste combo that does a Pitta baby so well.
Bon Appetit, Bebe!
You can use your average variety of orange carrots for this exquisite and simple dish,
but if you have access to the multi-colored varieties, try them for their subtle flavor differences!
2 medium-sized carrots, shredded finely
1/2 cup olive oil
1/4 cup balsamic vinegar
1 Tablespoon Dijon mustard
1/4 teaspoon dried herbs: rosemary, thyme, & oregano work well, but use whatcha got
salt & pepper to taste
The best way to shred a carrot? I use the small side of the same box grater I use for cheese and ginger. (When I’m shredding more than a couple, I break out the food processor, for sure.)
Put all ingredients for the dressing in a bowl and whisk together for a minute until all ingredients combine. This will make more than you need for a baby; use the rest of the dressing for YOUR salads. Nothing beats freshly made salad dressings for a pop of flavor and you need not limit it to just salads.
Toss 1/4 cup of shredded carrots in 1-2 teaspoons of the vinaigrette, mix well. Store the rest for future attempts, or enjoy it yourself. I personally think it’s freaking delish.
So far, this is working for me. He’s sixteen months old. I’ll get back to you in a year and let you know if he’s still eating carrots.