How to Cook Carrots for a Toddler

By Serena DeLorenzo
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Many parents will find it difficult, initially, to get their young children to eat vegetables. There are a multitude of ways you can prepare vegetables to make them more appetizing to your child. The other issue you must address is the choking hazard associated with uncooked vegetables. Carrots, for example, can be rather difficult for a toddler to chew completely and as a result, you run the risk of your child choking. Try out a variety of cooking methods until you find one that your toddler will love.

Brown Sugar and Butter Baked Carrots

Preheat your oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit.

Place 1lb. of carrots inside a baking dish and dot with 2 tbsp. butter. Sprinkle 2 tbsp. brown sugar and 2 tbsp. water over the carrots. Cover the baking dish with tinfoil and bake the carrots in a preheated oven for 25 minutes or until they are fork tender.

Remove the tinfoil from the baking dish and allow the sugar to caramelize slightly over the carrots. Season the carrots with a bit of salt and allow them to cool until they are just warm before serving.

Mashed Carrots with Apple

Fill a medium soup pot 3/4 full with water and bring it to a boil over medium-high heat.

Peel and core 1 apple and roughly chop it. Add 1 lb. of baby carrots to the boiling water and cook until they are fork tender. Add the apple to the boiling carrots and cook for 5 minutes longer.

Strain the carrots and return to the sauce pan. Season with salt and mash the carrots and apples with a potato masher. Serve warm.

Honey Carrots

Fill a pot 3/4 full with water and bring it to a boil.

Add 1 lb. of baby carrots to the pot of boiling water and cook until they are fork tender.

Strain the carrots and return them to the warm pot. Add 1 tbsp. of butter and 2 tbsp. honey to the pot and caramelize the carrots for 5 to 7 minutes. Serve warm.