Carrots are the Food of the Month – Enjoy Miss Hallie’s recipes this month!
Carrots are a staple in our house. Two of my boys eat them dipped in peanut butter, and the other loves to eat them with hummus. They are a nutritious, inexpensive, and widely available vegetable. Sometimes it’s fun to think outside of the box, and these recipes are great ways to eat carrots if you want something different than raw carrot sticks.
The first recipe is a sure way to warm up on a cold winter evening!
Golden Carrot Bake
3 c. shredded carrots
1 ½ c. water
⅔ c. uncooked brown rice
½ tsp salt, ¼ tsp. Pepper
Combine in a saucepan and bring to a boil. Reduce heat, cover and simmer for 25 min. Do not drain.
1 ½ c. shredded Monterey Jack cheese
1 c. milk
2 eggs, beaten
¼ c. chopped onion
Pinch of ground nutmeg
Stir and transfer to a 1 ½ qt casserole dish. Bake uncovered at 350 degrees for 1 hour.
Sprinkle ½ c. shredded cheese on top of casserole, Return to the oven long enough to melt cheese, about 2 min. Serves 6.
Carrots can be used for desserts too, and not just in carrot cake. These carrot cookies are an easy way to add a healthy twist to your dessert.
1 c. butter, softened
¾ c. sugar
Beat together with an electric mixer in a medium bowl.
1 ½ c. raw shredded carrot
1 egg, beaten
½ tsp vanilla extract
Add and mix well.
2 c. flour
2 tsp. baking powder
½ tsp salt
Sift together into the bowl and stir together. Drop by teaspoons on ungreased baking sheets. Bake in a preheated oven at 375 degrees for 10 minutes.
Author: Hallie Evans, NE Iowa Food & Fitness F2ECE Associate