Babies are the stars of their mother’s eyes and they want nothing less than the best for their child. This might include not giving their children processed food and/or food that they do not know all the ingredients are in it. This is why many mothers are taking the initiative to make their baby’s food themselves.
In this article, we talk about introducing carrots to your baby’s diet and give you 5 tasty baby food recipes you can easily make at home!
The recipes in this article:
Recipe 1 – Carrot nuggets
Recipe 2 – Carrots, Peas, and Rice
Recipe 3 – Carrots, Apple, and Lima beans
Recipe 4 – Carrot and Cauliflower
Recipe 5 – Carrot and Salmon
Recipe 6 – Carrot, and chickpeas
Recipe 7 – Carrot, chicken, and broccoli
When can a baby eat carrots?
You can start introducing carrots into your baby’s diet at age 4-6 months as this is the time the baby is ready to start solid food.
It is important that your baby can sit up straight and keep his or her head up. If you are in doubt if your baby is ready for solid foods, consult a medical practitioner.
Recipe 1: Carrot nuggets (age 10 months+)
- 2 Shredded carrots
- A clove of garlic
- 2 large eggs
- Salt, pepper
- A few cauliflower florets
Step 1 – Firstly, steam the cauliflower on the stove or in the microwave, and once it’s soft, mash it with a fork until it has a smooth consistency.
Step 2 – Add all ingredients excluding the breadcrumbs, salt, and pepper into a food processor, pulse until the ingredients are combined, and can form a ball if you tried to form one. (add a pinch of salt and pepper as you pulse)
Step 3 – Use an ice cream scooper to scoop nuggets into a ball and push the ball down to make a disk, coat in breadcrumbs, and put onto a greased pan. Bake at 400 degrees for 11 minutes.
And voila! You now have nutritious nuggets that are sure to put a smile on a baby’s face.
Recipe 2: Carrots, peas, and rice (age 4-6 months+)
The next one is super simple and anyone could make!
- a Boil-in-Bag bag of brown rice
- a handful of frozen peas
- 2 carrots
Step 1 – Follow the box instructions for the rice, or, Pour 4 cups of water into a pan and submerge the bag of rice into it. Boil it for 8-10 minutes.
Step 2 – Boil the carrots for 10-20 minutes in water and add the peas to the boiling pot in the last 2-3 minutes.
Step 3 – Add the ingredients to a blender or food processor and blend until it has become a smooth puree.
Recipe 3: Carrot, apple and lima beans (age 6 months+)
The third recipe is a carrot, apple, and lima bean soup.
- 1 Apple
- 2 Carrots
- A handful of lima beans
Step 1 – Peel the apple and remove the core. Slice the apple in 4 parts and add them to a blender or other kitchen tool you want to use.
Step 2 – Roast the carrots and lima beans together. Once cooked, dice the carrots up.
Step 3 – Add the carrots and lima beans to the apple and blend them until they are a smooth puree.
Recipe 4: Carrot and cauliflower (age 4-6 months+)
This recipe is very easy to make.
- 2 Carrots
- A few cauliflower florets
- A cup of breast milk or formula (optional)
Step 1 – Clean and chop up the cauliflower and boil for 20-30 minutes.
Step 2 – Clean and peel the carrots and cook them for 10-20 minutes.
Step 3 – Add them both to a blender or food processor and blend until it has become a smooth cream. You can add breast milk or formula to make the mixture slightly thinner.
Recipe 5: Carrot and salmon (age 8-10 months+)
A delicious recipe with salmon that your baby will love to eat!
- 2 carrots
- 60 g. salmon
- 20 ml of orange juice
- A handful grated cheese
- A dash of milk
Step 1 – Put the salmon into an oven dish and pour the orange juice on the salmon. Add the grated cheese on top of the salmon and put it into a preheated oven for 20 minutes (356°F or 180°C).
Step 2 – Meanwhile, peel the carrots and boil them for 10-20 minutes.
Step 3 – Add the carrots and fish to a blender and add a dash of milk. Blend until it becomes a smooth creme.
Chickpeas and Carrot (age 6-8 months+)
Nutritious, fresh and tasty!
- 1 cup of chickpeas (soaked overnight)
- 2 carrots
Step 1 – Bring a saucepan with water to a boil and cook the chickpeas for about 30 minutes.
Step 2 – Peel the carrots and cut them in cubes.
Step 3 – Cook the carrots for about 10 minutes, until fork-tender.
Step 4 – Add all the ingredients to a blender in mix them into a smooth puree. Add some water or formula if needed.
Carrot, chicken, and broccoli (age 8 months+)
2.2 oz chicken (65 grams)
4-5 medium-sized broccoli florets
Step 1 – Make sure the chicken is skinless, boneless and the muscles etcetera are removed.
Step 2 – Chop the chicken into small pieces and cook it for about 10 minutes in a saucepan with boiling water. Make sure there is no pink spot left.
Step 3 – Clean the broccoli and cut 4-5 medium-sized florets off the broccoli. Cook it for about 10 minutes or steam it for 6-8 minutes.
Step 4 – Clean the carrot and grate it or cut it into small pieces.
Step 5 – Add all the ingredients to a blender and add a little bit of water or formula.
Step 6 – Blend the ingredients into a smooth puree. If the puree is too heavy, add a little more water or formula.
Feeding guide for carrots
No. of tbs per portion
No. of feedings
Keep in mind that this feeding guide is only for carrots. If you add meat to your carrots, for example, this feeding guide will not be applicable.
We recommend that you consult with your baby’s pediatrician on introducing solid foods as generalities may not apply to your infant.
Are these recipes freezable?
All can also be refrigerated and make for a good meal prep for the week! You should store your batch of baby meals in a refrigerator using an airtight container for up to a period of 72 hours.
You can freeze these baby food recipes into different portions by employing ice cubes or small food storage containers as the recipe can be prepared to make around 5-10 servings.
Which kitchen tools to use
In order to prepare these baby food recipes, you will need the following kitchen tools:
Blender or food processor
Food storage containers or an ice cube form
There are many nutritional benefits of carrots. Carrots are rich in antioxidants, vitamins, minerals, and fiber. Carrots contain vitamin A, vitamin C, calcium, iron, magnesium, vitamin B and vitamin K.
One traditionally known fact is that it improves eyesight as well as teeth, it also improves a baby’s already soft skin and maintains a healthy heart
How to select and buy the best carrots?
It is best that the carrot with the least blemishes and marks and without a stem on top, as well as a consistent color. To store, peel off a layer with a potato peeler and to clean, soak in a carrot for a few minutes. Put into a Ziploc bag and refrigerate or use cling wrap. Many may ask which kind of carrot to use, normal carrots or baby carrots. Both have the same nutritional value but baby carrots are sweeter than their other counterparts.
How to prepare carrots
There are a few main ways to cook your carrots, one wait is to steam them.
Step one: Clean and cut the carrots
Step two: Put the carrots into a steamer basket
Step three: Steam the carrots are medium heat for about ten minutes or until soft
Step one: Clean and cut carrots
Step two: Boil carrots for 20 minutes or until soft
These can be mashed and used for other recipes.
Step one: Put the carrots on a greased pan, or use a casserole dish to ensure it will not stick.
Step two: Bake at 350 degrees for 35-45 minutes
Step one: Cut the carrots
Step two: Place in a frying pan and cook over a low flame for 30 minutes.