Getting together and eating with friends and family is one of the biggest joys of life. I love the sharing of the stories, the laughter and of course the food. I love how we get the kids to sit together and eat. I am always amazed at how willing kids are to try new food when they are eating with other children. Watching a preschooler eat Roasted Seaweed during one of our playgroups got Simone started on seaweed herself even though I had a packet at home for weeks before that experience. So a tip for you – if you want your child to try something, surround them with kids who are good eaters, eventually some of those eating habits will brush off.
This past Sunday we met up with some dear friends for dinner. I love eating at their home. On their kitchen counter lies a big 1000 page recipe book full of rabbit ears as they track their cooking progress through the recipes in book.
One dish that was really popular with kids over dinner was a butter glazed carrots with cinnamon and honey dish. YUM! One bite and the kids were hooked. They finished their entire servings of carrots and then some more. From the time we cut the carrots it was ready in less than 10 minutes (as long as you have a boiling pot of water ready to blanch them). It was so delicious that I had to make to it for dinner today, but I used baby carrots to minimize the prep time, plus kids love small sized things making it easy for them to hold and eat.
Baby Carrots – 2 cups
1 tbsp butter
1.5 tsp cinnamon powder
1.5 tbsp honey
Steam the carrots for a 5 mines or till they are tender either using your rice cooker steamer or a pot with a steamer insert. You want the carrots firm but not hard. Remove from the steamer when done. In a skillet on medium heat, melt the butter, then add the cinnamon powder and the carrots. Add the honey and stir the carrots till they are coated with the mixture.
Serve and enjoy. As always you can adjust the proportion of the ingredients to suit your family’s palette.
The Verdict – My 3 year old just loved it and so did my 10 month. Since this recipe has honey and it is recommended that you do not give honey to infants under the age of 1 due to botulism, I pulled the carrots out for him before adding the honey to the mixture. Simone ate and said, “Mummy this has honey – it is so delicious. Give me more”.
NOTE: These carrots also make great snack items for toddlers.