Beyond the Bag: New Ways to Eat Your Baby Carrots

Get more veggies into your family's diet with these easy ways to use up the rest of the bag of baby carrots.
ideas for baby carrots

ideas for baby carrots

Opening photograph of fresh baby carrots

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Jackie Alpers, 2014, Television Food Network, G.P. All Rights Reserved

It's a common predicament: You buy a bag of baby carrots, eat a few, and then let the rest of them sit at the bottom of the vegetable bin until they become either a slimy mess or dried-out little nubs. Here are easy ways to use up the rest of that bag, get more veggies in your family's diet and feel good about yourself! Check out the full gallery for all 14 delicious ideas.

Glazed Baby Carrots

Glazed Baby Carrots

glaze baby carrots with butter and honey

Photo by: Jackie Alpers

Jackie Alpers

Glaze Them

Simmer baby carrots in 3/4 cup of water. When the water has evaporated, stir in 1 tablespoon of butter and 1 tablespoon of honey. Salt to taste.

fresh carrot juice garnished with salt, dehydrated carrots and baby carrots

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Jackie Alpers, 2014, Television Food Network, G.P. All Rights Reserved

Juice Them

Juice the carrots, following your juicer's settings. To garnish juice glasses, dampen the rim of each, then swirl it in a saucer of salt mixed with a pinch of crushed dehydrated carrots (see below). Accent with a slitted, small baby carrot.

easy vegan cocktail pups made in the crockpot

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Jackie Alpers, 2014, Television Food Network, G.P. All Rights Reserved

Slow Cook Them

Toss baby carrots in a slow cooker with your favorite barbecue sauce and cook on low for 4 hours, then spear with toothpicks and serve as Vegan Cocktail Pups.

Mix Carrot Puree into mac & cheese before baking for an extra hidden dose of veggies.

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Jackie Alpers, 2014, Television Food Network, G.P. All Rights Reserved

Puree Them

Add pureed carrots to savory dishes such as Mac & Cheese for an extra serving of vegetables. Stir in a tablespoon of carrots per serving before baking.

carrot cupcakes

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Jackie Alpers, 2014, Television Food Network, G.P. All Rights Reserved

Shred Them and Make Cupcakes!

Add shredded carrots to baked goods, such as these (lightened up!) mini carrot cupcakes.

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