5 delicious ways to use up a bag of baby carrots!

I was a little overzealous at the grocery store a couple of weeks ago when I bought a huge bag of baby carrots. They’re veering towards their end of their life though and I seriously need to use them up!

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I have 5 tasty ways to help finish up those ^ pesky carrots, starting with my favourite:

#1 // PICKLED CARROTS

This was my first time pickling anything and I’m hooked!  This was super easy and it used up about 1 cup of carrots (yay!).  The recipe I kind of tossed together was this:

  • 1 c baby carrots
  • 1/2 c white vinegar
  • 1/3 c water
  • 1 tb white sugar
  • 1 clove garlic
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • pinch red pepper flakes
  • pinch of black pepper

On a saucepan, bring everything (except the baby carrots) to a simmer on the stove, remove and cool a bit. Put carrots in a glass jar and pour mixture over top.  Let marinate in fridge for a few hours.

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#2 // MAKE A CREAMY CARROT SOUP

Perfect for fall (and it uses up around 3 cups of baby carrots!), this is the recipe I’m planning on using.  I’ll post an update if it’s delicious 🙂

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#3 // CARROT APPLESAUCE

Perfect for afternoon snacks and a quick bite on the go, I’m going to make this and freeze it in portions.  I love finding healthy snacks for my son.  Recipe here!

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#4 // PEACH CARROT SMOOTHIE

Um… I’ve never added carrots to a smoothie, but I’m willing to try if it gets these carrots out of my fridge!  I’ll let you know how the recipe tastes 🙂  Recipe here!

**update** this smoothie was so tasty!!  I just threw in two handfuls of baby carrots and approximate measurements of everything else and we all loved it.  It’s important to have a decent blender though, because my first try I didn’t and the smoothie had some serious ‘texture’ to it.

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#5 // ADD A HANDFUL TO ANYTHING + EVERYTHING

Okay, #5 might seem like a cop out, but I’ve been mowing through this bag because of #5.  Making tacos for dinner?  Dice up a cup and toss in with the meat (actually I love adding diced carrots to dishes like this, it’s a sneaky way to get veggies in).  Making a salad? Add some sliced baby carrots!  Yesterday I made pad thai and thinly sliced two huge handfuls and added them in.

I’m down to a 1/4 of a bag, so I think I’m going to mix up a carrot peach smoothie today for Kiel, Bear and I and I’ll share on my instagram 🙂

-linking up with I Heart Naptime

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