UPDATE: Click on photos to see color versions.
One of the very wise readers of this blog suggested shredding carrots to put in food. This gets more veggies in the kiddos and is an inexpensive way to extend a meal.
That got me thinking. My kids love bread, they eat it plain, and fruit, but don't often ask for veggies. So I was thinking carrot bread. I searched the web and found a recipe I like here. What I like the most about this recipe is that it has the same amount of carrots as it does flour, so it really is carrot bread. I simplified the recipe, taking out expensive and unnecessary ingredients and cutting back on others. I exchanged the nutmeg for cinnamon because I am out of nutmeg.
2 eggs -$0.16
1 teaspoons stevia or 1 cup of sugar - $0.16
1/3 cup fat (shortening, softened butter, etc) - $0.17
1 1/2 cups flour - $0.24
3/4 teaspoon baking soda -$0.03
2 teaspoons cinnamon - $0.16
1/2 teaspoon salt - $0.01
The dough will be very crumbly and you may even think you made a mistake, but you didn't.Then, peel and grate 1 1/2 cups carrot ($0.32), or about half a pound of carrots and mix it together. Unless you have a food processor, this can be a tedious task. I usually watch a ten minute video on YouTube while I do this.
Mix carrots with dough. It is a very heavy dough, and makes a very heavy loaf. It took me an hour and a half to two hours in the crock pot on high and it came out moist, but firm. This recipe makes one can in the crock pot, so I multiple it by 2, 3 or 4, depending on how long I want to grate the carrots. The original recipe, which says it makes one loaf, called for one hour in the oven at 350 degrees. I honestly can't believe how good this stuff is. Since I first made it, my kids and I have been going through about a loaf a day. I've been making extra batches and freezing them for some easy food when the new baby is born.