Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Easy Mango and Carrot Sauté (That the Entire Family Can Eat!)

By Food + Drink Contributor Sara Little

Easy Mango and Carrot Sauté (+ Baby Food Extra)

This recipe is fast and delicious and can be eaten as a side dish or meal. Best of all, with one additional step, it works as a baby food too!

8 Medium Carrots
Fresh Ginger
2 Ripe Mangoes
1 Bunch of Fresh Mint
2 Small Limes
1 Onion
Olive Oil

Peel and discard the ends of the carrots, then chop into thin discs.
Cut into the fresh ginger and grate it on a microplane to get around 1 t of grated ginger.
Peel the mangoes, take the fruit off the core, and dice finely.
Finely chop the mint.
Finely chop 1/4 of the onion (red or sweet white will work)

Add 2-3 T of olive oil to a saute pan over medium heat.
Add onion and let them cook until they just start to soften.
Add carrot and ginger - let them saute for about 15 minutes. If you don't feel like your carrots are getting softer, you can add a little water and cover for 5 minutes or so.
Add mangoes along with the zest and juice of two limes and let saute for another 10 minutes. You really want the mango to soften enough to start releasing it's natural sugars to coat the carrots.

To finish, add the chopped mint right before you pull it off the heat.

If you are feeding a baby as well as adults, simply reserve 1/3 for your little one. You can then serve the remaining as a side dish to pair perfectly with grilled citrus chicken or over a bed of brown rice and quinoa as a main dish for vegetarians. You will want to season the adult portion with a little salt and pepper to taste.

For baby, you can serve as a finger food if they are ready to eat with their hands and if not, throw it into a blender (Vitamix, Ninja, Baby Bullet. etc.) with a tiny bit of water to make a delicious puree. As with any baby food, you will want to introduce these ingredients separately to gauge for food allergies before serving them together.

With this one quick saute, you are able to feed the whole family without the hassle of preparing a different meal for each stage of eaters in the house. Our baby, Piper, has always been an adventurous eater, so I am constantly finding ways to "spice" up her basics to keep her interested. This recipe is happily "Piper approved!"

Stay tuned for more one dish recipes that are fit for all members of the family, even when they have tiny tastes. - Sara
Thank you to Sara for sharing this delicious recipe that so easily works for both adults and babies!  Sara is an event planner and "expert in indulgence" who has lived in the heart of Sonoma County California's wine country for 12 years.  In addition to sharing her favorite foods and wines, recipes and more as our Food and Drink Contributor, she plans unique, personalized getaways to and events in wine country for her hospitality business, Wine Country Goodness, and travels the country in search of the best places to stay, explore, eat, and drink. You can also find Sara on her blog, Facebook, Instagram, Pinterest, and LinkedIn.



  1. Delicious! And lovely fall colours too :)

    1. It is even more beautiful in person...hard to resist.

  2. Mmmmm, mango! This sounds so good. One of my favorite things to do is do a quick sauteed veggie as a side dish, so I'll have to give this a shot.

  3. I would have never thought to put these foods together, but it sounds great!


    1. The bitter root flavor of the carrot with the sweet mango and the splash of freshness from the mint and lime are just so good together. It's really balanced.

  4. I've never had warm mango, but I can imagine that this must be delicious!

    1. It is SO good warm! Almost dessert like (think apple or peach pie).

  5. This sounds absolutely delicious! I haven't paired mango and carrot before. I love that it translates well as baby food too!

  6. This looks incredible! I'm going to make it the next time my sister and my baby niece are in town. =)

    1. It's perfect for a table of varying palates. Thanks for trying!

  7. My little boy is going to love this!

    1. Piper LOVES this dish, and in fact, it was a recipe for baby food before I realized that it could also be an adult dish. Now, the whole family enjoys it!

  8. Wow - this looks awesome! There are so many great and interesting flavors. I know a lot of these ingredients are readily available at the local farmer's market, so I've got to try this out!

  9. Thanks for all the reviews! I hope everyone enjoys...

  10. Oh, yum! It's well past dinner time but I feel like I could happily whip up a batch of this and enjoy it right now ;)


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