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Saturday, December 12, 2009

Sweet Potato (Yam) Baby Food Puree Recipe (4 month +)

Sweet potatoes were ranked number one by CSPI (Center for Science in the Public Interest) in nutrition of all vegetables! Not to mention it’s very tasty :o) It full of dietary fiber , complex carbohydrates, vitamins A and C, naturally occurring sugars ,iron, protein and calcium.

Baking Sweet Potatoes for Baby Food:
1. Wash and poke holes in the sweet potato with fork then wrap sweet potatoes in tin foil
2. Place in a 400 degree oven and bake for 30 to 40 minutes or until soft
3. When cooled scoop out the "meat" .
I always use a liquid from your preferred source to soften or thin the sweet potatoes.
Boiling/Steaming Sweet Potatoes for Baby Food:
1. Peel sweet potatoes and cut into small chunks.
2. Place chunks into a pan with just enough water to slightly cover potato.
3. Cook until tender, don't forget to check on the water level.

Vegetables going well with Sweet Potatoes:

Carrots
Sweet Peas
Lentil
Brown Rice
Zucchini
Chicken
Beef
White fish
Avocado

Getting challenging veggies in their diet

When we just started with the solids, it went well. She loved her cereals.

But when veggies and meats came along, she chose her favorite ones, and was rejecting anything else. At some point just to let her eat, i will mix banana with any of her lunches. Yikes, i know! So it was chicken with sweet potato and banana, or peas with fish and banana.

I even mixed broccoli (which she hates) with banana, yet it worked like a charm. Of course it wasn’t for long. And i have to come up with something new. But it should work with your little ones for a while until the novelty runs out and they find a new challenge for you.

Pumpkin and green apple puree (6 months +)

1. Halve the pumpkin, peel and de-seed it, cut into cubes

2. Slice the apple

3. Add 3 inches of water to a pot and then insert a steamer basket – add the pumpkin cubes and apples

4. Bring water to a boil and then steam gently until soft and cooked. Be sure to check on the water level

Puree and mash both veggies. If too dry add breast milk or formula to adjust consistency, to your baby’s liking.

Serve warm with a smile.

Pumpkin and banana (6 month +)

1. Half a cup of pumpkin cubes, 1 ripe banana (needs to be ripe enough that it has black spots on the skin)

2. Halve the pumpkin, peel and de-seed it, cut into cubes

3. Add 3 inches of water to a pot and then insert a steamer basket – add the pumpkin cubes

4. Bring water to a boil and then steam gently until soft and cooked. Be sure to check on the water level

4. Mix the steamed pumpkin with the banana and mash. If too dry, thin with breast milk or baby formula.

For 1 year olds you can use cow whole milk.

Makes yummy lunch or addition to your baby’s yogurt or cereal.

You can use pumpkin mash with:

Steamed/ Baked Pears

Steamed/Boiled Carrots

Steamed/ Boiled Sweet Peas

Well cooked chicken (leftovers from your roast)