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Stage 1 food: Sweet Potato

January 22, 2011

Over the next few weeks, I will be posting a number of “recipes” for some Stage 1 fruit and vegetable purees that are both easy to make and extremely nutritious. As you will see in forthcoming posts, I’m a big fan of mixing fruits and veggies together. Any two of these basic purees can be mixed to make a delightful new combination.

Sweet potatoes (also sometimes known as yams) are a wonderful root vegetable, rich in Vitamin A, Vitamin C, and fiber. Their sweet taste and fluffy texture make them very appetizing for even new eater, so they’re a great choice for a “first food” for your little one.

Sweet Potato Puree:
-Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
-Wash sweet potatoes well; pierce jackets several times with a fork
-Wrap in tin foil
-Bake for 45-60 minutes, depending upon the size of your potatoes
-Allow to cool on counter or in fridge for at least an hour, unless you really like to burn your fingers
-When cool, remove jackets. If your baby is new to solids, I suggest pureeing the sweet potato with some water, formula or breast milk. If your baby is a more experienced eater, you may not even need to puree–mashing with a fork might be enough.

A couple of notes about sweet potatoes: The smaller the sweet potato, the sweeter it’s flesh. So try to pick out the smallest/skinniest yams in the bin. This will also cut back on your cooking time, too. And because your baby won’t be eating the skin, you don’t necessarily HAVE to buy them organic.

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