Sunday, May 15, 2011

baby sweet potatoes

messy sweet potato face
Luna loves her sweet potatoes, without a doubt. If you have to ask why, well, have you tasted a plain sweet potato recently? Anyone who thinks that vegetables are by nature bland most surely has never tasted one. These things are sugary delicious! Luna must think that every sweet potato meal that we give her is an extra-long dessert time.

The biggest confusion that I have always had with sweet potatoes are the difference between them and yams. Turns out that most "yams" that we offer in american supermarkets are actually orange versions of sweet potatoes. This includes garnet "yams", Luna's favorite type of sweet potato.

The most common ways to cook sweet potatoes are boiling, steaming or roasting. I like to roast Luna's sweet potatoes- mostly because it's the easiest way... At about 11:00 I throw one in the oven and by 12:30 she has a hot and tasty lunch.

Roasted Baby Sweet Potato
6 months and up

1. Preheat oven to 425 degrees.

2. Scrub sweet potato and cut off any bad spots. Poke holes on all sides with a fork or knife.

3. Cook for 45 minutes- 1 hour. Sweet potato is done when you can stick a fork or knife through it easily.

4. Take out of oven and let cool. Peel skin off and mash. Depending on the age of the baby, add water, formula, breast milk or milk to get to the consistency that you want. At first, Luna ate a very watery sweet potato puree. These days (17 months old), I don't add any liquid- just mash.

Just be prepared for orange poop. :)

gimme more sweet potatoes, lady!

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