Sweet Potato/Yams

Sweet Potato/Yams For Your Baby

Here is a food most of us save for Thanksgiving and marshmallows, but it turns out to be easy to digest and a great source of nutrients for baby. It is also a nutritious alternative to potatoes if you are bored with them. Of course, you need to have the time to bake or boil them. Baking them means that you can just leave them until the timer rings. Always remember to put a timer on when you are cooking with a baby around. It is amazing the things you can forget to do when a little one is grabbing your attention.

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When is baby ready?

4 months old

How to buy

We also call these yams, but a yam is a different tuber (yellow flesh from Japan). Sweet potatoes are orange-fleshed with a kind of maroon peel and can be found all year round but are best in the fall. They should feel firm with no soft spots.

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To Bake

You can make your own really easily by just baking them in the oven. Baking ensures the peel falls right off (no peeling), they get really soft, and you can make some extra for your dinner. VERY IMPORTANT - line baking pan with aluminum foil to make clean up easy (otherwise you will be scrubbing for days). Heat oven to 425 F, poke holes in potato with fork, and bake for 45 minutes to 1 hour.

To Boil

Just peel them, cut into quarters, cover them in water, and boil until soft (about 10 minutes).

How to store

Cool dry place (not in refrigerator) for 2 weeks.

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Should I buy organic?

Yes. Potatoes easily absorb pesticides so buy organic when possible.

Adult Recipe

Mashed Sweet Potato for Adults

Bake sweet potato for baby and add any of the following:
Butter or extra virgin olive oil
Chopped parsley, cilantro, mint or sage
Ground spices such as cardamom, cinnamon, or nutmeg

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