Sweet potatoes, sweet potates and more sweet potatoes

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So far, I have learned 3 things while feeding my son:

  1. There is a reason why we got so many bibs from people. They really are useful and they make a great chew toy while my son is eating.
  2. If at first you don’t succeed, try, try, try and try again (only took 9 times for him to tolerate oatmeal)
  3. When in doubt, feed him sweet potatoes.

Thank heavens for those sweet tasting roots.

By now, I have figured out how to successfully make him sweet potatoes with a consistency that he likes. I use a medium size white sweet potato and a large yam (which is also a sweet potato – just a different variety).


Homemade Sweet Potatoes for Baby

  • Preheat your oven to 400º F (see below for directions for the microwave)
  • Thoroughly rinse the potatoes and scrub off any dirt.  Don’t peel it… yet!
  • Chop off both ends of the potatoes
  • Place on a baking sheet to prevent the sugars from dripping out onto the bottom of the oven
  • Bake for 45-60 minutes.  At 45 minutes, pull the baking sheet out of the oven and jab it with a fork. If the fork easily pulls out of the potato, its done. If it sticks or its hard to jab the potato, you’ll need to cook it longer.
  • Let the potato cool for several minutes
  • Once the potato is cool, peel off the skin and put the fleshy meat into a bowl
  • Blend the potato with a hand blender, food processor or drink blender until smooth. (I use a Oster 2-Speed Hand Blender and haven’t had any problems with it. But I did try this KitchenAid Hand Blender at my cousin’s house and it definitely works a lot better than mine!
  • For first time feeding, add a little breast milk or formula. Otherwise, once the baby likes the food, you can just use water to thin it out. TIP: Always remember to test the temperature of the food before you give it to a baby.
Directions for the microwave:

I’m not an avid fan of cooking in the microwave, however, sometimes time (or lack there of) requires it…

  • Thoroughly rinse the potatoes and scrub off any dirt.  Don’t peel it… yet!
  • Place in a microwave safe bowl that has a lid that is also microwavable. If you don’t have a dish with a microwave safe lid, wet a paper towel and wrap it around the potato
  • Put enough water in the bowl so that there is about a 1/4″
  • Microwave on high for about 6 minutes. Of course the size of the potato will alter the cooking time. The rule of thumb is 7 minutes per pound of food (shellfish and some other seafood is an exception – its only 3 minutes per pound)
  • Continue as above from “Let the potato cool…”

Benefits of Sweet Potatoes

  • Excellent source of Vitamin A & Vitamin C
  • Really high in Potassium, Manganese, Vitamin B6 and Fiber
  • Easily digestible
  • Makes a great first food
  • Cheap and relatively easy to make
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One comment on “Sweet potatoes, sweet potates and more sweet potatoes
  1. Wendy says:

    If you’re cooking the sweet potatoes for your family, you probably won’t want to mash them up. However, if you want a different kind of mashed potato, you can prepare these like regular mashed potatoes by adding milk & butter when you blend them.

    Otherwise, serve them like a regular baked potato with butter or your other favorite topping.

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