Prepping for the big Thanksgiving meal? We’ll don’t forget about the little ones in your family! Get them started on traditional Thanksgiving foods early on. Parsnips, persimmon, and pumpkin are some of our favorites for baby this time of year. But, sweet potatoes are always a big hit and a perfect introduction to solids for first time eaters.
Did you know?
There are hundreds of varieties of sweet potatoes. What’s the difference between yams and sweet potatoes? The sweet, orange-colored root vegetable that is often thought of as a yam in the United States, is actually a sweet potato. Yams purchased in the United States are almost always sweet potatoes, no matter what color and shape they are. Depending on the variety, sweet potato flesh can vary from white to orange and even purple. We like using the creamy, white-fleshed Japanese Sweet Potato variety with red or brown skin.
Baby’s First Thanksgiving Sweet Potatoes
After roasting the sweet potatoes for the big meal, keep a few aside. Process them in the food processor and add unsweetened coconut milk until they’re smooth and creamy (about 5 minutes). Unsweetened coconut milk is a great source of nutrients for baby, but you can also use water. Add more liquid until your desired consistency is reached, keep it smooth for first time eaters or chunky for toddler. Sprinkle a little pumpkin pie spice (or cinnamon) for a festive holiday treat for your little one.
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