I started to introduce solids to my daughter at around 5.5 months. I skipped the ever so popular cereals that paediatricians recommend and dove right into the nutrient dense foods. I was super drawn to the baby led weaning style of feeding but it turns out, it just wasn't for us. And once I decided to make the switch to purées, I was unstoppable.
At about 6.5 months she was fully interested in eating anything and everything. I was over the moon and became instantly obsessed with creating new and exciting blends for her. Now that she is 8 months I have started to introduce some texture into my purées. I have come up with some really amazing and well balanced recipes but we especially love our sweet potato blends. This specific recipe is one that I recommend a lot to parents with 8+ month old babies.
Sweet potatoes are packed with vitamin A, potassium and fibre (which is always fabulous for the digestive system). I paired the potato with quinoa for its incredible protein content. Quinoa also has a fair amount of iron which is important for babies over 6 months of age. Coconut oil is high in those essential healthy fats that support our brain development and helps to maintain a healthy state of mind. I want her loving those necessary fats as soon as possible! The apple sweetens it all up naturally and adds its own list of health benefits including a generous amount of Vitamin C. Lastly, cinnamon is such a powerful little flavour that brings everything together.
Sweet Potato and Quinoa Puree
*Makes roughly 2 cups
- 1 medium sweet potato (1.5 cups), peeled, cubed, and steamed
- 1/2 cup unsweetened organic applesauce
- 1/2 Tbsp. coconut oil
- 1 Tsp. cinnamon
- ½ cup steam water from the sweet potato (or just enough to reach desired consistency)
- ½ cup quinoa, rinsed, drained, and cooked
- In a food processor or blender, blend together the sweet potato, applesauce, coconut oil, cinnamon, and water.
- Fold in the cooked quinoa and store the blend in the fridge (for up to 4 days) or freezer portioned in an ice cube tray. Once frozen, remove the portions and store them in a labeled freezer bag. Frozen portions are good for 3 months.
*Note: I'm not going to lie; this purée really is delicious and should not be limited to baby food. I can see it pairing nicely on top of some fresh leafy greens, walnuts or pecans, and some dried fruit such as currants or cranberries.