Sweet potatoes are a huge deal in my house, they have to be included in our meals at least four times in one week. All of my children (including the husband) love the sweetness of this yummy vegetable, and it makes for an awesome first-time dish for babies.
I first introduced sweet potatoes to my kids when they were a bunch of fussy, tantrum-throwing toddlers. They immediately took a liking to it and since then, I’ve been experimenting with a variety of sweet potato dishes and recipes that are super nutritious and delicious at the same time. Sweet potatoes can be introduced to a child from 6 months! Since they are the least allergenic of all baby foods, they are preferred by infants.
The following sweet potato dishes are a huge hit in my house, hope your kids love them too!
Note: These recipes are meant for kids above the age of 7 months only.
Sweet Potato and Parsnip Soup (serves 4)
This wholesome recipe was a gift from my mother-in-law when my first-born came along. It makes for a delightful Sunday-evening snack and my kids gobble it down in a jiffy!
- 2-3 parsnips
- 3-5 sweet potatoes
- 3 white potatoes
- Two onions
- 650-700 ml of vegetable stock
- Wash all the veggies thoroughly and peel them.
- Next, finely chop the veggies.
- Throw in the veggies in a large pan along with the broth.
- Boil this mixture till it starts boiling.
- Cook on a low flame for about 30 minutes.
- Prod the vegetables with a fork to check if they are tender. Turn off the gas stove.
- After having cooled the veggies, blend them in a food processor or blender.
- Heat this up before serving your hungry monsters!
Sweet Potato Frittata (serves 4)
A lip-smacking breakfast option, this dish is filled with healthy ingredients and is so tasty you might start drooling at its aroma!
- 5-6 eggs
- 3-4 sweet potatoes
- 60 gms cheese
- 5 tbsp of fresh chives
- 3 small onions or shallots
- Boil the potatoes together, till they are perfectly cooked/tender. Cool them down.
- Beat the eggs in a bowl, along with chives.
- Pour olive oil in a pan and saute the onions until they turn golden brown.
- Dice the potatoes and add them in the pan with the onions.
- Throw in the eggs and chives mixture in the pan, cook until the egg has properly settled down and has turned brown from the sides.
- Add some cheese for garnishing and warm in the oven before serving.
Roasted Sweet Potato Wedges (serves 4)
This sweet potato dish is our favourite thing to snack on during movie nights!
- 4 sweet potatoes
- 1 and a half tbsp of garlic-flavoured olive oil (use regular olive oil in case you can’t score this)
- ½ tsp mustard seeds
- 2 tsp of chopped rosemary (make sure the rosemary is fresh)
- ½ tsp of salt
- Set the oven at 450C and let it preheat.
- Wash, peel, and dice the potatoes in the shape of wedges.
- Throw in all the ingredients in a large bowl with the potatoes and mix thoroughly.
- Ensure that the potato is coated properly.
- Cover your baking tray with butter paper or simply grease with some butter.
- Bake the wedges for about 30 minutes.
- This dish has to be had immediately, do not let it get cold!
Sweet Potato Spread (serves 3)
For days when you aren’t in the mood to cook extravagant meals, this dish comes as a saviour.
- 1 cup of boiled and mashed sweet potatoes
- ¼ cup of Yoghurt
- ½ tsp of curry powder
- Pinch of pepper and salt
- Chopped scallions
- Throw in the mashed potatoes, curry powder, and yoghurt in a blender or food processor until they form a thick consistency.
- Add a pinch of pepper and salt.
- Garnish with the chopped scallions.
- Lay the spread out on slices of bread and serve with some homemade chips!
Chicken and Sweet Potato Stew (serves 4)
This one is of my personal favourites and I love preparing it for my babies!
- 2 tbsp of peanut oil (olive oil can be used for this dish as well)
- 1 kg boneless chicken
- 4 cups of chopped onion
- 2 cups of carrot
- 2 cups of yellow bell pepper
- 3 tbsp of cumin powder
- 1 tsp of curry powder
- 5 cups of chopped tomatoes
- 1 tsp of turmeric powder
- 3 cups of sweet potato
- 15 ounces of chicken broth
- Salt (to taste)
- 1 tsp of black pepper powder
- Pour olive oil in a pan and add the boneless chicken.
- Cook for about 5 minutes till the chicken becomes slightly soft.
- Next, add the carrots, onions, bell pepper, cumin powder, curry powder, salt, and turmeric.
- Cook for another 10 minutes on a low flame.
- Next, add the stock, tomatoes, chickpeas, and pepper.
- Bring this mixture to a boil on medium flame, then reduce it and simmer cook for another 25 minutes.
- Serve hot with steamed rice or flatbread.
These sweet potato dishes are remarkably easy to put together and kids love them! Try them out and let me know which ones hit the right spots!