Yam and sweet potato are combined to make this nutritious pottage which can be introduced to babies as a purée from 6 months or given to older babies who are able to chew their food on their own.
I believe it is better and wiser to introduce babies to chewing at an early stage, so that they don’t get too used to only puréed food. So, at 8-9 months, rather than purée baby’s food, why don’t you mash it a bit with a fork and leave lots of chunks for the little munchkin to chew on…they have no teeth but their gums are harder than you think. It is equally a good exercise for them and helps their development.
So, as we make purées to start weaning process, we should endeavour to progress babies to using their teeth (more of their gums at the moment), so that they ease in effortlessly to enjoying family meals.
Yam, Sweet Potato and Chicken Combo Recipe
- 1/4 of a slice or small slice of yam (cut into small cubes)
- Equal size of sweet potato (cut into small cubes)
- Shredded Chicken (about a handful)
- 1 small tomato (chopped into small cubes)
- 1 small onion (finely sliced)
- 1 medium carrot (cut into small cubes)
- 4 stalks of green beans (finely sliced)
- 1 clove of garlic (crushed or chopped finely)
- 1 tsp thyme
- 1 tbsp Vegetable oil
- Chicken stock for cooking
- A little pinch of salt or seasoning cube (this is optional especially if making purée for baby) Salt is advised not to be added to baby food and I agree personally to an extent…a little pinch can’t be too bad.
- Place all the ingredients except the green beans in a pot and put on fire. Cook for about 20-25 minutes or till the yam and potatoes are softened enough for baby to chew.
- Add the green beans and simmer for about 2 minutes. Ensure there is enough stock in the pottage and add more if needed.
- Put down and serve or purée in a hand blender.
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