Starchy sweet potatoes are so versatile. Although yellow-orange flesh is most common, there are many varieties of sweet potatoes with flesh and skin that can be white, cream, yellow, deep purple, orange or pink. Sweet potatoes are a great source of beta-carotene and provide children with sizeable amount of daily vitamin A needs. In order to enjoy the full benefit of beta-carotene, it is important to add some fat in sweet potato dishes. Recent studies show that, a healthy amount of fat(0.15 oz) per meal significantly increases uptake of beta-carotene from sweet potatoes.
Toddlers and older kids enjoy this oven fried sweet potatoes. Even adults cannot stop munching on them. These fries are healthy and not drenched in oil like the deep fried ones. I use olive oil in the recipe but other oil such as canola oil can also be substituted. Spices such as powdered cinnamon, nutmeg or clove can provide extra flavor and nutrition if your baby is ready to take on some seasoning.
Although the skin can be consumed of an organically grown sweet potato, I peel them off when making the fries as a baby food for ease of digestion. Conventionally grown skin should be peeled as they may be treated with dye or wax. Flesh of sweet potato darkens similar to regular potato. Therefore, sweet potato should be cooked immediately after peeling or cutting. If they cannot be cooked right away, keep them soaked completely in water in a bowl to prevent oxidation.
Recipe : Oven Fried Sweet Potatoes
Age Group: 6 months +
1 medium sweet potato
1 tea spoon olive oil
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line a baking tray with parchment paper.
- Wash, peel and cut the sweet potato into fries – about ¼ inch thick and 3 inches long.
- Drizzle the cut fries with olive oil.
- Place sweet potato fries in single layer on the baking sheet.
- Bake for 25 minutes turning once.
- Great as finger food.
- Depending on the oven temperature and thickness of the fries, the baking time may vary. Check to ensure the sides aren’t burning.
- For very young babies, the fries may need to be mashed.