Sunday, 24 June 2012

Sweet Potato and Red Pepper Mash with Thyme - Healthy Baby Recipes

This is my little girls absolute favourite dinner! It's gloriously messy for them to eat, but an absolute winner every time. Again its a one pot wonder, so very little washing up and you can make in under 10 minutes. Winner! I also add a very delicate amount of Chilli flakes just to give it a little poke, along with the Red Peppers this super charges the dish with Vitamin C.


Sweet Potato and Red Pepper Mash with Thyme

2 Small Sweet Potatoes
Half a Red Pepper
Half an Onion
Some Fresh Thyme 
Rapeseed Oil
Black Pepper
Chilli flakes

Finely chop the onion and place in a small saucepan with a little glug of Rapeseed Oil. Gently fry for a minute or so then chop your Red Peppers into 1cm cubes and add these along with the picked Fresh Thyme leaves and a little pinch of the Chilli flakes. Get the kettle on. When the ingredients have fried for a minute or so put them onto a plate and fill up the saucepan with enough water to cover the Sweet Potatoes, add the boiled water and boil the Potatoes for 4 minutes until cooked but not mush (test with a fork).

When the Sweet Potatoes are cooked, drain and allow to steam for a minute or so (this removes some of the water and intensifies the flavours) then crush gently (not to a pulp) with the back of a fork. Then stir in your Red Peppers and Onion mix and season with Black Pepper.

Loads of Vitamin C from the Peppers and Chilli, Omega 3 and 6 from the Rapeseed Oil, complex carbs, bursting with flavour... No wonder she loves it!

Remember mash holds the heat so make sure its cool enough for baby to put her hands into before serving (little tip, I serve it on a cold plate to bring the temperature of the mash down quickly).


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