If you are looking for a quick and easy meal to feed your little one, we have just the recipe idea for you! This combination of bananas, sweet potatoes and (jasmine) rice is bursting with important nutrients for growing babies and you can make it in a variety of ways. If your baby is just beginning solid foods, you may want to follow the "4 day wait rule" and prepare and puree each ingredient separately. If you have already offered your baby all of these ingredients then go forth and blend up a yummy meal for him. Now without meaning to confuse you, if your little one has had at least two of the ingredients already, then you can blend everything together. Should your little one have any type of reaction such as a rash or gas, then you will still be able to pinpoint which food may have caused the trouble.
This recipe is suitable for babies 6 months and older
Sweet Potato Banana & Rice Puree
- 1 medium sized sweet potato, baked
- 1 banana, peeled
- 1/2 cup rice, cooked *
Step 1: Preheat oven to 400 degrees F.
Step 2: Wash and scrub a medium sweet potato (try to prepare a bunch of sweet potatoes rather then just one; heating the oven for one sweet potato is not energy efficient. You may also bake a sweet potato beside the main course you are roasting for the family.)
Step 3: Bake for approximately 45 minutes to 1.5 hours.
Step 4: Once sweet potato is baked, allow to cool.
Step 5: Remove sweet potato flesh from skin and transfer to blender/food processor.
Step 6: Peel the banana and then cut or break into bits, transfer into blender/food processor.
Step 7: Add the cooked rice to the blender/food processor .
Step 8: Blend the ingredients into a texture that will suit your little one's needs. Add water, breast milk and/or formula to thin as needed.
The recipe freezes well but may separate upon thawing and heating; stir vigorously to combine.
* Brown rice is a better option for babies as it contains the whole of the grain and therefore more nutrients. While I used jasmine rice for these photos (and for my curry dish), you may find brown jasmine rice at your local grocer's.
Finger Food Meal: Dice baked sweet potato and bananas and then add to a scoop of cooked rice. Top with a dollop of plain yogurt if desired.