Mmmmm, Sweet Potatoes!

31 07 2008

Yes, that’s right.  Masher loves sweet potatoes … well diluted with breastmilk anyway.  We started ’em a few days ago, just put a few sweet potatoes in the oven to bake and mashed them up when they were done.  Since they were still pretty lumpy, I put a couple of scoops in the food processor and then pushed them through a sieve.  Half of the strained mixture went into the fridge for immediate consumption, and the other half into the freezer for later.  I still need to get some ice cube trays for freezing small individual amounts of whatever I make, but I just put it all in one container for now.

And then, since I totally overestimated and baked three giant yams when Masher probably eats the equivalent of 1/20 a sweet potato at one sitting, I made some very tasty sweet potato banana bread using the leftover potatoes and chunkier bits and a few overripe bananas on my counter.  I modified the recipe slightly, using less sugar and more banana and potato than it called for and made two loaves.  Yum!

Speaking of overripe fruit, yesterday I had a mushy plum and another banana wasting away on the kitchen counter, so I played with a recipe from this week’s Post food section to make a tasty frozen dessert.  My version was easier and probably healthier–just processed the banana and plum (skin, too, for the plum, not the banana!), added some yogurt and honey, and stuck it in a bowl in the freezer for a few hours.  Even my yogurt-averse husband thought it tasted pretty good!  And it was especially refreshing after the fire-breathing chicken stew we had for dinner.  (Note to self:  One family doesn’t need more than one-two jalapeno plants in their garden.  Seven is way too many.)

Unfortunately, Baby Masher wasn’t ready for any this exciting food, although we do plan to debut the all-mighty avocado with him tomorrow.



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