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Yams are a huge part of Thanksgiving dinner.  They’ve always been one of my favorite sides, especially since I’m not a mashed potato fan.  I pretty much like them any way you want to serve them: sliced, whole, in a casserole with marshmallows on top, mashed… every year it’s something different at my house.  And every year I lick the plate clean.

Yams, apples and spices all go into the food processor.

Well, last year I was about to start making baby food since my son had just turned six months-old.  Since you’re supposed to start with vegetables, I had plenty of yams for pureeing.  But I also had a bunch of apples.  And since apples and yams go so well together, I thought what if while making food for Aidan, I whipped up a side dish for Thanksgiving? I already had all the ingredients, all I needed to do was make enough to feed 20 people.  So I baked all my yams and apples, threw in some cinnamon and allspice, pureed the whole bunch, and voila, a yummy side dish that’s perfect for the holidays.  And as my son can attest, is also a great first food for babies.

Yum!

Mashed Apples and Yams

(Makes 8 servings)

  • 4 lbs of yams
  • 2-3 apples, (I like Granny Smith or Gala) peeled, cored and cut into 1 inch pieces
  • 4 Tbsp butter
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp allspice

Wrap yams in tinfoil and bake them in a 375°F oven for 1 hour and 30 minutes. When they’re done, they should be soft to the touch and oozing juice.

While the yams are baking, cook the chopped apples in a pot of boiling water until tender, about 7-10 minutes.  Drain, pat dry, and place in food processor.

Pull the yams out of the oven and scoop the meat of the yam out of the skin and into the food processor with the apples.  Blend the apples and yams together until smooth.

Add the butter and spices and blend until the butter is melted.

Serve immediately. 

This dish can be made a day ahead, just cover and refrigerate. When ready to serve, place the yam and apple mixture in a large saucepan over medium-low heat until hot. Transfer to serving dish and serve.

For the mommies:  Not only is this a great side for Thanksgiving, since it’s mashed yams and apples, this is a great first food for babies 6 – 10 months-old. Just make sure it’s not too hot and baby can have Thanksgiving dinner with you and the family (or any other time of the year).

**As always, this is based on my own personal experience. Please check with your baby’s pediatrician on introducing solid foods, as these suggestions may not apply to your infant. **

Apple Sauce

The last two weeks have been full of travel.  First my husband, son and I went to Orlando for a wedding and to see Disneyworld.  Then last weekend my hubs and I were in Vegas for another wedding.  And since it was Vegas, we decided not to bring the baby for a couple reasons.  First it gave us a nice weekend together and second it gave the grandparents 2 full days of the baby all to themselves.  A fun time was had by all. 

But as is life, the fun somehow always comes to an end. My hubs and I returned to real life in Los Angeles and my son caught some sort of awful stomach bug, which means a change in his diet. I remember my doctor always told me the best thing for a stomach virus is the B.R.A.T. diet.

In case you’re wondering what B.R.A.T. stands for, I’m going to tell you.

  • B is for Bananas
  • R is for Rice
  • A is for apples
  • T is for toast

These four items are very good at coating the stomach and binding things up.  The only thing is, they’re all kind of plain on thier own.  I mean, there’s nothing worse than dry toast.  I have to at least spread a little butter on it.  So, since I like to spice things up a bit, I always make apple sauce for the A portion of the diet.  It’s so easy and it’s delicious no matter if it’s warm right out of the pan or ice cold out of the refrigerator. 

Personally, I like it warm.  Especially on a cold day with some tea.  It’s one of those great comfort foods that always makes me feel better. My hubs adores it too and always asks me to whip him up a batch when he’s sick.  So, since my little man isn’t feeling well, and this apple sauce always makes me and the hubs feel better, I’m hoping it’ll do the same for my son.  And maybe it’ll do the same for you.

Apple Sauce

  • 4 apples of your choice, diced. (I like Granny Smith or Pink Ladies)
  • 1 cup of water
  • 2 tsp cinnamon

Fill a 3 qt sauce pan with the water and diced apples.  Cover and cook over a low heat for 20-25 minutes, until the apples are nice and soft.

Turn off the heat and mash up the apples in the pan with a fork.  Once mashed to your liking, stir in the cinnamon.  Spoon into a bowl and serve.

Carrot Fries

I realized the other day that the subhead for Kitchy Cooking is “a blog for newlyweds and parents who like to entertain” but I don’t have any specific baby/toddler food recipes on the site.  There are a few recipes that not only feed adults, but can also be fed to your little one like the Tomato Soup or the Chicken Taco Salad, but I don’t have anything that’s specifically baby-based.  Well, this post will change that.

Thankfully, my little guy is not a fussy eater.  If I’m making something for me and my husband, 9 times out of 10 my son will eat it.  But sometimes, I’m not making a nice meal for the three of us.  Sometimes, all I want to do is scrounge around in the fridge for left overs or make a sandwich.  And while that’s fine for me and my man, it unfortunately, won’t work for the little guy. 

Since Aidan can only do peas and hummus so many nights in a row, I’m always on the lookout for another easy meal I can whip up.  Well thanks to Parents.com and Itty Bitty Bistro I found a recipe that was simple, quick and a huge success: crinkle cut carrot fries.  If you don’t own a crinkle cutter, don’t fret.  I don’t own one either.  And since straight cut french fries are just as good as the crinkle cut kind, I figured plain old straight cut carrot fries would also be just as yummy.  I was right.

Aidan couldn’t get enough.  Every time he stuffed one in his mouth he was pointing at the plate asking for another. If your toddler won’t eat his veggies, I guarantee this recipe will make him change his mind.  It’s only 4 ingredients, takes no time, and the best thing about it, they make a great side for a nice chicken or steak dinner for the parents.

Carrot Fries

  • 1 lb of carrots
  • 1 Tbsp olive oil
  • 1/2 tsp thyme
  • 1/4 tsp salt

Preheat the oven to 400 degrees. 

Cut the carrots length-wise in 1/2 inch thick sticks with your crinkle cutter (or straight if you, like me, don’t own one).  Toss the carrot sticks with the thyme, olive oil and salt.

Spread the carrot fries on a parchment-lined cookie sheet and bake for 20-25 minutes until soft.  Pull out and let cool for five minutes for the toddlers. (Serve immediately for adults.)

*These carrots are great for babies 8 months and up who have at least 4 teeth or more. You may need to bake them a little longer so they’ll be soft enough for them to gnaw on.*

**As always, this is based on my own personal experience. Please check with your baby’s pediatrician on introducing solid foods, as these suggestions may not apply to your infant. **