Saturday 27 November 2010


The Underrated Sweet Potato/Sød Kartoffel/番薯[fān shǔ]

For babies from 6 months.

1. Wash, peel and chop 600g of sweet potatoes into pieces

2. Steam for 15 minutes or until tender

3. Add 6 teaspoons of powder milk and 6 teaspoons of olive oil (optional but recommended)

4. Puree with fork (for babies from 7 months to teach them how to eat lumpy food) or with blender (for babies 6 months and younger)


Bake whole sweet potatoes in oven at 200°C (400°F) for 45 minutes, then puree them.

1. Cool down, pour into ice cube tray and freeze.

2. Once frozen, knock the cubes out and store them in freezer bags (makes 2-3 ice cube trays, can store up to 8 weeks)

Nutritional Value:
Sweet potatoes are an excellent source of vitamin A (in the form of beta-carotene) and a very good source of vitamin C and manganese, a good source of vitamin B6, potassium, iron, copper, dietary fiber and manganese.

Sweet potato contains unique root storage proteins that have been observed to have significant antioxidant capacities. In one study, these proteins had about one-third the antioxidant activity of glutathione-one of the body's most impressive internally produced antioxidants.

Additional information:

Sweet potato is superior to potato in terms of nutrients, but it is not readily available in Denmark and is very expensive. But if it is widely available where you live, it is a better choice than potato.

Some danes ask me if sweet potatoes are potatoes sweetened with sugar. The answer is no. Sweet potatoes are a type of root vegetable that look like potatoes, but the flesh inside is orange in colour and they are naturally sweet when cooked, steamed or baked. The picture above show how they look like. They can be purchased in Irma supermakets.

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