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Baby Food Recipe: Sweet Potatoes with Spinach and Peas

Owen turned seven months this week and has really progressed in his eating since we started a little over a month ago. I forgot how quickly the puree stage transitions to finger foods. In fact, Owen is increasingly more interested in eating little bits of our food and, as a second child, tends to get what we’re eating simply because it’s easier and we’re less nervous (*ahem* less particular) than with Olivia. But I still like to include at least one puree at each meal because it packs a nutritious punch that finger foods can lack.

Baby Food - Sweet Potatoes with Spinach and Peas

Here is one of my current faves from Annabel Karmel. I love the combo of spinach with sweet potatoes because, as a breastfed baby, Owen’s store of iron is mostly depleted and the vitamin C in the sweet potatoes helps his little body absorb the iron in spinach. You can also skip the puree part and serve the softened veggies as finger foods.

Baby Food - Sweet Potatoes with Spinach and Peas

Sweet potatoes with spinach and peas

  • 1 tablespoon unsalted butter
  • 1/2 cup washed and sliced leek
  • 1 large sweet potato, peeled and chopped
  • 1/2 cup frozen peas
  • 3/4 cup fresh spinach, washed with tough stems removed

Melt the butter in a saucepan. Saute the leek for 2-3 minutes or until softened. Add the sweet potato. Pour in 1 cup water, bring to a boil, cover, and simmer for 7-8 minutes. Add the peas and spinach. Cook for 3 minutes. Puree the vegetables in a blender until at the preferred consistency for your baby.

Baby Food - Sweet Potatoes with Spinach and Peas


  1. Shree May 23, 2012 at 7:21 pm

    My baby is 7 months too. She is breast fed as well. We mix formula with here cereal and foods for some extra iron and vitamins.

  2. Amy

    Amy May 24, 2012 at 1:31 pm

    Great idea Shree – thanks!

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