Sweet Potato and Apple Fritters

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These fritters were absolutely delicious. I didn’t think I would like them that much. And baby Alexander was into them, too!

I don’t know about you, but any chance I can use sweet potatoes, I use them. And any chance I can use apples, I use them. 

When I came across a recipe for mashed sweet potatoes and apples, I knew I had to try it. Then I remembered the two times we have given Alexander mashed potatoes…. and I remembered how messy it was…. and how he didn’t actually eat any of it and just played with it instead….

So I decided to turn that mash into fritters.

And this is the final product! 

First, grab your ingredients. If you want to JUST make the mash, then you’ll only need the ingredients that I’ve italicized. For the whole shebang, you’ll want them all! And trust me, if this is for your baby, you will want them all…

Ingredients for this: two sweet potatoes, one apple, milk, cinnamon, allspice, a pinch of salt, one egg, and some flour (Ignore the breadcrumbs in the picture and just pretend that it’s flour! I changed my mind halfway through the recipe!).

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Peel and dice your potatoes and apple. Then start to boil your sweet potatoes.

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Next, toss your apples into a pan with a teaspoon of cinnamon (I don’t recommend grinding up a cinnamon stick! We kept getting tiny bits of cinnamon in our bites….) and a 1/2 teaspoon of allspice. (You can add some sugar at this stage, if you want.)

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I added butter to my pan because…. well, because butter is amazing. (We love THIS STUFF.)

That needs to cook on medium-low (gas mark 3) for about 15 minutes until the apples are soft enough to smush.

The apples and sweet potatoes should finish at about the same time, so toss them both into a bowl (or blender) and mash to your heart’s content.

Mash mash mash. 

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And then you get some delicious Sweet Potato and Apple Mash!

This stuff is really great by itself.

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Now, for the fritters….

Add 1 egg and a pinch of salt to the mixture. Now, you will add some flour. It’s hard to say how much because it will depend on (a) the size of your sweet potatoes, (b) the size of your apple, and (c) how much mash you have left after setting some aside.

You want the mixture to be very thick, to the point that it basically holds its shape. You should be able to scoop some onto a spoon without half of it rolling off the spoon.

Once you get that thick consistency, heat a teeny bit of oil in a pan. Use a spoon to scoop the mixture into the hot pan.

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You see how it doesn’t flatten out? It stays in a mound shape. That’s the consistency you want!

After several minutes, these should flip over very easily. 

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Some of those LOOK burned, but no. No no. They were all delicious, no matter how they looked.

After a few more minutes on that side, they are ready to eat!

Here is your printable recipe (for the fritters, not the mash):

Sweet Potato and Apple Fritters
Serves 4
A sweet handheld treat for your baby
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Prep Time
10 min
Cook Time
30 min
Total Time
40 min
Prep Time
10 min
Cook Time
30 min
Total Time
40 min
Ingredients
  1. 2 sweet potatoes (peeled and diced)
  2. 1 apple (peeled, cored, and diced)
  3. 1 teaspoon of cinnamon
  4. 1/2 teaspoon of allspice
  5. 1/4 cup of milk
  6. 1 egg
  7. a pinch of salt
  8. flour
Instructions
  1. Boil the sweet potatoes.
  2. Meanwhile, melt some butter in a pan and toss the apples, cinnamon, and allspice in. Let that cook for 15 minutes or until the apples are soft.
  3. Mash the sweet potatoes with the apples, milk, egg, and salt.
  4. Slowly add flour until you reach a very thick consistency.
  5. Heat a bit of oil in a pan. Scoop spoonfuls of the mixture in the hot pan.
  6. Cook for several minutes, flip, and cook a few more minutes on the other side.
Notes
  1. You can modify step #3 and just add sweet potatoes, apple, and milk, and enjoy this as a mash instead of turning it into fritters. I have not frozen these, so I'm not sure how they would hold up for long-term.
Adapted from All Recipes.com
Adapted from All Recipes.com
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Easy Veggie Quiche

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Okay I goofed up when I made this the first time. 

I’m not gonna lie to you guys.

This quiche that’s pictured is missing an ingredient. But I made it again! And it was way better the second time. So just follow THIS recipe and pretend the pictures are exactly correct. 😀

The ingredients you’ll need for the CRUST are 1 cup of flour, 1/3 cup of shortening (I use Crisco), and 1/2 teaspoon of salt. You’ll also need a little water.

The ingredients you’ll need for the inside are 6 eggs, a handful of cheese, a handful of vegetables (I used a pre-shredded mixture of Brussels sprouts, cabbage, and kale), and 3/4 cup of milk.

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Since I forgot the milk the first time I made it, I just added milk to the picture, in case you can’t see it in your head.

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Preheat your oven to 375F.

Now, make your crust! I really like making crust these days.

Mix the crust ingredients with your hands (okay, you can use some sort of kitchen tool, but I like getting my hands messy). You’ll add some water a little at a time, until you get a big ball of dough. It shouldn’t really be sticking to your hands at that point. 

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Our rolling pin is in a moving box right now! So I used my hands to “roll out” the dough on a floured surface.

5Now, transfer that to some sort of baking dish.

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Mix the inside ingredients in a bowl. Then sprinkle your cheese onto the crust and pour the insides on top of it.

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Bake at 375F for about 30 minutes, until it doesn’t jiggle anymore!

Here’s your printable recipe:

Easy Vegetarian Quiche
Yields 6
A yummy and moist breakfast dish
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Prep Time
15 min
Cook Time
30 min
Total Time
45 min
Prep Time
15 min
Cook Time
30 min
Total Time
45 min
For the crust
  1. 1 cup of flour
  2. 1/3 cup of shortening
  3. 1/2 teaspoon of salt
For the inside
  1. 1 handful of shredded cheese
  2. 1 handful of chopped vegetables of your choice
  3. 6 eggs
  4. 3/4 cup of milk
For the crust
  1. Mix the flour, shortening, and salt with a little water.
  2. Knead together until a ball of dough forms.
  3. Roll it out onto a floured surface and transfer it to a baking dish.
For the inside
  1. Mix the eggs, veggies, and milk in a bowl.
  2. Sprinkle the cheese onto the crust.
  3. Pour the mixture on top of the cheese.
  4. Bake at 375F for about 30 minutes.
Notes
  1. I cut mine into 6 slices, wrap each slice in foil, and stick them in the fridge!
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What’s the Big Deal With Honey, Salt, and Sugar?

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With baby led weaning, there are just a handful of “rules” that you’re supposed to follow. Three of them say no honey, no added salt, and no added sugar.

First, here’s a thought: Babies don’t know if something is “bland”. We have acquired tastes, as adults. We like sweet things and we like salty things. But babies have only been drinking breastmilk or formula for as long as they’ve been alive! So they don’t care if it’s “bland”. To them, it’s a brand new flavor. 

Besides that, though, what’s so bad about honey, salt, and sugar?

HONEY

The rule is “no honey before the age of 1”. But why is that? “Honey can contain spores of a bacterium called Clostridium botulinum, which can germinate in a baby’s immature digestive system and cause infant botulism, a rare but potentially fatal illness.” (Source) Interestingly enough, most babies who contract infant botulism don’t get it from honey. They swallowed microscopic dust particles that contained the spores. (Source)

To be safe, don’t bake with honey. Don’t give it as a sweetener. Don’t give anything that has honey as an ingredient. Period. After at least 12 months, it’s considered to be safer.

SALT

We add salt to our food almost absentmindedly. But there are a ton of other herbs and spices you can use instead of salt

The rule is that a baby under a year shouldn’t have more than 400 mg of sodium in a day. (The picture at the very top is what 400 mg of sodium looks like… it’s about 1/4 teaspoon.) 

1/4 teaspoon isn’t very much, really. But take this recipe for example: It’s for blueberry muffins. And it calls for a pinch of salt. Let’s just say it’s 1/4 teaspoon, even though it’s less than that. But for the sake of the example, let’s say it’s 1/4 teaspoon. That means that entire recipe contains 400 mg of sodium. It made 10 muffins, which means each muffin contains 40 mg of sodium. I don’t know about your baby, but my baby would only eat 1 muffin in a day (maybe 2!). In order to meet the quota for daily salt intake, my baby would need to eat TEN BLUEBERRY MUFFINS.

Do you see what I’m getting at? Even though 1/4 teaspoon is not much, the chance that your baby is really going to consume that much in a day is unlikely. If you do eat something that’s extra salty (pre-made food is almost always more salty than homemade), just monitor the salt intake for the rest of the day. 

But what’s so bad about salt anyway? The short answer is that babies’ kidneys are too immature to deal with added salt. If a baby has too much salt on a regular basis, it can lead to high blood pressure, and it triples the risk of heart disease and stroke later in life. It can increase the baby’s risk of stomach cancer and obesity as well. (Salt makes you thirsty. So you want to drink more. If you drink water, great, but if you’re drinking soda or juice, then salt makes you drink more of it!) (Source)

SUGAR

The biggest issue with sugar is that it can cause tooth decay! The daily limit of sugar for a baby is approximately 2 teaspoons. That’s the MAX. In other words, don’t offer it just because you can!

I do occasionally use a little sugar if I’m baking. But often I substitute the sugar with something like agave nectar. And for baking, I usually just swap the sugar for unsweetened applesauce! 

 

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Does Order of Consumption Matter?

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Someone brought this up to me recently: Should you eat your meat and your fruit at the same time, in the same meal?

I didn’t find any information about meat and fruit specifically, but I found a few things about “meat and carbs” and other combinations of foods. I didn’t find any information about the order of eating when it comes to babies! I’m guessing it’s because baby led weaning is a newer term, and there aren’t studies out there. 

When it comes to your baby, offering lots of fruit throughout the day can give him a taste for sweet things, which isn’t ideal. So I would suggest offering vegetables and proteins to your baby, and then 10 minutes later, putting a piece of fruit on his tray/plate if you are worried about it. But that doesn’t have anything to do with digestion.

There is a lot of evidence to support eating your protein first. But the reason is that it could help with weight loss. It doesn’t seem to connect with digestion.

Eating protein first will stimulate insulin production, and insulin can suppress appetite. If you eat a little of your protein first, then chances are, you’ll eat less throughout your meal. 

This website (Fruits and Veggies More Matters) points out that, once the food is consumed in the same meal, it all gets mashed together in your stomach.

“Fruit is nutritious, raw or cooked, and is readily digested, whether alone or in combination with other foods.” (Source)

“Your digestive tract can handle a variety of food groups at the same time. There is no proof that eating protein and carbohydrates separately aids digestion….” (Source)

The conclusion, to me, is that it doesn’t really matter for your baby. If you offer fruits and veggies and proteins all at once, your baby will eat what he wants to eat, in the order he wants to eat it. Now, there will almost always be a study out there that proves your point, which is why I tried to find several different sources. That said, which sources can you trust? Many of the quotes I mentioned don’t have a credible source or research cited. I don’t generally trust random quotes on the internet because you never really know what’s opinion and what is fact. 

Remember, you are the mama (or dad… do I have any dads who follow my page?), so go with your gut. If something seems off, or if your baby seems to have trouble with digestion, then start to find the culprit. Until then, I wouldn’t stress about the order of food or the way you combine your offerings.

Finally, I will leave this here. My friend Nick said it, and I think it’s great advice: “Just eat naturally occurring food in reasonable portions, and everything will be ok.”

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Peanut Butter Banana Ice Pops

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Incredibly easy. Delicious for baby AND parents.

First, you’ll need to pop a banana in the freezer for several hours. 

Tick tock tick tock.

Okay, now that your banana is frozen, grab some milk and peanut butter. (See my post from yesterday about peanuts and peanut butter!)

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Yes, my banana is sitting directly on the counter. But I do wipe it down before these pictures! And soon — SOON, I say! — I’ll have a lovely surface on which to take these super high quality, professional (iPhone camera) food photos.

Anyway, you’ll simply blend these ingredients until it’s nice and smooooth. (Say that out loud with me: “Smoooooooooth”.)

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I have these fantastic little ice pop molds from Munchkin. (That’s an affiliate link, by the way.)

Pour your mixture into your molds. 

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They’ll need to freeze for at least 4 hours before you can enjoy them. I made them while I was cooking breakfast, so by the time lunch rolled around, they were ready!

This recipe makes a little too much for 6 mini ice pops. So I poured the rest of the mixture into a glass and had myself a small peanut butter banana smoothie. Yum!

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It seems a bit silly to include a recipe card here, but I do like to be consistent. So here ya go:

Peanut Butter Banana Ice Pops
Yields 6
Super easy and yummy treat for your baby
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Prep Time
3 hr
Cook Time
4 hr
Total Time
7 hr
Prep Time
3 hr
Cook Time
4 hr
Total Time
7 hr
Ingredients
  1. 1 frozen banana (which is why I said prep time is 3 hours)
  2. 2 tablespoons of peanut butter
  3. 1/4 cup of milk
Instructions
  1. Peel and freeze a banana.
  2. Blend the frozen banana with the peanut butter and milk.
  3. Pour the mixture into ice pop molds.
  4. Freeze for 4+ hours.
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