Nutmeg’s health benefits include its antibacterial activity, particularly for teeth, its ability to aid sleep and alleviate digestive distress. Less is more when it comes to this spice – if ingested in very large quantities, it can cause unpleasant side effects like palpitations and sweating so use it with a light hand. Sweet potatoes are one of the most nutritious vegetables around bursting with vitamins A, B and C, manganese and fiber. And most babies love them! To maximize the absorption of nutrients, it’s good to cook sweet potatoes with some fat like olive oil used here.
Serves 2 kids or 1 toddler/kid as a side dish
1 medium sweet potato peeled and chopped into 1 inch pieces
2 teaspoons olive oil
A pinch, about 1/8 teaspoon ground nutmeg
Water for steaming
Dollop of butter (optional)
Cook the potatoes until soft using your method of choice, preferably steaming or pressure-cooking to preserve nutrients. Drain the potatoes saving some water if you prefer a more liquid puree. Warm the oil in a pot over medium heat, add the cooked potatoes and nutmeg and sauté for 1 minute until the spice is cooked through. You can add salt for older kids and adults.
Puree, lightly mash or leave in pieces. You can amp up the mash with a dollop of butter. Serve as a side for Thanksgiving or year round with fish or chicken. Stir in soft tofu or fish poached in milk for a complete baby meal.