What does rejection taste like? Horseradish? Pickles? Or does it taste like classic comfort food? I’m thinking chocolate. Healthier Lava Cookies or “Emergency” Cookies would really hit the spot. Even healthy Gluten-Free No-Bake Brownie Bites.
I, however, was not rejected today; I am actually feeling quite loved. Halfway through my morning coffee, I got a call from the babysitter. My seven-month-old baby had started crying ten minutes after I dropped him off and hadn’t stopped yet an hour later. For the second time this month, Baby got dumped. I understand. The baby refuses to take a bottle or pacifier, so they refuse to take him. Honestly, I wouldn’t want to watch a baby who screamed for an hour straight, either. Still…I was kind of looking forward to sitting down and drinking a whole cup of coffee.
Change of plans. I made baby food this morning. If he’s not going to take bottles, we need to focus more on solids. I whipped up a batch of his favorite, sweet potato, and froze it in an ice cube tray for easy portioning. The baby food cubes can be defrosted to use on their own or mixed with other foods.
I have an issue with most ice cube trays. I don’t like my ice, or my baby food, to taste like freezer. A couple years ago, I was given this covered ice cube tray. (I’m not selling it or making a commission from any ice cube tray companies, just sharing my personal opinion.) There is a cover with a hatch in the middle to pour in water. So the ice tastes like ice, not freezer.
Baking sweet potato, as opposed to boiling, retains the most flavor. Baked sweet potato can also just be mashed, which is what I do when I’m being lazy (which is most of the time), but pureeing it is better because it breaks up the tough fibers that cause trouble for the toothless. A little boiled water (The water used in baby food should be boiled first to kill germs. ) makes the consistency smoother and easier to spoon-feed.
Voila! Comfort food for a rejected baby.
Homemade Baby Sweet Potato Recipe
fills 1 ice cube tray
1 cup baked sweet potato (about 1 medium)
1/3 cup boiled water
- Wash sweet potato and wrap in foil. Bake at 350F/180C for about an hour, until very soft.
- Remove peel. Put sweet potato in blender or food processor. Blend for about a minute.
- Scrape down sides and add water. Blend until smooth.
- Spoon into clean ice cube tray and freeze for later use.
- Remove as many cubes as desired and defrost by adding a little hot water and mixing.