If you liked my pumpkin puree, you might also enjoy this sweet curry parsnip puree (for an adult version of this easy puree see my ideas at the bottom):
- 1.5 cups of parsnip
- 1.5 cups of sweet potato
- 1 tbs of olive oil (I like to use a fruity flavoured olive oil)
- 1/2 tsp curry powder (make sure it’s regular curry powder and not a spicy version)
- some bottled water
This makes approximately 2 portions for a 6 month old baby
- Peel the parsnip and cut it into cubes (approx 1.5 cups)
- Peel the sweet potato and cut into similar size cubes
- Place the parsnip and potato cubes a baby food steamer and steam according to instructions of the appliance you are using
- When the vegetables are cooked, add the olive oil and the curry powder
- Blend to a puree, add a little bit of water to make the mixture more smooth
- Taste to see if you may want to add some more curry powder
- for babies (at least 6 months) who are not that used to eating solids yet: you may want to add even more water to make the puree easier to swallow and cool it down at the same time
- it also makes a nice dip for apples (in this case I prefer it cold)
- and just like the pumpkin puree it’s great for food drawings to entice even fussy eaters to a healthy snack (see my candle with star and moon as an example).
Ideas for an adult version:
- to make the puree less sweet, you can replace half to two thirds of the sweet potato with regular potatoes
- experiment with more curry powder or use spicy curry powder instead
- you can add salt and pepper
- instead of blending the vegetables to a smooth puree you might want to use a potato masher to keep more texture
A little trick for drawing with puree: I used one of the syringe type measuring devices that comes with some kids’ medicine.
I cut off the end piece to get a bigger opening. This way it’s easy to suck the puree up into the syringe and draw with it as you push it out of the syringe. Another advantage of doing it this way is that you don’t lose any of the yummy puree in the process. Get creative and if you have a fussy eater, try handing over the syringe :-).
Below see my 5 year old son’s food art. He started out drawing a star and later declared it as a crown.
I’d love to hear your comments and see any of your creative pumpkin puree art on my Facebook page.