Baby Food and a Side Dish for Parents: Sweet Potato Mash with Tofu

This is a great combo-dish for baby and parents – sweet potato mash with tofu is a great first food for 7-8 month olds served as a puree, thinned out by either breast milk or formula.

It is also a great side-dish for adults, served thick, adding  a bit of cream and butter.

Integrating tofu is a great way to boost a carb/vegetable dish, adding protein, DHA Omega 3, calcium, iron and magnesium. Adding tofu also enhances the texture by making the puree smoother and creamier, rendering its flavor more silky.

You can make a large batch of the thick chunky mash and set most of it aside for adults, and take several tablespoons for baby, pureeing it further for a smooth texture and adding either cooking liquid or breast milk/formula.

It is a big hit with both demographics – and saves time by making two dishes out of one.

Sweet Potato Mash with Tofu

Serves 4 as side dish and 2-4 portions of baby food


5 large sweet potatoes, washed, peeled and cut into chunks

For adults: 3 tablespoons tofu, 3 tablespoons butter, 1/4 cup cream, 1/2 cup milk

For baby: 1 tablespoon tofu, 2-3 teaspoons of cooking liquid/formula/breast milk

1. In a steamer, cook the potatoes for 20-30 minutes, or until completely cooked and soft when pierced with a knife.

2. In a bowl, add the cooked potatoes, setting aside 5 tablespoons of the cooked potatoes in a smaller bowl. With a potato masher, mash the potatoes until soft.

3. Add tofu, butter, cream and milk in the larger bowl and fold and mix in well. Salt and pepper to taste. If you prefer more silky mash, add more milk or cream. Serve warm to adults.

4. Using a food processor, add the smaller portion of the cooked potatoes, tofu and liquid. Puree until completely smooth. Serve room temperature to babies.


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