Turkey with Sweet Potato & Peas

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Peanut is a big fan of peas and this is a great combination.

You can do this in several variations and with strained peas or peas with skins.

I usually double this recipe as I do many of these recipes.

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Turkey with Sweet Potato and Peas

1 medium sweet potato (about 1/2 lb) or 1/2 a large one, peeled and cut into chunks
1/4 cup lean ground turkey or cubed turkey breast
1 cup frozen peas

Place your sweet potato in a saucepan and add enough water to cover.
Boil your sweet potato until it's fork tender.
Meanwhile, rinse your peas and set aside.
Running water over them helps remove any ice crystals.
Add in your turkey meat to the boiling water and stir to break it up.
The turkey will cook thru almost immediately.
After a minute add in your rinsed peas.  Let it boil for a minute and take it off the heat.
Allow your mixture to cool.  This gives the peas time to cook all the way thru.
Place the mixture in the food processor and puree.
There will be skins from the peas in your mixture.

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If you do not want the skins from the peas you can cook your peas separately.
 Increase the amount of peas to 2 cups.
Simply steam or boil them and then rinse with cold water.
Puree with a bit of the water and then strain by pressing the mixture thru a fine mesh sieve.
Add the strained peas to the cooled mixture of sweet potato and turkey.

~The pictures of the purees are of the mixture with strained peas.~

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*Variations
-Use this as an introductory food by eliminating the turkey
and following the directions for the strained peas.
-Use chicken breast instead of turkey
-Substitute broccoli or spinach for the peas.

*Storage
Refrigerate for up to 3 days or freeze for up to 3 months.

*Benefits
Turkey is a great source of protein for baby.  It also has niacin, vitamin B6 and tryptothan which is an amino acid.  I wish I could say it would also put baby right to sleep but there just isn't enough turkey for that thanksgiving-like food coma.  :)
Sweet potatoes are high in fiber, antioxidants, potassium, vitamin A and a bit of calcium.
Peas are high in vitamin K & C, manganese, thiamin, folate and potassium.
As peas are on the sweet side it's a great way to introduce green foods and round out baby's diet.

2 comments:

  1. So I just made this at it didn't puree down as smoothly as yours looks... its kind of chunky so E was a little unsure. I think I might try and puree it a little further before trying again... then again it might be the skins from the peas but it still doesn't look the same. But- it was super easy to make! :)

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  2. False advertisemen! :) In the ones shown I strained the peas so the pea skins add a chunkiness to it. You might just want to puree the peas first to break it down as much as possible.

    I'll make this again and post pictures with the pea skins in them... which is the way I serve it to Peanut now.

    Sorry about that but thank you for commenting so I know to revisit this one!

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