Every now and then I do a round-up of ideas relating to a specific fruit or vegetable. Kids need lots of learning language tools to help them build familiarity and vocabulary for everything, including being able to explain their food world. These sweet potato ideas will provide lots of pressure-free language stimulation. Some previous specific food posts I’ve done include pear, Brussels sprouts, pineapple and I have also done a corn activity and stepped out how I made artichoke interesting for my toddler.
Today’s round up of sweet potato recipes came about when I was gifted a book, Harry and the Super Yam. This is a book that is good for early primary schoolers. My girls were a bit young for some of the nutrition concepts in the book, however, they did love to repeat the sentence “Super yam, I am, I am” constantly after reading it and loved the idea of a super hero vegetable. The positive learning language tools in the book include embracing the fun presentation of a fruit salad, vegetable soup and smoothie. It appeals to kids’ imagination as the story takes you on a space journey during Harry’s dream.
My girls were interested to learn that a super yam is known as sweet potato in Australia.
We used sweet potatoes as a meat replacement in tacos using the recipe below as they carry flavours really well. The cumin is so delish!
We also love these sweet potato play ideas / recipes:
- Using sweet potato as a stamp for painting with (like potato stamps)
- Having sweet potato rolling races
- Shari’s recipe on GoodFoodWeek for pimped up pork – you can substitute a mix of 1 cup of orange juice, 1 cup water and a knob of very finely grated ginger for the cider.
- Mashing cooked sweet potato
- Peeling sweet potato into ribbons and baking them to make “snake chips”
- Sweet potato pancakes by the More Than Just Carrots blog
- Tracing around sweet potatoes on paper and then turning them into your own super heroes by colouring them in.
- These sweet potato and chick pea patties by My Lovely Little Lunchbox
- 1 brown onion, diced
- 1 tbsp olive oil
- 1 large sweet potato, cubed
- 1 clove of crushed garlic
- 1 tsp cumin
- ½ tsp turmeric
- ½ tsp ground coriander
- 1 cup salt reduced vegetable stock
- Optional: Fresh Coriander
- Sautee your onion until it is transluscent and starting to caramelise on the outside (depending on your child's preference for visibility of onion in their meal).
- Add the garlic, spices and cubed sweet potato. Mix in well until the spices are coating the potato.
- Add the stock, bring to boil and simmer until the liquid has mostly been absorbed. Stir regularly to prevent catching and add water if required.
- Check that the sweet potato has been cooked through.
- Serve with fresh coriander
What do you love to make from sweet potato?
If you are wanting to learn more about what to say and what not to say about food for fussy eaters (picky eaters) – have a look at this video “Positive Food Talk for Kids”. It’s designed for parents, educators and health professionals. I think that the information about food that goes into a child’s head is just as important as the food that goes into thier body. Eating isn’t a race, it’s a journey. Let them love to learn food along the way!
Disclosure: I am not affiliated with the Super Yam book. The book itself inspired the sweet potato play & recipe ideas and materials I collated in this post. I am grateful to have been gifted the book.