Toddlers can be picky. Lucky for us we have some of the best cuisine on earth! Albeit we may be raising the future food critics of the West Indies...lol!
Provisions are a great source of B vitamins and a good source of Carbs with a low glycemic index (low GI).
It is really important for us to be aware of the dangers of fast foods and junk foods especially those high in sugar content with the rising incidence of childhood diabetes.
And which child does not love mashed potatoes with cheese. Add a new twist to a traditional dish by substituting potatoes with local provisions; yam, eddoes (these have a naturally sweeter taste and children may prefer them), dasheen, sweet potatoes; mix and match the quantities according to your taste and preference. It may take a while before you figure out which your child prefers.
I don't have quantities specified here as I usually cook by averaging, smell and taste. Given the number of 'seasoned' chefs we have in our homes; mummies, grannies, aunties and yes, we are so often outdone by the men, I am sure you can add your own 'hand' to these recipes.
*I am by no means a chef, but being a mummy has inspired me to surf the net for new ideas and create flavorful combos for my babies.
If your child is still at the stage where they are now being introduced to solid foods and are not yet able to chew, create a mashed provision pie for them.
Your combination of ground provisions boiled in some salt and mashed
Salt to taste
*If your child is less than one year old you will have to mix the provisions with a little cheese and very little butter to bring it together. Omit all seasonings including salt.
Mix well and bake at 250 degrees Farenheit for about 10 to 15 mins to bring the flavors together.
For a more challenging chewable meal boil your provisions till they are soft but still in chunks. Best to cut them bite sized as it makes for great finger food!
Your combination of ground provisions boiled in some salt and cubed
Salt to taste
A little grated garlic (optional as some children may fuss)
*This is a more adventurous dish for children more than one year old and should not be tried with younger children.
Once you have strained your boiled, cubed ground provisions, mix in the other ingredients and bake at 250 degrees Farenheit for about 10 to 15 mins. You could go easy on the cheese for this one as it is really the fine thyme and rosemary that bring out the taste.
Be sure to get creative with this and add other items to make it a meal.