in our neighbourhood, we have a man who sells organic veggies off the back of his truck. he does the rounds at unspecified times, so you have to listen out for his megaphone, and when you hear it you have to dash out and hail him down to see what kind of goodies he has.

the other day he came by, and had some delicious looking sweet potatoes, so i bought them with the intention of using them to make babynoms for arty. it wasn’t til i cut into them that i discovered they were purple! excellent!

arty really loves sweet potato, pumpkin, and other root veg, and they’re great on their own, but they’re also nice with grains and pulses.
i wanted to give him a try of quinoa, since it’s such a fantastically nutritious grain, and the grains are of a size and texture that are good for where he’s at with getting to grips with his solids (i.e. in between purees and really chunky foods).

quinoa, carrot and sweet potato


1 cup quinoa
2 cups water or stock
1 medium sweet potato (it doesn’t have to be purple – any kind will do!), diced
1 large carrot, diced
1 small onion, chopped
1 tbsp olive oil


  • place quinoa and liquid into a small saucepan, and bring to the boil.
  • lower heat, then continue to cook for 10-15 mins, until water is absorbed (like cooking rice)
  • in a medium saucepan, sautee onions in olive oil until they just begin to brown.
  • add carrots and sweet potato to the onion pan, cover with water, and boil until tender.
  • drain the veg, reserving about a cup of the water.
  • puree the veg, adding some of the reserved water as necessary to aid the process.
  • combine quinoa and pureed veg in a bowl, then divide into portions and freeze.

the texture of this one was new to arty, so he needed to have a few very small mouthfuls to get used to it, before getting properly stuck in.