Tuesday, September 1, 2009

Sweet Potato Hummus

I made all of Oliver's baby food. Looking back, I wish I would have posted about all the cooking I did for him when he began his first bites at six months old. And even now, I make yummy dishes for him (I'll post more of those from now on); some I concoct on my own, some I use my favorite cook books for. Everything organic as much as possible!

A few months ago I noticed I had a ton of left-over pureed sweet potato in the deep freezer downstairs. I thought perhaps I could make soup with it; but then I came across a Sweet Potato Hummus recipe. I used some of the left-overs for that and it was wonderful! Oliver loved it. I loved it! So, regardless of age, this is a good one! Here are the steps I took:

Here's what I had on hand:

All items
(Obviously Oliver thinks we should add his car to the mix!)


Then I added all ingredients to the naughty Cuisinart food processor:

Ingredients in the wicked cuisinart

Then pureed it all. I add more olive oil at this point if I have to. And here's where I deviated from the recipe and decided I needed more liquid. Out came the carrot juice!

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After, we had a great supply of hummus. Enough to serve to Oliver for the rest of the week, and 4 more cups to freeze for a later date.


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And here's the recipe to which I had to add carrot juice to in order to make it work. Feel free to be creative as well. This week I'm going to try this recipe again and add carrot puree to it! I wonder how that will taste!?


Sweet Potato Hummus

INGREDIENTS

2 sweet potatoes pureed
2 cans of chickpeas (drained. However, I often make mine from scratch)
4 heaped tsps tahina
1/2 to 1 full lemon (or lime!) squeezed
1 clove garlic (you can adjust the amount. I tend to use 1 clove b/c I don't like to smell Oliver's garlic breath!)
1-2 T olive oil
1 cup carrot juice (not pictured above as it was a last minute addition to the recipe!)


METHOD
  1. Peel and chop sweet potato into cubes, boil for about 5-7 minutes until soft. Drain and cool. THEN place in food processor. Do not add hot foods to the current food processors out there. There are none that are BPA-free that I know of.*
  2. Add all other ingredients except for the juice
  3. Blend until pureed
  4. If the mix seems too thick, add some juice. I added carrot juice that I happened to have in the fridge. I'm sure you can add any other liquid you deem appropriate.
  5. In addition, feel free to spice it up with cayenne or other seasonings while in the food processor. I keep mine relatively plain because I really like the mild flavor of the chickpeas and sweet potatoes.
Tadını!

* I contacted Cuisinart a while back. They took a long time to get back to me. They said their containers were not BPA-free and that they did not have replacement parts for them that were. I was sick to my stomach when I found this out. So far, there are only TWO food processor type machines out there. The Baby Beaba, made in France, which only recently came out with a BPA-free version of their product, and the Vitamix which is now BPA-free. But you have to spend almost $200 for the Baby Beaba and $400 for the Vitamix (which is a high powered blender). You will outgrow your Baby Beaba within six months. Once your baby can chew with his / her gums, the food does not need to be so finely pureed. And the container for the Beaba is small, limiting what you can make with it. The Vitamix is definitely worth the money, but with all the baby expenses out there, this seems like an unlikely option for many. What I do today is cool all my food before I reluctantly use the Cuisinart. As well, I try to make as many things as possible in our blender, the container made of glass. It doesn't puree as finely as I'd like, but I can use the blender to make soups and stews. If anyone hears of other options, please leave me a comment. I'd love for Cuisinart to come out with a BPA-free version of my 9 cup processor!
UPDATE:

I just found out that Cuisinart of Canada sells BPA-free food processors along with replacement parts! I found a list of places that will sell me the replacement bowl for my machine. I will update again as I find out more. I will also write Cuisinart in the US to let them know that they SHOULD HAVE LET ME KNOW THIS WAS AN OPTION! (Yes, I'm angry.)

Interestingly enough, I spoke (via email) with an ex-employee of Cuisinart Canada and she told me (and I quote): As I recall the US was not getting as much feedback as the Canadian office was on the importance of BPA free. Thereby implying that since no one in the US was making complaints or issues of this matter, they did not feel the need to be socially responsible and proactive! Why on earth am I still even considering using Cuisinart? This is making me really angry the more I think about it!



1 comment :

  1. Andrea...I love your blog and especially all of the amazing picture of Oliver! I've passed on the link to a friend who is trying to start a blog. Maybe she can get some ideas from yours. Hope your day is going okay!!

    :)
    Miss Jess

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