Saturday, November 10, 2012

Peanut Post: Chicken with Sweet Potato & Apple Puree

growin' girl!

Last weekend, Michael dug up the sweet potatoes he planted last spring.  I remember how excited we were as we planted them - we could actually feed our baby food that we not only made, but grew, too.  Well, last night, that became a reality, and boy, did it taste good!  This recipe combines seasonal produce with healthy protein for one delicious baby style one-pot-wonder dish.  As usual, I made a huge batch so we could freeze it in ice cube trays.  Honestly, I plan to make this again, but not just for Peanut because it was yummy!  Here's how Mama makes it:

Chicken with Sweet Potato & Apple Puree

- 3 lb. chicken thighs
- 1/2 c. onion, chopped
- 2-3 large sweet potatoes, peeled and roughly choppe
- 4 small apples, cored and chopped (peel if you like, but I usually leave them on)
- 2 c. water or chicken stock (I used some frozen chicken stock cubes, plus 1 c. water)
- 4 T. unsalted butter (a small amount of butter actually helps bring out the nutrients in orange veggies like sweet potatoes.  It helps baby's digestive tract absorb the vitamins since many are fat soluble.  And it tastes so good!)

1.  Place chicken and stock in a slow cooker over high heat. 

2.  Top with chopped sweet potatoes, onion, and apples.

3.  Chop butter and arrange on top of the apples.  Cover and cook on high heat for 3-4 hours.
4.  Puree in batches in a food processor or blender.  Return to a large bowl and stir to combine. 

be sure to add plenty of the cooking liquid in each batch

Peanut's going to love this one!

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