Malanga Baby Food Recipe

When each of my kids were just starting out in the world of solid foods I attempted to make my own baby food. I would puree different vegetables and fruit for them, but I never did anything too fancy because cooking just really isn’t my strong suit. There are a few recipes I enjoy, but for the most part, I would rather let my husband take over in that department.

I do, however, have some friends who are rock stars in the kitchen and make incredibly tasty baby food. Latinas cook a little differently than your average American. We’re not afraid of a little spice and interesting combinations. I asked a Cuban friend of mine to share one of her baby food recipes. Find it after the jump.

malanga baby food

A main staple in Cuban food is malanga, which is a root and kind of reminds me of yuca (or cassava). Many Cubans use malanga as a base for different types of baby food purees.

For this particular recipe my friend used:

  • Malanga
  • Chicken (skinless thighs or drumsticks have the best flavor)
  • Garlic
  • Onion
  • Peppers
  • Oregano
  • Peas

First brown the chicken with garlic, peppers, and onion. Then add your veggies to the mix (whatever you have on hand really, but this time she used peas). Add a pinch of salt and some oregano. Add some water and malanga (cut in pieces) and cook like a soup. Once the malanga has softened (much like a potato) blend everything together to the consistency that your baby prefers.

What are some baby food recipes that your little one enjoys?

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