This Root Vegetable Mash of carrot, sweet potato and turnip which I started making years ago for my first attempt at Christmas Dinner is the perfect accompaniment to any roast dinner. The beauty of this side dish is that it can be made well in advance, frozen and simply reheated on the day, saving much needed time. One year, pregnant with my Christmas son I had this in the freezer in October!

Root Vegetable Mash for babies


What do you need…


400g carrots, peeled and cut into small chunks

400g turnip (this is what we call it in Ireland, in the UK it’s swede!), peeled and cut into small chunks

400g sweet potato, peeled and cut into small chunks

100mls full fat milk

Large knob of unsalted butter


What you need to do…

Put the carrot and turnip in a steamer and cook for around ten minutes. Then add the sweet potato and steam for a further ten minutes, until all the vegetables are soft. Heat the milk gently with the butter and add to the vegetables. Mash (or puree if you or your baby like a finer texture!). Eat straight away or cool down and freeze until needed. Remember to take your baby’s portion (or portions) our before seasoning with salt.



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