Cinnamon Sweet Potato and Yam Bites

Hot or cold my toddler and all his friends love these healthy cinnamon sweet potato and yam bites. I cook a big batch once and serve them all week long. 

Hot or cold my toddler and all his friends love these healthy cinnamon sweet potato and yam bites. I cook a bit batch once and serve them all week long.

Feeding a small child feels like living in a food war zone.  Cook the food.  Feed the food.  Clean up the food.  Rinse and repeat all day long…  I believe in serving lots of whole, fresh food but there are days when I fantasize about fleeing the house for a fast food restaurant just so I don’t have to face the endless food dance.

At 10 months Jack is developing opinions and tastes of his own.  He likes the foods we like and eat so I don’t find it hard to feed him but he does have a strong preference for all yellow, orange and red foods.  These roasted bites are a huge favorite of his and I always bring them out times when he is extra tired and struggling to manage himself.

Sometimes I anticipate when he will be hungry next and sometimes I totally loose track of time and need to get him fed asap.  I try to keep my fridge well stocked with some things I can feed Jack fast for those times when I’m in a hurry or I spaced that he was about to be hungry.

These Sweet Potato and Yam Bites are perfect stock the fridge food.  Early in the week I take 10 minutes to dice them up and toss them in the oven to cook while I do dishes.  I let them cool, scoop them all into a Ziploc bag and presto – food for a week!

I love that this recipe is cheep, travels well, and is wonderfully healthy.  I send it when I lave Jack with a friend or pack a dish to take to a restaurant I know won’t serve much in the way of veggies.  Bonus it tastes so good older kids and adults enjoy it too!

Tools In This Post:  Are you buying the right kind of cinnamon?  With spices you need high quality for great flavor.  This Saigon cinnamon that Kirkland makes has excellent quality and a nice low price at Costco.  The Amazon price is pretty good too!  My Dad loved this kind of cinnamon so much I would sometimes give it to him as a Christmas gift for his baking.

Like simple, healthy whole food recipes?  This Apple Salad is amazing for littles to adults.  I used to pack it all the time when I did brown bag lunches.

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Cinnamon Sweet Potato and Yam Bites
 
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Serves: 6
Ingredients
  • 3 ½ pounds sweet potatoes and yams (I choose the most uniform ones slightly larger than bananas)
  • ½ tsp. ground cinnamon
  • ¼ tsp. salt
  • Vegetable or coconut oil for roasting
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 450F.
  2. Peal the sweet potatoes and yams. Cut into uniform cubes about the size of two dice.
  3. In a large rectangular baking dish (10.5” x 14”) toss cubes with cinnamon and salt to coat evenly. Drizzle again and use a spatula to toss.
  4. Roast at 450 F for 30-45 minutes, stirring / flipping with a spatula about every 10 minutes. The bites are done when they are tender through and can be cooked until there is a tinge of gold to the outside.

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Hot or cold my toddler and all his friends love these healthy cinnamon sweet potato and yam bites. I cook a bit batch once and serve them all week long.

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