Serves 4 / A nutritious starter food—though it’s tasty enough for the whole family—that’s packed with beta-carotene and other vitamins. Try the dark-skinned variety of sweet potato (often mislabeled as yams), which are even sweeter than the ivory-fleshed kind.

1 pound sweet potato (about 1 large potato), peeled and cut into 1-inch chunks
1 medium carrot, peeled and cut into 1-inch chunks
1/4 cup hot milk
1/2 small pear, peeled, cored, and cut into 1-inch chunks
1 tablespoon orange juice
1/2 tablespoon butter, melted
Pinch salt (optional)

1. Steam sweet potato and carrot chunks until fork-tender, about 15 minutes. Transfer to food processor or blender. Add hot milk and purée. Add pear, orange juice, butter, and salt, if using. Purée until very smooth.

Nutrition Facts Per Serving: Calories: 148 calories % fat calories: 14 Fat: 2g Saturated Fat: 1g Cholesterol: 6mg Carbohydrate: 30g Protein: 3g Fiber: 4g Sodium: 39mg