Butternut Squash Food For Babies

In addition to providing calcium, folate, fiber, and vitamins A and C, this homemade recipe for Roasted Butternut Squash Baby Food Puree is a delightfully smooth way to introduce butternut squash to your baby. For babies 4-6 months old and up, it’s an excellent Stage 1 baby food!

This recipe for butternut squash puree is easy to make and only requires five minutes of hands-on work!

For the remainder of the preparation period, we’ll let the oven do all the heavy lifting. So when we can work smarter, why should we work harder?

Butternut squash is regarded as one of the healthiest foods to feed your infant right away since it is high in calcium, folate, fiber, and vitamins A and C.

REASONS TO LOVE THIS PUREE OF BUTTERNUT SQUASH

  1. smooth and creamy.
  2. Baby food for stage one.
  3. healthful and nutrient-rich for your infant.
  4. Quick to prepare; only five minutes of hands-on time are needed.
  5. The earthy, sweet flavor will be adored by infants.
  6. Homemade
  7. freezable
  8. Cost-effective

BENEFITS OF BUTTERNUT SQUASH FOR HEALTH

High concentrations of vitamins A and C and antioxidants, which strengthen the immune system and lower inflammation
A protein that may be a strong anticancer agent is present in this nutritious potassium source, which also helps maintain healthy bones.
supplies folate to aid in brain development and calcium to help strengthen bones.

INGREDIENTS

Please refer to the recipe card below for a complete list of ingredients and directions.

  • 1. Butternut squash: This is a cheap, readily available, and wholesome meal for your infant! When choosing butternut squash, choose a sturdy vegetable with skin that is a consistent beige hue and free of bruises or damage. Don’t panic if the inner hue of yours falls between brilliant yellow and flaming orange; that is the normal range.
  • 2. Thyme or Rosemary: Using this lively and invigorating herb, we’re boosting up the taste profile. Any of these herbs will enhance the squash’s freshness and citrus flavor while reducing its earthiness. Both are excellent choices. However, if you’d rather not include herbs and spices to your baby meal, you may easily leave them out (see more below).

Tips for adding healthy fats: Drizzle the butternut squash with extra virgin olive oil before roasting if you want to provide some additional good fat to your baby’s meals. Rich in omega 3 and omega 6, olive oil is a healthy lipid that aids in the absorption of vitamin D by a newborn, which is crucial for the development and maintenance of strong bones.

STEP-BY-STEP GUIDELINES

  1. Pre-heat the oven and prepare a baking sheet with parchment paper.
  2. Prepare the Squash: Halve the Butternut Squash and remove the seeds. With the flesh side facing down, place them on the baking pan and drizzle with optional olive oil.
  3. Bake: After putting the baking sheet in the oven, bake it until a fork can easily pierce it.
  1. Scrape: After letting it cool, remove the skin with a spoon until the butternut squash is all that’s left. Put in the food processor or blender.
  2. Add Herbs: Give the butternut squash a little teaspoon of rosemary or thyme.
  3. Puree: Start the blender, and process until the mixture is smooth, adding liquids as necessary.
  4. You may either serve or freeze it for later.

OTHER METHODS OF COOKING

There are several methods to prepare butternut squash for baby food, even though I adore its earthy, caramel-flavored roasted version.

STEAMING

Roughly slice and peel one butternut squash. When a fork pierces the cubes, they should be soft, about 10 to 15 minutes after placing them in a steamer basket over 2 inches of boiling water. Blend according to the instructions below

BOILING

Put one butternut squash that has been peeled and coarsely diced in a medium saucepan. Cover the butternut squash with water and bring to a boil. Simmer for 7 to 10 minutes, or until a fork inserted into the vegetable comes out soft. Blend according to the instructions below. It should be noted that boiling the butternut squash reduces its nutritional value because many of the nutrients are lost along with the water during the cooking process.

Time-Saving Tip: If you are using prepared or frozen butternut squash, steaming or boiling are excellent options. In my local shop, I’ve found frozen or fresh butternut squash that has been peeled and cubed—both are good choices if you’re pressed for time.

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