Monday, August 1, 2016

Quick and Easy Yellow Squash Baby Food

Making your own baby food is so easy, and a great money saver. I love to make baby food for my little one because I know exactly what's in it (just fruit/veggie + breastmilk--or formula). All of the purees I've made for Baby B have been a success. So far my son has tried AvocadosPeachesSweet Potatoes, and Bananas

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After my son had tried all of these sweet foods, I was a little nervous that yellow squash would be a huge fail. Oddly, enough Baby B loved yellow squash. As my husband fed it to him, he was literally holding out his tongue trying to get more.

My parents grow yellow squash in their garden so this a great summer choice for baby food. During the summer months you can also get yellow squash for a steal at the supermarket.

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If you've read my other posts, you know that my major goal when making baby food is to not have to purchase any additional equipment and make all of the food in my everyday kitchen appliances.

Yellow squash was a bit tricky because I don't own any type of steamer, so the perfect solution was to use the microwave. Yellow squash was on the recommended list from Baby B's pediatrician and not only is it a good source of vitamin C, but it also contains iron and folate. 

*Please consult your child's physician before making this recipe for your little one.

Here's what you need for this recipe:

  • Bowl with lid
  • Water
  • 2 Yellow Squash
  • 3 oz. of Breast milk or formula
  • Blender or food processor
  • Ice cube trays
  • Freezer safe bags or container

Step 1: Wash and cut your squash into smaller pieces. (If your little one has issues digesting you may want to peel off the skin before slicing.)

Step 2: Using a microwave safe container with lid, place squash in container with 2 tablespoons of water.

Step 3: Microwave squash for 4 minutes or until softened.

Step 4: Place steamed squash in blender or food processor. Add 3 oz. of breast milk. You can alter the amount of breast milk or formula to achieve desired consistency. Puree until smooth.

Step 5: Place mixture into ice trays and freeze for at least 3 hours. Once squash mixture has hardened remove from ice cube trays and place in freezer safe bag or container.

Ta-da! Easy peasy! Look how pretty this vibrant yellow is! Once you have introduced other foods can you start making combinations of those foods. Next on my homemade baby to-do list is peas and carrots. Yellow squash also goes great with rice cereal if you'd like to create a thicker consistency or with pureed chicken for more a filling meal. 

Comment below if you have questions!


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