Batch Baby Food Recipe with Acorn Squash

Posted by on Jan 11, 2014 in Baby Food, Mom tips | 8 comments


I mostly have done baby led weaning with my little one, but having baby food on hand is always helpful when I’m on the run or need a quick meal to drop off with Grandma to babysit. I particularly like it when I’m at a restaurant since letting him feed himself is messy. And I love making my own food not only because it’s healthy and I know it’s not laden with additives and preservatives, but also it’s so much cheaper! I had an acorn squash sitting on my counter, so I cooked it up and whipped up these four batches which i just freeze in a tray and pop in the freezer. What I love most is they all have such different flavors and they are tasty enough that I was happily testing them all and would gladly eat them. My baby deserves delicious food! So try these out. I made all four in an episode of Signing Time, so it’s certainly doable.

Here’s your shopping list:

  • Acorn squash
  • Apple (I used Fuji but whatever’s your fave)
  • Tomato
  • Small bag of baby carrots
  • Bag of spinach (you won’t use it all, so have a green smoothie for yourself!)
  • 8 ounces cooked chicken breast (I used leftover rotisserie)
  • Greek or whole fat yogurt
  • 1/2 cup oatmeal
  • Small package of dried figs or raisins
  • 1/4 cup pecans
  • Spices


Spinach Carrot Squash and Chicken Baby Food

Ingredients

1/4 of an acorn squash
1 cup spinach
1/2 cup carrots
1/2 cup chicken
1 teaspoon Herbs du Provence (or sub with rosemary and thyme)
1 cup water, breastmilk, or formula


Apple Pecan Carrot and Squash Baby Food

Ingredients

1/4 of an acorn squash
1/2 cup carrots
1/2 an apple
1/4 cup pecans, chopped
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
Pinch of nutmeg
1 cup water, breastmilk, or formula


Carrot Chicken Tomato and Squash Baby Food

Ingredients

1/4 of an acorn squash
1/2 a tomato
1 cup carrots
1/2 cup chicken
1 teaspoon cumin
1/2 teaspoon paprika
1 cup water, breastmilk, or formula


Apple Oatmeal Yogurt and Squash Baby Food

Ingredients

1/4 of an acorn squash, cooked
1/2 an apple, cooked
1/2 cup Greek or whole fat yogurt
1/2 cup oatmeal
1/4 cup dried figs or raisins (cook with oatmeal)
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
1 cup water, breastmilk, or formula


Directions

To start, cook the squash, carrots, apple and oatmeal with figs/raisins. You can bake in the oven, boil, microwave — whichever is your preferred method. I prefer to microwave because it’s fast and easy, but that’s just me. Then for each batch, add all ingredients to a blender or food processor and blend until smooth, adding liquid gradually (and adding more if needed to purée. Then pour into freezer cubes and store in freezer.

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8 Comments

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  1. Amy Santos

    SO glad I saved this pin forever ago! *(ok, I pinned it toward the end of my pregnancy, and my baby boy is now 10 months, so maybe not forever)

    I have been making his food at home each week since 6 months and just really itching for some new combinations for purees with protein. Thank you for this article and inspiration for those of us who love to cook for their babies!

  2. danielle

    how do you cook oatmeal? which do you buy?

  3. Marcia

    I would strongly recommend cooking the spinach before using it to make baby food. I made some of your recipes (turned out delicious), using uncooked spinach. My eight month old has tested positive for salmonella. The “pre-washed “bag of spinach may or may not have been the culprit, but our sweet little ones are susceptible to food-borne illnesses.

    Our favorite combination was the squash, chicken, and apple.

  4. Rachael

    These were all really good! My little guy can’t get enough of them. And I love the spices used. Thank you so much for sharing!

  5. Nicole Horst

    Thank you so much for the recipes. They were so encouraging!! Baby thanks you too:)

  6. Joann Garcia

    Why do you freeze it? How long do you freeze it for? When ready to eat, do you just let it thaw out? Sorry for the silly questions, first time mom here :)

  7. shobee

    Hi Hi, can I make this combination and freeze them? Or I have to freeze the ingredients individually and only mix them went I want to feed my lo. Tia

  8. Michele

    Hi, when you use breastmilk for the liquid, how long can you keep the baby food in the fridge? And if you freeze, do you need to use it the same day you thaw? FTM questions…
    Thanks!

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