It’s veggie time! As my babies who aren’t babies anymore like to tell me from watching PBS, colors mean more vitamins and minerals. (If only those delicious puffy cheese balls counted.) In addition to meeting Professor Fizzy’s color requirements, butternut squash has three excellent traits that make it high on my list of starter homemade baby foods. First, it comes frozen. Frozen vegetables are usually less expensive than their fresh counterparts and equally healthy. Second, since butternut squash is sweeter than some other vegetables, it can sometimes act like banana and applesauce do, making green things taste yummy. Lastly, frozen vegetables are already cut and prepared, making homemade baby food time friendly. Some frozen vegetables even come in microwave steamer bags (see below) which helps to reduce the amount of dishes needed to clean up, the heat in the kitchen, and time spent in preparation. When I’m exhausted and covered in sweat and what could possibly be poop or chocolate (I don’t want to know), I have no wish to cut up a whole squash. I’m too tired for that. I think we all probably are. Beyond convenience, frozen vegetables are very budget friendly. I’ll share more on just how budget friendly homemade baby food is sometime later. For now, please humor me as I post photos for the very first time!
Package of unsweetened applesauce cups
Steamer bag of frozen butternut squash
-breast milk/formula as usual
-about ⅛ cup of butternut squash puree during one meal
-banana, applesauce, or a mixture of fruits/squash during one meal