A couple of weeks ago, I redid all of my recipe archives and noticed that I didn't have a single recipe using butternut squash. A single one!! I am not sure how that is even possible because butternut squash is an ideal vegetable to make baby puree with. It's slightly sweet, versatile, warming, full of nutrients and beyond easy to prepare. I also noticed that I have no broccoli puree recipes, which is probably due from my distaste for the green tree like vegetable. No worries, sometime in the new year when we are detoxing and on some super green cleanse, I will bust out the broccoli purees for you and baby. But for now, it is the amazing butternut squash's turn.
But before I get started on my long winded public account of how I love and why you should love butternut squash, did you take a look at my new recipe archives? What did you think? I wanted to steam line the archives so you could find what you are looking for faster, make it easier to find new recipes that you haven't tried and to inspire you in your quest of making your little one the best food on the planet. Did I succeed? I do this for you, this crazy blog dedicated to everything related to baby food, so let me make it work for you.
Okay, now I can get started.
Butternut squash, has a tough exterior but once you peel back it's layers, it is all soft, fluffy and full of love on the inside. It can be used as one of babies first foods, as a base for a soup, pureed with other vegetables into creamy yumminess or even as a pasta sauce. You make make is extra sweet, savory, spicy or caramelized. It really can be anything and everything you want it to be. It is full of folate, fiber, vitamin A, calcium, iron and potassium, all of which help baby grow and develop.
So over the next two weeks, get ready for some serious loving on the butternut squash. I already have 4 recipes lined up for you, and there is no doubt that I could easily push this love affair on for the entire month:)
This puree was inspired by a recent thai dish that I had over at a friends house, which was filled with chicken, butternut squash, carrots and a variety of other vegetables that I cannot remember because I couldn't stop eating and thinking about the way the light curry sauce, carrots and butternut squash worked together. It was over the top good! Dare I even say it - it was Delish! I thought about it for days. It was warming, earthy, sweet but with just the right amount of peppery spice and had that amazing buttery, melt in your mouth texture. I knew I would have to turn this recipe into a puree for baby. Although, curry may seem like a deep and complex flavor for baby, a mild curry blend is filled with coriander, cumin, turmeric, ginger and curry leaves. All spices that are warming, nourishing and provide baby with a bonus dose of nutrients. Be careful though, some curries have some heat to them, so it's always best to taste it first before adding it to any baby puree.
Other great ways to enjoy this puree:
- Serve puree with chickpeas, peas and brown rice for a chunky toddler meal.
- Mix with spinach and white fish puree for a well rounded baby dinner.
- Thin puree with chicken stock and drizzle with coconut milk for a family soup.
- Combined with a chicken puree for a thai inspired dish.
Apples + Butternut Squash + Carrots + Curry Puree
2 Organic Apples
1/2 Organic Butternut Squash
3 medium Organic Carrots
1/2 tsp mild Curry Powder
1- Core and chop apples.
2- Cut butternut squash in half, seed and peel. Peeling the butternut squash will take a couple passes in order to get the tough exterior away from the flesh.
3- Peel and chop carrots into small chunks.
4- Place apples, butternut squash and carrots into a medium steam basket over boiling water, covered, for 15 minutes. All ingredients will be done when they can easily be pricked with a fork.
5- Let cool slightly.
6- Transfer to blender, add curry and puree for 1-2 minutes adding water from steam basket in 1/4 cup increments until you have reached your desired consistency.
Makes roughly 20 ounces. Will last 3-4 days in the fridge in an air-tight container and 3 months in the freezer.