Roasting butternut squash brings out the rich natural caramel flavour, intensifying the sweetness that babies just can’t resist. This type of squash has a huge amount of beta carotene, fibre, and vitamins A and E, which help to support your baby’s immune system, skin and bones. Check out these recipes for butternut squash purées, kindly shared by babyfood blogger Michele Olivier, from her book Whole Food Baby.
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Prep time 5 minutes, cook time 1 hour*.
Makes about 700–850 g (25–30 oz).
*While the cook time is 60 minutes, the hands-on time is only 5 minutes, leaving you with 55 minutes to yourself!
1 medium butternut squash, cut in half and deseeded
2 teaspoons olive oil
240 ml (8 fl oz) low- or no-salt chicken or vegetable stock, water, formula or breast milk
Preheat the oven to 200C (400F) and line a baking tray with tinfoil, baking parchment or a silicon mat. Place the squash, skin side down, on the baking tray and drizzle with the oil. Bake for 45–60 minutes or until the flesh is tender and can be pricked with a fork. Let cool slightly. Scrape the flesh away from the skin and discard the skin. Transfer the squash and liquid to a liquidiser or food processor, and puree until smooth, adding additional liquid in 60 ml (2 fl oz) increments if needed. Stores for 4 days in fridge or 3 months in freezer.
Give your baby's tastebuds and tummy a treat with these 20 nutritious erecipes for delicious purees and finger foods. Babyfood blogger Michele Olivier guides the way with recipes that are packed with whole foods that will stimulate your baby's palate and provide al the essential building blocks for growth.