When my kids were babies and trying solid foods for the first time, I made most of my own baby food. There was a lot of trial and error! One of my local blogging friends, Trina of O’Boy Organic, teaches new moms how to make their own baby food. With so many younger moms and dads lacking basic cooking skills, Trina’s classes and online community at O’Boy Organic take the guess work out of baby food, something our grandmothers made all the time. I wish I had known Trina years ago as I was learning such a simple, frugal skill in the kitchen.
Acorn Squash is a fantastic starter food for babies since babies usually are not allergic to acorn squash. Since acorn squash is a relatively mild-tasting vegetable, using it as a starter food helps babies develop a wider palette, less dependent upon sweet foods like fruits.
Benefits of Acorn Squash – Babies & Beyond
Acorn squash can be prepared in so many different ways. It can roasted, pureed, steamed or baked and used for a main dish or seasonal side. Winter squash is a vegetable that is perfect for those beginner eaters. Acorn squash can be prepared exactly like Butternut squash and either served alone or mixed with grains or fruit such as banana or apple.
If you have an older child that is a picky eater you can incorporate acorn squash in pasta sauce, egg mixture for french toast, pancakes, baked oatmeal, parfaits and much more.
Benefits of Acorn Squash
Acorn Squash is packed with fiber, magnesium, potassium, B vitamins and vitamin C. Recent research has made it clear just how important winter squash is worldwide to antioxidant intake, especially so in the case of carotenoid antioxidants, which help in the aging process…I think I will eat squash daily after learning that fact! Did you know that one cup of baked winter squash will provide you with 340 milligrams of omega 3 fats in the form of alpha-linolenic acid?
I think the easiest way to store pureed acorn squash or any fruit or vegetable that you want to use for babies or to incorporate in meals is to freeze in ice cube trays. After the cubes are frozen place the cubes in a labeled freezer baggie and put back into the freezer. Then you can take out as much as you need for your baby or the recipe you are making. Remember each frozen cube is 1oz.
Not sure how to make your own baby food? Head over to Baby Food Making 101 for all the details. If you are local to the Philadelphia area, O’Boy! Organic provides several types of cooking classes for parents with Baby Food Making as one of them. Head over to the O’Boy! Organic website to learn more. O’Boy! Organic is having a 20% off sale on the “Baby Personal Chef Services” for those parents that live locally that don’t have time to make their own food but still want the best fresh organic foods for their baby.
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