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Baby Food: Butternut Squash

imageLet’s make up some baby food y’all.

Yum, butternut squash, don’t mind if I do, oh wait it’s not for me it’s for my baby. We are making baby food here people. Don’t get freaked out by the thought of it and think it’s way to much to take on or you don’t have time. I have two kids under three and work 40 hours a week. If I can do it, you can do it. With that said, let’s roll.

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Butternut squash is one of those weird hard looking squash, so be very careful when cutting it. But first let wash it up. Pre-heat your oven to 425 degrees.

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Then, you are going to cut the end with the little stem off. Stand it up right and cut, again very carefully, down the middle.

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Next, scoop out the goodness in the middle.

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Take a cookie sheet and line it with foil, pour about two inches of filtered water in the sheet and place your squash meat side down on your sheet. Place in your oven and bake for about 40 minutes. You want the skin to become soft and brown up a bit.

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Let cool for about ten minutes and scoop the meat out into a blender.

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Blend it up, homie.

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Pour into ice cube trays, cover with press and seal and freeze it.

When making baby food here are a few tips I’ve learned

• Use press and seal, it’s a great little seal for what it is and gives you some time if you can’t get to putting the food in a freezer bag the next day.
• Let trays sit out for about five minutes before trying to pop them out. This gives them time to loosen up, making it a hell of a lot easier to dump in a bag.
• Always label and date.

And you’re done, see how easy that was.

When serving to baby…

All you gotta do is throw a few cubes of food into a pot and warm it up. Or microwave it, whatever tickles your fancy. I like to mix it up and put a few different cubes of different foods, so that they get a variety. I’ll mix in butternut squash, apples, and purple sweet potatoes.

Happy making!

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Baby Food: Apple Sauce

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Seriously making baby food is one of the easiest things to do. Plus you are giving your sweet little human the purest form of food there is. No preservatives, dyes, chemical or other nasty little things. Just pure food. Anyway, let’s hop to it and make us some apples sauce.

As always what are we going to do? Yup, you got it, wash our fruit. Next, you want to peel those little suckers.

Get a pot with a steamer basket going on the stove. After peeling your apples, take out the core and cut in half or quarters. Throw those little puppies in the pot and steam them until they are soft.

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We are going to blend them up until we get a soft purée. I put cinnamon in almost every baby food recipe, why my husband asks every single time, I don’t know it just feels right. Let me be.

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Pour your delicious and super easy apple sauce in ice cube trays seal with some press and seal and freeze.

Little tips that have made my life a tad easier when making baby food.

*Use press and seal, it’s gives a pretty good seal giving you time if you can’t get to it the next day.
* leave your trays out for about five minutes before trying to pop them out into a bag. This gives them enough time to loosen up and doesn’t take as much effort.

* Always label and date your freezer bags.

That’s it people. Easy peasy.

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Happy making!

Also, check out my purple sweet potato baby food recipe..yum!

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Baby Food: Pears

Making baby food sounds and feels more complicated then it really is.

If you have a pot, a steamer basket and blender, you’re ready to rock and or roll. The easiest way to make, making baby food efficient, is to make it in big batches and freeze them using ice cube trays. This is also incredibly helpful when you want to mix things up. I loved adding different cubes of food to their “meals.” I would add pears, purple sweet potatoes and apples to one bowl and they LOVED it.

 This recipe for pears is super easy, let’s get to it.

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First wash and peel and core your pears. Then you want to cut them into big chunks. After so many times of doing this, I find you can just core them and throw them in the blender. Pears blend so easy it doesn’t take a whole lot of prepping.

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Next blend them up you. Bing bang boom, baby food of the purest kind.

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Pour it into ice cube trays, freeze up and then pop them out into a freezer bag and you’ve got food for a week or two.

Tips that have made my life just a tad easier,
• press and seal plastic wrap, just lay it on top and press and you’ve got a pretty decent seal for a few days.
• Leave the trays out for about five minutes before trying to pop those suckers out.
• Label label label

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I mean, how freaking easy was that. And if you had enough pears and make a few ice cube trays worth of food, you have baby food for about a month or so. Especially when you have multiple bags of food, you can just throw a bunch of different cubes in a bowl, heat it up and bam, your little sweet potato monkey has a beautiful homemade breakfast, lunch or dinner in front of them.

Happy making!

Need more baby food ideas? Check out my Purple Sweet Potato Baby Food Recipe!