It’s Fall and that means it is harvest season. My Father in law grows a big garden every year and we’ve been lucky enough to get a ton of veggies to make baby food for our kids both with Danika last year and now Aiden. Making your own baby food may sound intimidating, but I promise you it is so easy! I made all of Danika’s baby food from scratch and saved a ton of money doing it. I also felt more peace of mind knowing exactly what was going into her food.
So since I’m having a baby event this month it is only fitting to share with you how to make your own baby food and offer up my favorite (easy) recipes! First I’ll share one of Danika’s favorites when she was a baby and that is squash!
You can use any type of squash you’d like. Cut it in half lengthwise and spoon out the seeds and “guts” if you will. It makes it easier to slice in half if you microwave it for a minute or two or just use your muscles and slice it (that’s what I do).
Place it “meat” side down in a casserole dish and fill with an inch or so of water. Cook it at 400 degrees for 40-60 minutes. You’ll know it is done when the skin is easily poked into with a toothpick and the squash meat is really soft and easy to scoop. If it is hard to scoop out then it isn’t cooked enough yet.
Scoop out all of the meat and put it into a food processor and puree it until smooth. Some people will tell you to thin it now with water or breastmilk, but I’ve found from my experience that it is better to wait until you serve it to thin it or it tends to get overly watery when you defrost it.