When both my kiddos started eating solid foods, I introduced a variety of fruits and vegetables through homemade baby food. I particularly enjoyed cooking up fun food combos. One mixture that I created was acorn squash and banana. Acorn squash is very low in saturated fat, cholesterol, and sodium. The vegetable is also a good source of dietary fiber, vitamin A, vitamin B6, folate, and magnesium and a very good source of vitamin C, thiamin, potassium, and manganese. Bananas are very low in saturated fat, cholesterol, and sodium. Although high in natural sugar, the fruit is also a good source of dietary fiber, vitamin C, potassium, and manganese and a very good source of vitamin B6.
To make my homemade baby food, I started with a few raw bananas, an acorn squash, and some fluoride-free baby water. I then peeled and cut the bananas into smaller pieces. I also peeled, seeded, and chopped the acorn squash. I then combined the fruit and vegetable pieces in a glass bowl with some water and cooked the mixture to tenderness in my microwave. (You can also use the stove, but I prefer the ease and speed of the microwave.)
After allowing the cooked squash and bananas to cool slightly, I spooned equal parts of the foods into my Baby Bullet with some additional water. I then blended the mixture, creating a thin puree for my younger infants and a thicker mash for my older toddlers. After pureeing the mixture, I spooned the baby food into ice cube trays for easier freezing. After the mixture froze, I moved the frozen cubes into freezer safe baggies for easier storage. As my kiddos needed baby food, I simply thawed a few cubes of frozen bananas and acorn squash in the refrigerator or microwave.
Baby Food Recipes: Acorn Squash and Banana © 2014 Heather Johnson
Acorn Squash and Bananas © 2014 Heather Johnson
Uncooked Banana Pieces © 2014 Heather Johnson
Cooking the Bananas and Squash © 2014 Heather Johnson
Cooked Bananas and Acorn Squash © 2014 Heather Johnson
Homemade Acorn Squash and Banana Baby Food in Silicone Ice Cube Tray © 2015 Heather Johnson