I began making homemade baby food for my daughter when she started eating solid foods at six months old. Now that she is a toddler, I continue to make her baby food blends that supplement the other foods that she eats. I love knowing that I can ensure that my daughter eats a well balanced diet full of many different foods with my homemade baby food. When she starts to have tummy troubles, I always give her prunes that I stewed myself. Most recently, I added some yellow summer squash to the prune baby food for some added nutrients and fiber.
Prunes are very low in saturated fat, cholesterol, and sodium. Although high in natural sugars, the dried fruit is a good source of dietary fiber and a very good source of vitamin K. Yellow summer squash is low in saturated fat and sodium and very low in cholesterol. Although also high in natural sugars, yellow summer squash is a good source of protein, vitamin A, thiamin, niacin, phosphorus and copper and a very good source of dietary fiber, vitamin C, vitamin K, riboflavin, vitamin B6, folate, magnesium, potassium, and manganese.
To make the prune and yellow summer squash baby food, I started by washing and chopping the squash into smaller chunks. I then tossed the squash and prunes into my big soup pan and added enough water to cover the fruit and veggies. I then simmered the mixture over low heat until most of the water had disappeared and the food was soft and tender. I then allowed the cooked prunes and squash to cool slightly.
Once the cooked prunes and yellow summer squash had cooled a bit, I spooned the mixture into my blender. I then blended the food into a thick mash. For younger babies, simply add more water to create a thinner puree. I then spooned the baby food mash into ice cube trays for easier freezing. Once the cubes had frozen, I transferred the baby food into freezer-safe bags for easier storage. Now, as my daughter needs some prunes in her diet to keep her little digestive system moving, I simply pop a few cubes out of the freezer to thaw in the refrigerator.
What combinations of foods do your kiddos enjoy?
Prunes and Yellow Summer Squash © 2013 Heather Johnson
Washing the Yellow Summer Squash © 2013 Heather Johnson
Chopped Yellow Summer Squash © 2013 Heather Johnson
Yellow Summer Squash with Prunes in Pan © 2013 Heather Johnson
Cooked Prunes and Yellow Summer Squash © 2013 Heather Johnson
Blending the Prunes and Yellow Summer Squash © 2013 Heather Johnson
Prune and Yellow Summer Squash Baby Food Cubes © 2013 Heather Johnson