Squashes are quite versatile and are easy to work with. They can be served to babies in different ways and combinations. I had Acorn squash and apples with me, so thought of combining those two and making a healthy meal for my daughter. In the following recipe, I have used acorn squash and apple and added a bit of nutmeg and cinnamon to it. Since both are easy on digestion, they turn out to be a hearty meal for a baby.
Acorn squash and apples is a very nutritious combination for babies. They both have high amounts of vitamin A, vitamin C, folate, and fiber. Since they have a lot of fibers, they are easy on digestion. Acorn squash is one of the varieties of winter squash. They are a good source of niacin, iron, beta-carotene and vitamin A. Did you know, that a squash is characterized as a “Winter” squash not only due to the season in which it is harvested, but also due to the way the squash grows. Winter squash mature on the vine and does not further mature or ripen once harvested. The rind or shell of a Winter squash is very hard and thick which makes it easy to store for a long period of time. Peak season for Winter squash is November through December when they are gathered. When I get squashes from the store, I usually cut and get rid if the hard skin, pulp and seeds and make small cubes. I freeze those cubes in a zip lock. This makes my job easier when cooking for my little girl.
- 5 small cubes of acorn squash
- ½ medium sized red delicious apple
- Dash of cinnamon
- Dash of nutmeg
- ½ cup water
- Wash and cut apple into pieces.
- In a pot, add water, apple, acorn squash and nutmeg powder.
- Once the water comes to a rolling boil, reduce heat and cover it and let it simmer.
- Cook till everything gets well done.
- Once done, transfer it to a food processor and give it a churn.
You can also bake or steam acorn squash and make this recipe.
You can mix this puree with any baby cereal.(Oats, rice, whole grain, multigrain)
Talk to your baby’s Pediatrician before starting any new food.
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