Monday, September 21, 2009

HomemadeBaby Food: Acorn Squash

Acorn squash is in the winter squash family and is ideal for your childs 1st squash experience and is appropriate from age 6 months and beyond. It might look scary to make the following, but its not, its fairly simple.


Calories - 79.95

Protein - 1.82 grams

Carbohydrate - 17.94 grams

Dietary Fiber - 5.74 grams

Calcium - 28.7 mg

Iron - 0.67 mg

Potassium - 895.85 mg

Folate - 57.40 mcg

Vitamin A - 7,291.85 mg



Step1:Purchase 1 or 2 acorn squash from the store or farmers market. Can buy ahead of time and store in a cool dry place for up to 4 months. Fall is the best time to buy one so nows your chance. Organic would be best but it is still safe if you aren't able to locate organic variety. Acorn squash comes in many colors so yours may not look the same as mine. Color does not dictate quality.



Step 2: Rinse under water and place on cutting board. Slice in half. Using a spoon scoops out the seeds and pulp. It should look like picture below. Some strings may remain inside don't worry about them.


Step 3: Place meat side down inside a baking dish with 1-2" of water.


Step 4: Place in a warm oven on 400 degrees for 40 minutes.



Step 5: Remove from oven, should look like picture below. Skin will wrinkle and turn golden brown.


Step 6: Let cool then pull skin away from the meat of the squash


Step 7: Place inside food processor and puree. Mine did not need to be thinned but you could use cooking water, or breastmilk to thin. For a baby already eating finger foods you could skip pureeing and just cut this into small pieces. It will be soft like a banana.


Step 8: Scoop pureed baby food into a dish and serve immediately, or keep fresh in the fridge for 3 days. The easiest way for me is to scoop into 1oz portions in ice cube trays. Once frozen transfer from ice cube trays and place in freezer safe plastic bag. Label and write the date it will expire (3 months from now)



Foods Good to Mix With Butternut or Acorn Squash:
Apples

Peaches

Pears

Carrots

Parsnip

Brown

Rice

Lentils

Chicken

Beef

Pork

See its not that hard. One thing I have learned from making my own babyfood is to try things I normally wouldn't eat. Taste them they are wonderful, a liitle bit of cinnamon and brown sugar and this could be a side dish with your chicken. Healthy for the whole family. One of the best things is it doesnt have is any dyes or preservatives in your your food.

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