Squash, Apple, and Brown Rice Homemade Baby Food

I started making homemade baby food several years ago when my second baby was born. The first time around, I hadn’t really thought about doing it myself. I just bought the jarred stuff because that’s what everyone else I knew had done. At that point, I wasn’t very adept in the kitchen, so I was more focused on becoming comfortable in the culinary arts in general rather than on whipping up homemade food for my infant.

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Once I started down this road, I never looked back.  It was easy, more nutritious, and saved a ton of money. Why wouldn’t I make my own baby food? 

My youngest son started venturing into the realm of eating solids a few months ago.  I’ve been experimenting with different things just for the fun of it and this particular recipe has been his favorite thus far.  It is a savory and sweet meal, filled with lots of healthy foods for baby.

In order to make this tasty food for your baby, you’ll need to gather up the following:

  • an acorn squash
  • 2 red delicious apples
  • 1 tsp dried minced onion
  • 2 cups cooked brown rice
  • 1 tbsp unsalted butter
  • 1/2 tsp thyme
  • 1/2 tsp oregano
  • 1/2 tsp sage
  • 1/4 cup apple juice

1. Preheat your oven to 350 degrees. Cut the acorn squash in half and scoop out all the seeds.

2. Place cut side down in a 9×13 baking dish and add about 1 1/2 inches of water to the pan. Bake for about an hour or until tender. Drain any remaining water from the dish and flip the squash over.

3. Slice up your apples into wedge. In a large pan, melt the butter. When it is ready, add the apples (leave the skin on!). Saute for about 10 minutes on medium low heat. Sprinkle with the minced onion, thyme, oregano, and sage.  Saute for another 5-6 minutes.

4. Add the cooked rice to the pan and stir until it is all mixed together well.

5. Scoop the rice mixture into the holes of the acorn squash. Once it is full, just keep piling the apples/rice on top. Bake for approximately 15 minutes.  Place on a wire rack and allow to cool.

6. Scoop the squash and filling into a food processor and blend until pureed to your preferred consistency.

7. Spoon the puree into ice cube trays and freeze. Pop the food cubes out of the trays and place them in a freezer bag. You’re all set!

8. When it’s time to feed your little one, just grab a cube (or two depending on baby’s age and appetite) and warm it up.

Nom! Nom! Nom!

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Do you make your own baby food? 

Adapted from a recipe at WholesomeBabyFood.com

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