What do you think of when you think of baby food? Glass jars full of questionable yellow goop? Green pea slop? I’m definitely not perfect, but I love doing what I can to make healthy fuel for my family. Of course, it starts with the littlest members of the family! Today I’ll show you how incredibly EASY it is to make healthful, real, yummy food for your baby. On the menu today is butternut squash baby food puree. It’s as easy as 1, 2, 3! If you’re in a rush, just check out the handy-dandy graphic below. Get those spoons ready! Dinner’s on the table in no time flat.

Now, if you’ve got an extra minute, I’ve cooked up a few suggestions to spice it up! Just toss these in the blender and you’re good to go. Here are a few of my favorite pairings with butternut squash:

  • Butternut  squash + pears + cinnamon
  • Butternut squash + spinach
  • Butternut squash + quinoa + garlic
  • Butternut squash + sweet potato + applesauce

Keep in mind, you really don’t need to add salt to your baby food. Babies have more taste bud than adults, so they naturally taste deeper flavor. Keep it simple!

Quick Tip: Freeze your homemade baby food in ice cube trays. When your baby is hungry, just pop out the desired number of cubes and microwave for 30 seconds. You can mix and match the frozen cubes to create a custom menu for your baby! Yum…

If you’ve never attempted to make your own baby food, try it out! It’s so good for your baby and I promise you it will take less than 15 minutes. One butternut squash usually will give you about 20 oz. or more of baby food. That’s plenty to stock up your freezer! That’s also a huge savings over processed, store bought jars. You’ll have a nice big batch of healthy goodness to feed to your baby. Butternut squash is loaded with Vitamin A and dietary fiber. You can feel good knowing that you’re giving your baby the best! (Plus you’ll save some cash along the way, too!)

That wraps it up for this Little Foodie Formula edition! What are your favorite spices to add to butternut squash baby food?