I finally started making homemade baby food, and my little guy loves this butternut squash and rotisserie chicken puree.
I started pinning homemade baby food recipes on Pinterest almost as soon as I found out I was pregnant last year. I had every intention on only serving my baby homemade baby food, but it's only been within the last 2 months that I've started making his food.
I was too intrigued with the baby food combinations available nowadays in stores to pass them up. With little guy number one, I followed the rule that you should give babies super bland food and not a huge variety. Now he's almost 5 and one of the pickiest eaters you'll ever meet. So when I saw baby food like chicken risotto with Portabello mushrooms at Babies 'R Us, I jumped at the chance to have a little gourmet baby.
Dylan loved that combo by the way, and everything else I have thrown at him. He loves food with lots of different spices, and different ingredients. The only thing that he hasn't liked so far has been strawberry yogurt melts. Anyway, the pre-packaged baby food comes in such interesting combinations that I just couldn't resist buying it. How can you say no to apple, raspberry, avocado? Or maybe it was a little bit of laziness - after all, I haven't had a full night of sleep in almost a year 🙂
Turns out making homemade "gourmet" baby food isn't hard or even time consuming and it sure is a lot cheaper. I think my butternut squash cost less than $2 and the rotisserie chicken was only $4.95 - plus that was the entire family's dinner and I only used a small fraction of chicken breast to get quite a bit of baby food.
If you're already making your own baby food, then you know the drill of freezing individual servings in ice cube trays for convenience. Dylan liked this combination so much that he ate 2 servings in one sitting.
Even I liked it. I am crazy about both butternut squash and rotisserie chicken. This would probably make a pretty nice side dish...
Butternut Squash and Rotisserie Chicken Baby Food
1 medium Butternut Squash
about 1/2 cup of cubed rotisseries chicken
roughly 2 Tablespoons olive oil
1. Heat your oven to 350 degrees.
2. Slit the butternut squash in half lengthwise and coat with olive oil. (It helps to use a paper towel to even spread the olive oil over the entire squash.)
3. Place the squash cut side down on a baking sheet.
4. Cook the squash about 40 minutes or until easily pierced with the tip of a knife.
5. Remove the squash from the oven and allow to cool completely.
6. Remove the seeds from the roasted butternut squash and discard.
7. Scrape the inside of the squash and place inside a food processor along with the diced chicken.
8. Pulse the food processor until you have a smooth puree.
9. Spoon the baby food into ice cube trays or other storage until ready to use.