I thought id post a recipe im trying today with Owen.
I picked up a butternut squash today…- and I plan on making him this recipe:
Rice with Apple and Butternut Squash Purée (4)6 months+
1 squash – acorn, butternut or other winter squash
(these are fairly large btw…
when I cut mine in half, it takes up an entire 9×13 inch bake pan)
1 or 2 cups cooked brown rice
1/2 cup applesauce
Cut acorn or butternut squash in half, scoop out seeds
Place halves face down in a pan and cover with an inch of water
Bake in a 400 degree oven for 40 minutes or until the “shell/skin” puckers and halves feel soft then scoop squash “meat” out of the shell
Place squash “meat” into your choice of appliance for pureeing
Add cooked rice and applesauce and blend
Add water as necessary to achieve a smooth, thin consistency
Recipe source: Wholesome Homemade Baby Food Website (where I get all my recipes for Owen)
Image source: The Left Over Queen
Updated: I decided to do some math on this one 🙂
The total cost of this meal was around $6.50
This recipe yielded 2 liters, yes 2! of squash/rice/apple sauce puree.
Don’t believe me, heres the proof –
That is the Pampered Chef 2 liter glass mixing bowl hah!
I decided to take it an additional step and take a picture of what the squash looked like prepped for freezing. I put the squash into ice cube trays, freeze, bag, and its good to go for a month or two. If you count the cubes, it equals 14 per tray, so 56 cubes in all.
When I feed Owen dinner, I fix him a veggie and a fruit cube. So one squash cube per meal.
This batch that cost me $6.50 to make will last me for 50 plus meals!
Now go to walmart or wherever you grocery shop, and buy 50 plus jars of butter nut squash baby food, and see if the total is less than $6.50. Last I checked you could buy a two pack of Gerber squash for $1.00 each. So two meals for a dollar. That doesnt include the fruit either…
So I have concluded, although it requires much more work… that making your baby food does in fact save!
Also Owen is getting super fresh food, with no preservatives or any additives. Makes me feel good 🙂
Although I understand not all of us can do this.. it sure is worth the effort if you can.
Oh and in Owens squash, as you can see above from the recipe, he is also getting brown rice and apples!
Yum yum 🙂
note: the little bear container beside the ice cube trays, is Owens dinner I set aside before freezing the squash. 🙂 I use those containers for A LOT – and you can find them at the Dollar Tree for 2/$1 – they come in lots of colors too.