Baby will be 6 months in just a few weeks so I am preparing for BABY FOOD! I am so glad she is getting her first foods during the fall season because that means delicious fall flavors are readily available and super inexpensive. She's already had some pureed pumpkin in her rice cereal so now we're ready to try some butternut squash.
The doctor suggested to start her with vegetables instead of starting with fruits. She said that some babies will get a taste of that sweet fruit and then will want nothing to do with the vegetables. Don't want that!
By the way, want a workout while you're cooking? Peel and chop a fresh butternut squash. Holy moly, y'all, my shoulders were burning! Be sure to use a really sharp knife and be very careful!
The good folks over at Hamilton Beach sent me this little beauty. It's their Rice and Hot Cereal Cooker. This cooker can do not only all types of rice, but also other whole grains such as oatmeal, farro and quinoa. It will also steam cook vegetables and proteins. It's sleek, user-friendly, quiet, and takes up very little space in the cupboard. I'll be using mine to steam up all sorts of delicious and nutritious vegetables to puree for homemade baby food. Couldn't be simpler!
Simple Butternut Squash Baby Food
4 cups butternut squash, peeled and cubed
4 cups water
Pour water in the grey pot and set in inside the rice cooker.
In the white steamer basket add your peeled and and butternut squash.
Close the lid of the rice cooker and turn it on.
Press the 'Steam Cook' button. Press and hold until it shows 18.
Set and forget! (but don't really forget it!)
When the timer beeps check the squash. It should be fork tender. Allow to cool and then mash or puree in your Hamilton Beach food processor until smooth.
Blend with a small amount of water if needed.
*Hamilton Beach sent me this rice cooker in exchange for my honest opinions. All opinions are mine, I was not compensated in any way.*