Apples, butternut squash and sweet potatoes are my favorite purees. Why? Because I think they are the easiest to prepare, besides the avocado and banana previously posted. For the butternut squash and sweet potatoes, I just roast them for about an hour in the oven then scoop out the flesh and mash with a hand mixer. The apples saute’ fairly quickly in a saucepan before pureeing in a blender or food processor. You can also bake the apples, which preserves the flavor and nutrition a little more, but cooking them on the stovetop has been easier for me.
These three purees are also very versatile. You can mix them with each other or different meats and other fruits/veggies to make a combo meal. Apples pair nicely with baby cereal, chicken, pears, bananas, etc. Sweet potatoes and squash go well with beef, pork, chicken, peaches and pears. I like to keep frozen cubed purees of different kinds, then thaw and mix as desired, varied by the day. It’s a good idea to serve your baby something different instead of the same meal every day. They do get bored with eating the same tastes, just as you or I would.
I’ll share step by step instructions on how to make these three purees in the coming days. And, since the fall season is approaching, this pumpkin puree will also be great for your sweet little one!Oh…and today is my 30th birthday. Eek! 🙂