Homemade baby food: Peas, green beans, applesauce, butternut squash and oatmeal

Prep Time 10 minutes Cook Time 10 minutes Total Time 20 minutes

Ingredients

  • 1 (12 oz.) bag frozen green peas
  • 1 (12 oz.) bag frozen green beans
  • 1 (12 oz.) box frozen winter squash
  • 1/2 cup old fashioned oats
  • 1 cups 1-ingredient store-bought unsweetened applesauce
  • water, as needed (or breast milk or formula)

Instructions

Get both your peas and green beans going in separate pots on the stove. I use frozen (easy to have on hand), but you can substitute fresh. Steam each vegetable (or cook in a small amount of boiling water) until tender. About 4-5 minutes for frozen peas, 7-9 minutes for frozen green beans.

While the veggies are going on the stove, take turns with your microwave to make the frozen butternut squash and the oatmeal. For the frozen butternut or winter squash, transfer the contents to a bowl, cover and microwave for about 5 minutes. Remove carefully (it will be hot) and let it cool before your refrigerate it.

For the oatmeal, I use regular old-fashioned or rolled oats and microwave them with some water for about 2 1/2 minutes. (See my post on 3-minute breakfast oatmeal for more detailed instructions and tips.) Puree with additional water (or use breastmilk or formula) and keep an eye on it. Oatmeal soaks up liquid as it sits so it’s likely to get hard again, either before it cools or after it’s been refrigerated. You may need to add additional water/breastmilk/formula to it before serving to ensure it’s spoonable.

When the peas and green beans are done cooking, puree each one. Make sure to scrape down the green beans as they are stringy and can take a few rounds to get them smooth.

For the applesauce… find a jar that is only one ingredient: apples. Preferably organic apples since they are on the Dirty Dozen list (for having a high pesticide content). Then open it and dish out some portions. Done!

Recipe Notes

I have always used and highly recommend a hand-held immersion blender for making homemade baby food. Here's the newer version of what I use and love.

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