The newest Gourmet Baby Food Creation is…. Risotto with Butternut Squash! 🙂
Butternut squash is rich in vitamin A, then combined with cooked rice, and vegetables and you a nice and soft, yet chunky combination of textures for a delicious baby food for your little one.
I sauteed chopped onion in a bit of butter until soft, then stirred in brown basmati rice until it was well coated. I poured over vegetable broth, covered it, and let cook for 8 minutes over a high heat. I then stirred in peeled and diced butternut squash, reduced the heat, covered, and cooked for about 12 minutes until the vegetable broth was absorbed.
Meanwhile , I melted a bit of butter in a saucepan, added the chopped and skinned tomatoes, and sauteed for 2-3 minutes. I then stirred in grated cheddar cheese until it was melted. I added the cheese and tomato mixture to the cooked rice and combined them. Yummy!!
I am constantly testing out new ideas, and discovering which recipes are a smashing hit and coming up with new ones that need to be added to the menu.
There are some recipes that never seem to get old, and are always welcomed like the Chicken & Potato, the Tomatoes and Carrots with Basil, the Carrot Apple and Celery, Chicken & Apple Balls, and the Minestrone.
This month, I added a new recipe to some of the already favorites… Chicken with Summer Vegetables.
The sweet potato, splash of apple juice and peas add a natural sweetness that babies will like. While the garlic and basil add flavor which is important because you really don’t want to add salt.
I sauteed chopped onions and finely chopped red bell peppers in olive oil until softened. I added garlic and sauteed for 1 minute. I stirred in chicken breast chopped into small pieces, and continued to cook for 3-4 minutes. I then poured a splash of apple juice and chicken broth, and stirred in the chopped zucchini, and peeled and diced sweet potato. I brought it to a boil, then covered it and let it simmer for about 8 minutes. I then stirred in frozen peas and continued to cook for 3 minutes. You can chop or purée to your desired consistency. I prefer to keep mine chunky so I briefly chop in a blender with fresh basil leaves .