Roasted Christmas Butternut Squash

17th Dec 15 | Family

The Christmas season is well and truly underway and most of us are thinking about what we will make for our scrumptious feast.

I wanted to share a recipe that not only looks festive but also can be enjoyed by everyone from adults to babies.

Baby Led Feeding/Weaning means forgetting about spoons and purees and simply allowing your little one (from 6 months+) the chance to feed themselves with soft and manageable foods.

This Roasted Butternut Squash is quick and easy to prepare and will fill your entire kitchen with fragrant Christmas spices. They are really nutritious and perfect for little hands to manage.

Preparation Time: 10 mins
Cook Time: 25 mins
Makes: 12 Slices (roughly)

What goes in...

1 Butternut Squash

2 Cloves Garlic

1/4 Teaspoon Dried Nutmeg Powder

1/4 Teaspoon Dried Cinnamon Powder

4 Sprigs Fresh Thyme

1 Tablespoon Maple Syrup

1/4 Cup Rapeseed Oil

How to make it…

1. Pre-heat oven to 180ºC.

2. Use a potato peeler to peel the skin from the butternut squash. I find this is the easiest and quickest way to peel them.

3. Slice the butter squash into 1 inches slices and then cut the centre part to remove the seeds. On the solid slices that had no seeds I used a Christmas tree cookie cutter on them to cut out some seasonal shapes.

4. When you are finished add all the butternut squash to a bowl and set aside.

5. All all the remaining ingredients to a blender and blender until it becomes a smooth marinate.

6. Pour over the butternut squash and massage each piece to make sure they are completely covered.

7. Bake for around 25minutes or until it is just soft but still firm enough for little hands to hold.

8. Serve as a side dish.

Aileen Cox Blundell is a mother of three and owner of Baby Led Feeding. The philosophy behind Baby Led Feeding is simply that cooking and eating both should be delicious fun. With healthy, refined sugar free and nutritious bite sized meals babies can feed themselves, it creates a positive relationship with food, right from the very start.

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