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A quick, easy and super cheap weaning recipe for Chicken and Butternut Squash.
Perfect for feeding your baby in a hurry!
Before my baby was born, I had all these hopes that he was going to eat freshly prepared food. That I would have a ton of time to prep his meals. I had visions of leisurely cooking meals, all while he slept cosily, his cooing noises trickling through the baby monitor.
And then reality hit, and the kitchen is a mess, life is hectic and everything needs to be completed in double quick time.
So I started bulk cooking my own meals, which has really helped my husband and I to have something healthy to sit down to every night. Food, for us, is not something that merely satisfies a nutritional need. It is something that brings us together after a long day. It is something to be savoured and enjoyed. Bulk cooking enables us to eat well without putting in a ton of time to cook every evening.
And even though time has become a precious commodity in our house, I didn’t want to scrimp on decent, home-cooked food for my baby. I wanted to spend as much time with him as possible, but still cook him a fresh and healthy meal every night.
So that’s when I decided to come up with an easy system for bulk cooking baby’s meals. Creating weaning recipes that can be batch prepped in advance, ready to go from freezer to table in two minutes flat.
Bulk Cooking Weaning Recipes
The key to getting the most out of your time when preparing weaning recipes is to cook several meals at once. It usually works out a lot cheaper to do this, and it cuts down on food waste, too.
My system is to prepare the recipe, then puree until smooth. The puree is then spooned into 2 ounce portions in this handy tray, and frozen. Once frozen, I pop each portion out and store in reusable bags in the freezer. When baby is ready to eat, I simply heat a portion through in the microwave.
I’ve gotten into the habit of following this system once per week, which has helped to build a decent stash of different meals. This means baby is getting to try a wide range of foods and isn’t eating the same thing, day in, day out. Bulk cooking weaning recipes also helps to ensure the food baby is getting is nutritious and not laden with salt, chemicals or other food nasties.
Can you save money by batch cooking weaning recipes?
Absolutely! This recipe for chicken and butternut squash comes in at £1.80 for seven portions, making it just over 25p per portion. A jar of the ready-made equivalent costs 65p. That’s a saving of £2.75!
This chicken and butternut squash weaning recipe is so easy to make, too. For just a few minutes of prep, your oven will do most of the work while you spend time with your little one (or let’s face it, have a well-deserved break). Then, it goes straight into the food processor, then into the freezer, ready for an easy dinner.
So let’s get started.
Chicken and Butternut Squash Weaning Recipe
You will need…
One large butternut squash, peeled, de-seeded and chopped into chunks
One skinless chicken breast
A tbsp of oil
A pinch of salt and pepper, to taste
Dash of milk (optional)
Food processor with puree attachment
Baby food freezer tray
Storage bags (check out the reusable ones I use and recommend here)
Pre-heat the oven to 180c.
Put the butternut squash chunks into the roasting dish. Drizzle over the oil, place the chicken breast of top and sprinkle on a pinch of salt and pepper.
Roast in the oven for around 45 minutes, until the chicken is cooked and the butternut squash has roasted and softened.
Once cooked, tip the contents of the roasting dish into the food processor and puree until smooth. You might like to add a dash of milk here to loosen the puree.
Once smooth, spoon the mixture into the freezer tray, and put into the freezer. When frozen, pop each portion out of the tray and store them in a sealed bag in the freezer.
When you are ready to serve, microwave a portion for around one-and-a-half to two minutes, stirring every 30 seconds, until the chicken and butternut squash is heated through. And serve!
Let me know in the comments what your baby thought of this recipe. My son absolutely loves chicken and butternut squash, and now we are also having it for dinner these days (although not pureed, thankfully!).
Please get in touch in the comments with any questions, tips or comments you might have, or what recipes you’d like to see.