Suitable for freezing
Suitable from 6 months
Preparation time: 10 minutes
Cooking time: 40 minutes
This is a great puree for starting babies off on. It’s naturally a little sweet and has a lovely soft texture. You can add less water when blending and use it as a dip with flatbreads or simply spread on toast. Don’t forget to reserve a couple of cooked, cooled vegetable batons for your baby to hold and gnaw on.
- 1 carrot (prepared weight approximately 85g)
- 1 sweet potato (prepared weight approximately 170g)
- 130g peeled butternut squash, seeds removed
- 2 cloves of garlic, peeled
- 1 tbsp olive oil
- Preheat the oven to 200°C/gas mark 6.
- Peel the carrot and sweet potato and cut into long batons about 8cm long and 3cm wide.
- Chop the butternut squash in the same manner.
- Place on a baking tray and crush two cloves of garlic over the top.
- Add the oil and toss with your hands until evenly covered.
- Roast for 30 minutes until the vegetables are starting to brown and crisp at the edges and a knife passes through the thickest area of the vegetables easily.
- Remove from the oven and allow to cool for 5 minutes in the tin.
- Puree using a stick blender until you have the consistency your baby prefers. If in doubt, start smooth and add lumps gradually over time. For a really smooth puree add 3 tbsp cooled boiled water before blending.
Holly’s top tip: Keeps in the fridge in an airtight container for 3 days or freezes well for 1 month. Defrost in the fridge overnight and reheat on the hob or in the microwave until piping hot. Stir well and always check the heat of baby food before serving.
About the Chef
Organix launches ‘Babies Who Lunch’ campaign with Holly Bell
Holly Bell, finalist in the Great British Bake Off and author of Recipes from a Normal Mum, launches the ‘Babies Who Lunch’ campaign with Organix, the baby and toddler food brand. The campaign encourages parents to get together and share their weaning experiences.
To support families on their baby’s food journey, the ‘Babies Who Lunch’ campaign looks at the benefits of sharing experiences and getting together at mealtimes with other parents and their little ones. Both psychologists and parents say social experiences have had a positive impact on their little ones being more open to trying new foods.
With Holly Bell, who is currently weaning her third son Lawrence, and a group of her friends who are weaning their little ones, Organix has made a ‘Babies Who Lunch’ short film to show their experiences of weaning together: #babieswholunch