Braised Butternut Squash and my baby's eating habits.

A few months ago, I made this butternut squash recipe for the first time. I have been remembering how good it tasted since then, and so tonight I decided to make it again. The first time I made it, Judah loved it, nearly inhaled it actually. I was hoping he'd be interested again since he has pretty much been eating mostly bananas and cottage cheese and bread since he first got sick. He didn't really go for it today (sigh) but I still loved it. As an aside, how am I supposed to get him to eat things he is not interested in? He will just push anything away that I try to get him to taste. If I do get something in his mouth, he just spits it out. I don't want every meal to be a battle, but I also do want him to eat veggies. He used to eat tons of peas and blueberries, but since he was sick he just won't touch them. I am perplexed. I feel like he used to be much better at eating a variety of food. I've been telling myself that it's probably just a stage. We did just discover that he also loves scrambled eggs (woohoo!), but I am cooking carrots, green beans, zucchini, and all sorts of things, but he basically just sticks to the carbs.

Most of the time, my favorite things to eat are those that are simply prepared with few ingredients. I have learned that recipes do not have to be complex to taste really good. This recipe definitely qualifies. Many thanks again to Mark Bittman.

2 T. Olive oil
1 T. minced garlic

Put these in the pain on medium high heat. When the garlic starts to brown add:
1 medium to large butternut squash, peeled and cut into 1in. cubes
1/4 c. chicken stock or water
salt and pepper to taste
Bring to a boil, cover and turn to low until the liquid is gone. Then uncover and let it cook until the squash is soft, about 10-15 more minutes.

Then it's time to eat!


Lindsay said…
Livy was like this when she turned one. She had been an adventurous eater and never turned anything down before that, but once she hit one she swore off of meat for almost 6 months. It was very frustrating, for sure, but it got better for her and it will for Judah. Just keep offering him food, because you'll never know when he'll snap out of it and start eating they way you're used to.
Gray said…
I second Lindsay's comment. Hamilton goes through stages of liking things and not liking them. Sometimes he likes something the first day, but only nibbles it as a leftover.

One thing that has helped me: Make sure he's hungry at dinner time. For us, we had to cut back on his afternoon snack, so that by 6 pm he's super hungry for whatever I've cooked.

And, if he doesn't eat at dinner or doesn't eat much, I just assume he's not hungry and let him be done. (He won't starve. :))
Keurig Mini said…
My 1 year old grand daughter comes here every Wednesday, and much to my surprise her dad makes all of her food for her! He continues to introduce her to various foods (which she loves) and as she grows older is willing to try and eat anything!

This recipe will certainly add to her repertoire when I give it to her dad! I have to jot it down as soon as I finish the cup of cocoa I just made in my keurig b60 coffee maker.


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