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butternut squash and quinoa baby food

Roasted Butternut Squash with Quinoa

Amy Palanjian
Try this as a transition food for an older baby or a healthy side dish for a family meal.
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 26 mins
Total Time 36 mins
Course side
Cuisine American
Servings 4
Calories 278 kcal


  • 1 tablespoon olive oil or canola oil
  • 4 cups peeled and chopped butternut squash (about 1 medium squash)
  • 1/4-1/3 cup light or full-fat canned coconut milk
  • 1 cup fully cooked quinoa
  • Salt optional


  • Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F. Toss the oil and the squash together and spread onto a rimmed baking sheet. Bake for 26-28 minutes or until very soft.
  • Remove from oven and transfer squash to a blender with 1/4 cup coconut milk, adding more as needed to make a thick puree.
  • Stir squash mixture together with the quinoa, taste and add salt if desired, and serve warm.
  • Store any leftovers in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 5 days. Warm slightly to serve.


  • Prepare quinoa according to package directions, which is usually a 1:2 quinoa to water ratio.
  • Be sure that your quinoa is totally cooked through and very soft for the best results.
  • You can use store-bought butternut squash puree (either the kind in a can from the baking aisle or the kind from a baby food pouch) if desired.
  • Roast the squash and prepare the quinoa up to 3 days ahead of time if desired. 
  • You can offer this on a preloaded spoon, directly on a highchair tray, or let the baby or toddler practice self feeding with a spoon and a small bowl.
  • Sprinkle with a little cinnamon (or pumpkin pie spice) to add a pleasant warm note.
  • Sprinkle on a little ground cumin for a Mexican nod.
  • Grate in a little fresh ginger or a sprinkle of dried to add a zing of flavor.


Calories: 278kcalCarbohydrates: 44gProtein: 8gFat: 9gSaturated Fat: 3gPolyunsaturated Fat: 2gMonounsaturated Fat: 3gSodium: 10mgPotassium: 763mgFiber: 6gSugar: 3gVitamin A: 14888IUVitamin C: 30mgCalcium: 90mgIron: 3mg
Keyword butternut squash baby food, quinoa recipe for babies
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