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Easy Toddler Meals: Gluten-free Butternut Squash, Carrot, and Parmesan Pasta

Baby Bee started out being a picky eater. Here she is at 6 months sampling a veggie puree…

 

Ha! Poor Bee. It’s tough being a baby. Would you readily bite into a bizarre thing? A giant shoving it in your face, making peculiar noises and coaxing you with “Yumyums” which really is nonsense noise to you?

But tougher still is parenthood with a food-adverse child.

When you have a picky eater, they cry and gesticulate wildly whenever a harmless spoonful of yogurt comes their way. Yet, you’re responsible for feeding them, keeping them alive, but not merely just keeping them alive. You’re expected to help them flourish whilst limited by time and energy constraints, i.e you’re exhausted.

Yes, I’m talking about myself. And all my mommy friends. And probably you. 

So I’ve been playing around with things Baby Bee likes- pasta, cereal, bean dishes- to try and find yummy, easy dishes that might be also harboring much needed nutrients.

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Today, I threw together this beauty.

Protein-packed Banza chickpea pasta paired with maple-sweetened butternut squash, carrot, and Parmesan sauce. Yumyums. With 13 grams of protein and 7 gm of fiber per serving, this gluten-free pasta is both nutrient-packed and has a firm, yummy texture.

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The carrots and butternut squash are vibrant, appealing, and loaded with beta-carotene and vitamin C. It’s also soft enough to be ultra baby or toddler approved, and the sauce could also be used as a puree for a younger baby. Add some hot sauce and pair with a salad, and mom and dad eat too.  

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After preparing this during Baby Bee’s nap, I still had time to eat lunch, read, bug Dr. P, and reapply my lipstick.

I love when a plan comes together.

Butternut Squash and Carrot Parmesan Pasta

Toddler-friendly, quick and easy, veggie-packed pasta.
Prep Time1 min
Cook Time10 mins
Total Time11 mins
Author: BodaciousRD

Ingredients

  • 1 box Banza Chickpea pasta
  • 1 cup Butternut Squash chunks I used frozen
  • 1 cup Baby Carrots
  • 1/3 cup shaved Parmesan cheese or whatever cheese you have on hand
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 tsp maple syrup
  • salt and pepper to taste

Instructions

  • Boil one large pot water for pasta and one medium pot with steamer basket for veggies.
  • Cook pasta according to package directions. Drain, set aside.
  • Steam carrots and squash for about 10 minutes or until tender.
  • Blend steamed veggies with remaining ingredients. 
  • Mix sauce with pasta and package into toddler-friendly Tupperware for the week.

 

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