A slow cooker is a busy parent's best friend. These tasty baby food recipes, all of which freeze beautifully, are so simple they almost cook themselves! With just a few minutes of prep in the morning, healthy meals can be ready for baby in time for lunch or dinner.
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Slow-Cooked Cinnamon Apples
A hint of cinnamon and vanilla turns basic applesauce into something special. Keep it chunky for older babies and toddlers or puree until very smooth for little ones just starting on solids. (Pssst! Try warm cinnamon apples and crushed graham crackers over vanilla ice cream for a last-minute dessert. Tastes like apple pie!)
Butternut Squash with Nutmeg
Butternut squash is easy to find in most markets, but any hard, winter squash like acorn, delicata, kabocha, or pumpkin works here, so mix it up from time to time. When choosing squash, look for one that's heavy for its size. It will have retained most of its moisture post-harvest and will be tastier as a result.
Slow-Cooker Vegetable Medley
This is an especially great recipe to try when summer produce is at its peak, but frozen vegetables are a smart stand-in for farm-fresh any time of year--no thawing necessary! Just throw frozen beans and squash into the slow cooker and proceed with the recipe below.
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