Tuesday, February 1, 2011

“Buttered” Noodles

I have really enjoyed diving into the world of finger foods with Little Frances! I love that she can feed herself; its a great way to keep her occupied while I get things done, plus I just love to watch her explore and test her independence. I have been racking my brain trying to come up with new and creative foods to tempt her little palate that she can also feed to herself, and I thought noodles might be a good food to try. Even though she’s usually an adventure little eater, she gave plain noodles a big fat sour puss rating!

I came across this recipe in the cookbook Deceptively Delicious, and I thought maybe all Little Frances needed was a much loved and familiar flavor while she got used to the noodles.


  • 8 oz whole grain noodles - I used Fuseli because it seemed like it would easy for Little Frances to grasp and stay firm enough after cooking to be picked up.
  • 1/2 cup butternut squash puree
  • 1/4 cup milk
  • 2 tablespoons butter/margarine
  • 2 tablespoons grated parmesan cheese
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt


  1. Cook the noodles according to package instructions.
  2. Drain the noodles and return to the pan.
  3. Add the squash, milk, butter, cheese, and salt to the noodles and stir until all noodles are evenly coated.
  4. Cut the noodles into bite sized pieces. If your baby has top and bottom teeth, you may want to keep it long.

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Miscellaneous: This delicious meal can be enjoyed by the entire family! Just add salad.

Timing: 9 to 10 Months

Storage: I would store this in the fridge for up to 1 week, and in the freezer for 1 month.

Epicutie Rating: Somewhat Yummy! At first Little Frances was all smiles, so I thought that it was a hit, but she did not devour it the way she usually does foods she really likes. Eventually she was fussing and (semi) signing all done. I left it on her place at she continued to pick it thought while she was finishing the rest of her meal.





  1. Does she always eat topless? LOL, cute. I am CONSTANTLY racking my brain for new foods to give little Joy. She wants VARIETY and FLAVOR now. We are at an awkward stage..she has the teeth for foods (8 and more are coming in) and the coordination but not the patience for tooo long. SHe cannot eat enough in finger foods alone....how long will you make purees a component of her meals?

  2. Kelly, no, she normally doesn't eat topless, but I was looking at these picture and thinking... WOW, I bet everyone thinks that I strip her down for meals :). I will give her purees for a while, at least until she's has enough teeth and can feed herself enough to satisfy me! She can down an entire banana in finger foods (that's a lot of a little tummy), but that's not every meal.

  3. We finally made this and Little Joy loved it!! YUMMY IN THE TUMMY! I used veggie noodles (some made of carrots, some made of spinach, some of tomato and also added a little pepper and thyme leaves. I liked it too!!! Thanks for posting this one.


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Little Joy at 2 years, Sept 2012

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Little Frances

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Little Asher at 11 months, Sept 2012

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Little Elizabeth, July 2013
  • Yummy in the Tummy: Epicutie thoroughly enjoyed each bite
  • Somewhat yummy: Epicutie seemed to somewhat enjoy the food at first, but seemed to like it less with subsequent bites
  • Not so sure I like it...yet: Epicutie somewhat rejected the first bites, but seemed intrigued. The next exposure may be better!
  • Confused: Epicutie rejected the first bites, perhaps due to texture or strong flavor.
  • Sour Puss: Epicutie gave a sour face indicating she did not like the food. However--if at first you do not succeed, try, try again!

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