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Chicken, Squash & Spinach with Rice

Did you know that certain foods can help for more settled nights? Here’s how my Chicken, Squash & Spinach with Rice could help ease your baby into the land of nod…

Tryptophan: dark leafy greens like spinach, as well as chicken and wholegrains, are high in tryptophan which aids the production of baby’s sleep-producing hormone melatonin.

Calcium & magnesium: spinach contains these two vitamins in abundance, both of which contribute to muscle relaxation and can have a calming effect on the nervous system.

Complex carbohydrates: squash is a complex carbohydrate which will help keep your baby’s blood sugar levels stable, avoiding unwanted insulin spikes resulting in hunger wakings.

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Ingredients

50g cooked chicken breast, diced
25g butternut squash, diced
25g spinach, roughly chopped
100g cooked rice
10g Parmesan, grated
175ml low salt chicken stock
Squeeze of lemon juice
50g onion, finely chopped
1 clove garlic, crushed
1 tbsp sunflower oil

Method

  1. Heat the oil in a saucepan.
  2. Add the onion and garlic and fry for 2 mins.
  3. Add the butternut squash and stock. Cover and simmer for 5 minutes.
  4. Add the chicken, spinach, rice and stir over the heat until the spinach is wilted.
  5. Add the parmesan and lemon juice.
  6. Blend for desired consistency.

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