With these delicious Thanksgiving baby food recipes, your little one will be enjoying this special meal along with the rest of the family!
Please remember: If any of the ingredients in these recipes are new to your baby,please make sure you introduce them to him separately – at least four days apart, well in advance of the big day!
There are certainly parts of the Thanksgiving meal that your baby will be able to enjoy from 6 months of age – and here are some tasty recipes just for him!
This recipe is suitable for babies from 6 months+.
To make a yummy acorn squash treat for your baby, just mash or puree the cooked squash with some homemade, sugar-free applesauce and a dash of nutmeg.
This would make a complete meal for younger babies, or would be delicious served with chopped, cooked turkey from 7 months+.
Acorn squash is also great mashed with cooked carrot – and for an extra special Thanksgiving treat, add a drop of pure maple syrup! Mmmm!
Traditional sweet potato and pumpkin pie recipes use many ingredients that are unsuitable for your baby – so here’s a simple way to make one just for him!
Then, stir in natural, unflavoured yogurt until the dish is nice and creamy.
To make your baby’s sweet potato/pumpkin pie extra tasty, sprinkle a little nutmeg on the top!
This recipe is ideal from 7 months+.
1 slice turkey (cooked)
water or homemade chicken stock
1 carrot, cooked
1 small potato, cooked
If your baby is enjoying lumpy foods, then you can simply chop or mash the above ingredients. And if he prefers to feed himself, then cut the foods into bite size pieces and serve them as finger foods, along with a nice dollop of homemade, sugar-free applesauce.
Commercial gravies are too salty for your baby – but it’s easy to make your own healthy alternative!
Take 6 fl oz (3/4 cup) of the meat juices from your cooking pan and puree with 2 oz (around 1/4 cup) of cooked veggies. Remember to allow the juices to sit for at least 5 mins first – the fat will separate and rise to the top, so you can spoon it off. (Please note that this method is not suitable if you used a lot of salt to season your meat).
Use the pureed veggies to thicken 6 fl oz (3/4 cup) of homemade chicken stock.
A yummy treat for babies from 8 months+.
6 oz (3/4 cup) silken tofu
6 oz (3/4 cup) cooked pumpkin
1 tsp vanilla essence
You can create a special ‘crust’ for pies that you make for your baby by topping them with either crushed cereal (such as cornflakes, Cheerios, Rice Krispies) or wheat germ!
For an easy-as-can-be apple pie for your baby, just stir infant cereal into homemade, sugar-free applesauce until you have created a reasonably thick consistency, then pour into an oven-proof dish. Bake at 350 deg F, 180 deg C for 10 mins. You can add the ‘special crust’ described above to this dish, too!
If you’re having lots of guests at your Thanksgiving meal, try to get as much done in advance as possible!
And try to enlist as much help as you can on the big day, too – relatives and friends often want to help out, but are afraid to offer in case they are seen as interfering.
But this type of interference you can use – so do ask for help when it’s needed!
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