baby friendly recipe tips for the holiday season
Baby’s first holiday season is full of exciting times! Why not make their adventure with food something just as exciting as their first meeting with the big man in the red suit? This is a great time to introduce your baby to the wide variety of foods that come out during the holidays, such as the traditional turkey, stuffing, sweet potatoes and brussel sprouts. When planning your holiday menu, here are a few things to consider when it comes to including the VIP (your baby!)
- Introduce foods that the rest of the family would be eating. They can easily be part of holiday meals, just be sure the texture is suitable for their development. For example, babies just starting on solids should have their food pureed to a consistency that works for them. If you notice them gagging or spitting out, they may be telling you to puree a little longer or add little liquid to thin out the consistency.
- Make extra. I always cook a little extra knowing that I plan to puree and freeze up baby portions to keep in the freezer. If you are going to all the trouble to make this delicious meal, it doesn’t take much to make a little extra to save yourself cooking time over the coming weeks. You will be so grateful to have a freezer full of baby portions for future meals.
- Make tasty combinations. If you are cooking a number of dishes, try making your own unique combinations to create a variety of meals for baby. For example, puree up some turkey, potatoes, and a dash of gravy and drop of cranberry sauce or if baby is ready for bite-sized portions try dicing up your holiday meal for self-feeding. My favorite was giving baby a bowl of mashed potatoes and watching them eat. It may be a little messy but so much fun!
- Spice it up! Try new herbs and spices when combining your cooked ingredients to create new flavor sensations. For example, add a pinch of pumpkin pie spice to your mashed sweet potatoes, or a pinch of ground rosemary to your turkey and potato blend. Be sure to avoid seasoning their portion with additional salt
- Celebrate by eating together. Nothing makes a baby feel more like part of the family than when they are included in these festive meals. Even if its for a short period of time, allowing your baby to watch the rest of the family enjoy their beautifully prepared meal together sets a wonderful example for how families come together and show appreciation for the delicious food.
Here is one of my favorite recipes for holiday leftovers, Turkey Pot Pie.
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Jen is the mother of two well-fed children and has a passion for all things culinary. She is also an inspirational speaker to women, busy moms and entrepreneurs.