thanksgiving baby recipes

Baby´s First Thanksgiving!

November 21, 2018

With Thanksgiving just around the corner, we were thinking, what we have to be thankful for this year? Traditionally, the Thanksgiving holiday gives thanks to a bountiful harvest. Having plenty of healthy food was important for little ones to grow up healthy and strong, so, in that regard, not much has changed.

We were pondering what we feel thankful for this year and came up with a few common themes:

  • Health, it’s essential! And it’s always a major focus for parents. We’re lucky to live in a time where we know more about nutrition and can provide our babies with a balanced diet rich in vitamins, fiber and energy.

  • Technology is pretty fantastic! To be able to find information, recipes, baby formulas, burping techniques.. everything is at your fingertips! It’s so helpful to the modern day, job-juggling, exhausted parent.

  • Music. Ok that was a bit random. But doesn’t it make you feel great to turn up a song that gives you the feels and just rock out for a few minutes? And I bet your baby loves music too. Rattling instruments, the relentless cheerful vibe of Baby Shark, and our favorite, a soothing bedtime lullaby to send your little one off to snoozeville.

We thought it might be fun for you to make a five course meal for your baby this Thanksgiving and here are some recipe ideas to help you out. Yes, we know, your baby may not get through all of them. A lot may end up on the floor, on the table or in their hair. They may grimace at a new taste and spit it back out. But that’s all part of the fun and laughter of new experiences.

  1. Baby squash soup
  • 1 carrot, peeled and sliced
  • 1 sweet apple, peeled, cored and sliced
  • 2 cups peeled and cubed butternut squash
  • Water

Place all the ingredients in a pot, filling up with enough water to cover the veggies and fruit. Bring to a boil and cook until everything is tender. Using an immersion blender, puree the soup. Freeze any leftovers in ice cube trays for easy defrosting.

  1. Sweet Potato mash for babies

You can’t pass up sweet potato as a yummy food for your 6+ months baby. The taste and the texture is generally a big favorite.

  • Peel, rinse, and cut sweet potato into 1/4-inch slices
  • Cover slices with water and bring pot to a boil
  • Reduce heat and simmer for 10 to 15 minutes
  • Drain and blend in a food processor until smooth, adding water as needed
  • Finish with a dash of cinnamon or nutmeg if your baby has been eating solids for a while

  1. My First Turkey Dinner

Of course we had to put in one of our favorite baby chef’s recipes, from Annabel Karmel. This recipe is for 6-9 month old babies.

  • 8.8 oz roasted vegetables eg: butternut squash , parsnips and carrots, diced
  • 6 tbsp milk
  • 8.8 oz weak chicken stock
  • ½ tsp fresh thyme , chopped
  • 0.7 oz frozen peas
  • 2.1 oz cooked turkey, diced
  • 1 tbsp parmesan cheese, grated

Put half of the roasted vegetables into a cylinder or bowl. Add the milk and blend until smooth. Spoon into a saucepan. Add the water or stock. Stir until smooth.

Put the remaining vegetables onto a board and chop into small pieces. Add the vegetables, peas, turkey and thyme to the pan.

Stir over the heat until the peas are cooked and then stir in the cheese.

The only problem with this recipe is that your baby may eat better than you do!

  1. Banana-Tofu Pudding Baby Thanksgiving Dessert

Ok we all know that many babies love bananas. So why not put a creamy twist on mashed bananas with some healthy tofu and make a creamy yummy dessert.

  • Mix 2 cups firm tofu and 2 bananas in a blender until smooth
  • Then add 1/3 cup maple syrup, plus 1 1/2 tsp. vanilla
  • Blend again until ingredients are combined then pour into bowls to chill before serving

Your baby will go wild for this sweet, soft, yummy treat and the family will love watching their little face light up with joy.

  1. Hedgehog Thanksgiving Cupcakes

Another favorite from Annabel Karmel for older babies and toddlers is the cutest little hedgehog cupcakes! It’s an adorable fall creature and who can resist a pointy, spiky, yummy little chocolate hedgehog?

For the Cupcakes:

  • 3.5 oz dark chocolate
  • 6.1 oz butter
  • 8 oz caster sugar
  • 3 eggs
  • 4.4 oz  self-raising flour
  • pinch of salt
  • 2.4 oz  soft butter
  • 5.2 oz icing sugar
  • 0.3 oz cocoa
  • 1 tbsp milk

For Decoration:

  • Oreo cookies
  • Mini marshmallows
  • black writing icing pen
  • M&M’s
  • red icing pen
  • dummy jelly sweets x 12

Preheat the oven to 350 F  (320F Convection)/350 F/Gas Mark 4). Line a muffin tin with cupcake cases. Melt the butter and chocolate together in a bowl over simmering water until runny. Add the sugar and eggs, flour and salt. Whisk until fluffy using an electric hand whisk. Spoon into cases. Bake for 20 to 25 minutes and then leave to cool.

Whisk together butter, icing sugar cocoa and milk. Spread the icing over the cupcakes. Put one half of an Oreo Cookie on top of the cupcake. Make eyes from the mini marshmallows and add eyeballs with the red icing pen. Stick the nose on with icing, adding a little extra red icing on the tip and arrange the M&M’s for feathers.

There are so many reasons to be thankful and I bet that your little bundle of giggles is a major one of them.

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