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