Christmas Dinner for Your Baby!by Elizabeth Keefe
Who says baby has to eat the same old jar baby foods for Christmas. After all, Christmas is that one special time a year when we all splurge on our dinner tables and stuff our mouths with unbelievable amounts of food. Most of which are not considered the best for your health.
So this year we are breaking the rules for baby too. Instead of buying "Christmas in a jar" baby foods, use these baby food recipes to give your baby a first Christmas he won't forget.
These recipes are intended for babies older than 6 months. For younger babies who are just starting solid foods, use your expressed milk or formula instead of water to make the food taste more familiar.
Turkey and Cranberry Puree
- 1 slice of cooked turkey
- Cranberry sauce (canned)
Place turkey in a blender or food processor. Blend with water (1 tbsp at a time) so it is a smooth liquid.
Cranberry sauce will thicken the Turkey and water blend. Blend in cranberry sauce to your desired consistency. You may need more than 1/4 cup to make it thicker than a puree if you are feeding an older baby.
Baked Acorn Squash
- 2 small acorn squash
- 2 tbsp apple juice
- 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
Cut each squash into halves a scoop out the seeds. Divide the juice and cinnamon among the 4 halves and cover with aluminum foil. Place in a baking dish and bake at 375 degrees for 1 hour or until tender.
Remove the foil and let the squash cool. Scrape the insides of the squash and puree in a blender or processor. Freeze any you do not use right away.
Mouth Watering Pureed Potatoes
- 1 potato
- expressed breast milk, or formula or water
Cut the potato into four pieces and boil for 15 minutes or until completely soft. Place soft potato into blender or processor. Add one tablespoon of fluid at a time until you have a smooth puree of potatoes.
Pureed Baked Sweet Potatoes
- 1 small sweet potato
Slice sweet potato into 1 inch think slices. Over boiling water, steam for 10 minutes or until soft. You should be able to stick a fork easily through the center of one slice.
Add warm sweet potato to blender or processor along with one tbsp of water. Add one tbsp at a time until you have a smooth puree of sweet potatoes.
How's that for a meal?
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