Thanksgiving isn't a common celebration in the United Kingdom, but with a lot of Americans who live in the UK, Thanksgiving is surely gaining momentum.
It marks the beginning of the holiday season: a time to be merry with family and friends. There will be plenty of eating, and you have an opportunity to put a baby-friendly spin on traditional holiday foods to make your little one’s first Thanksgiving one his/her taste buds will never forget:
Babies who have been eating sold foods for a while, usually those older than 7 months, can enjoy some turkey with the rest of the crowd. Simply cook the meat as usual with your favourite recipe, and then slice a piece of it for your baby. Chop it into very fine pieces using a chef’s knife or food processor, and then give it to your little one.
If you plan on serving your Thanksgiving guests with sweet potatoes, you should set aside some pieces before adding butter, milk, or seasoning. If your little one is about 6 months old, prepare a smooth puree for him, or fork-mash some into a thicker pulp for older babies. If your little one was weaned awhile ago and has been eating solids, you may want to add some nutmeg or cinnamon in the mash, or give self-feeders some diced cubes of tender sweet potatoes.
Compared to sweet potatoes, Irish potatoes are less tasty, and even have less nutrients. But that does not necessarily mean that you should not include some boiled, steamed, or baked potatoes in your Thanksgiving dishes. They are a great source of fibre. For newly weaned babied, give them some plan smashed potatoes or well cooked, soft cube slices for self-feeders.
Vegetables are important, so make a puree from unseasoned green beans for babies over 6 months. Older, self-feeders can eat well-cooked, soft beans that have been cut into manageable pieces.
You need pumpkin for pie filling, but you can set aside some of the puree for your little one. You can create a savoury treat for your baby by mixing some of the pumpkin puree with finely cut turkey pieces for the main course. You can also serve it plain at the end of the meal, or with a dash of cloves or cinnamon for self-feeders. Babies older than 9 months can be given well-cooked, peeled pumpkin slices, roasted or steamed, and sprinkled with some spice.
If you are making butternut squash soup for your crowd, put aside some puree for the baby. The pulp can be served solo or with finely chopped turkey, like with the pumpkin puree. You can also slice some soft, steamed cubes for experienced eaters, generally 9-12 months.
It is a little early to feed apple pie to your little one, but you can make him a tasty puree in a food processor. But first, peel and core the apple and simmer it until it is tender enough for mashing.
You should note that stuffing recipes can be quite tasty for experienced feeders, though you should avoid dried fruits and chestnuts to prevent choking hazards and allergies.