Mouthwatering Baby Food Recipes for Thanksgiving

Thanksgiving is a special time where we all over-indulge in stuffing ourselves silly with foods that we don’t normally consume on a daily basis. Why should your baby have to miss out on the good stuff simply because they aren’t ready for chewing? Many of these foods are actually quite healthy and make great purees for your baby. If your baby has started eating solids, these mouthwatering baby food recipes for Thanksgiving are sure to create some exciting new tastes and textures they’ll enjoy.

*These are suitable for babies that are well established with solid foods (6-8 months). Babies learning how to transition to solids should be introduced to foods one at a time as a precaution to food allergies and reduce digestive upsets.

Baby’s First Thanksgiving Feast

Don’t limit your baby to the traditional mashed potatoes or bland, flavorless purees this Thanksgiving. Offering variety is a great way to introduce your baby to different flavors they’ll become accustomed to eating later. In fact, the more flavorful foods you introduce them too, the less likely you’ll end up with a picky eater later. In many countries, babies are often served up pureed foods with the same spices and herbs the family cooks with. These are ideally recommended for babies 6 months and older.

Turkey and Cranberry Puree

This delicious recipe will serve as a perfect main course for your baby this Thanksgiving with flavors of cranberry that pair nicely with turkey!

Ingredients:

  • One slice of cooked turkey.
  • Apple juice or water
  • ¼ cup of canned cranberry sauce

Directions:

  • Place the turkey in a food processor or blender.
  • Blend with water till it becomes a smooth liquid. When adding water, remember to add a tablespoon at a time.
  • Blend the mixture in cranberry sauce until you achieve your desired consistency. Cranberry sauce is used to thicken the water and turkey blend. In case you are making the meal for an older baby, you may require more than ¼ cup of the cranberry sauce to thicken it.

Baked Acorn Squash

You can’t ask for a better meal to act as a “side dish” for your child’s Thanksgiving diner. Squash is an exemplary vegetable to introduce to your baby as a delicious and nutritious source of vitamins and calcium. Butternut and acorn squash are ideal choices for babies learning to eat first foods.  

Ingredients:

  • 2 small acorn squash.
  • ¼ teaspoon of cinnamon
  • 2 tablespoons of applesauce

Directions:

  • Cut each acorn squash into halves then scoop the seeds out.
  • Divide the cinnamon and juice among the 4 halves then cover them with aluminum foil.
  • Place the halves in a baking dish and bake them at 375° Fahrenheit for about an hour or until they become tender.
  • Once the squash is cooled, peel off the foil and scrape out the insides of it and place in a food processor or blender.
  • Blend it until it is smooth and creamy.

Pureed Baked Sweet Potatoes

This is another delightful side dish for your baby to enjoy at a Thanksgiving dinner or with any meal. 

Ingredients: All you need is one sweet potato, although you can spice it up a little with a dash of cinnamon or nutmeg (or both)!

Directions:

  • Slice the sweet potato into slices that are 1 inch thick.
  • Steam the pieces over boiling water for 10 minutes until they become soft. You can test whether they are soft enough by sticking a fork through the slices.
  • Put some of the warm sweet potato in a food processor or blender together with a tablespoon of water.
  • Keep on adding a tablespoon at a time until it becomes a smooth puree. 

Pureed Pumpkin Delight

What better treat to top off a Thanksgiving meal than with a delicious pumpkin pie? Here’s a tasty treat you can serve up to your baby as a delicious dessert.

Ingredients:

  • One small ‘pie’ pumpkin (5-8 pounds)
  • Water
  • Cinnamon
  • Nutmeg
  • Ginger
  • A small dash of vanilla

Directions:

Cut the pumpkin in half and remove the seeds. Fill a baking pan with 1-2 inches of water and place pumpkin halves face down. Bake at 375-425° Fahrenheit for approximately 40 minutes to an hour. Scrape out the pumpkin into a blender or food processor. Puree with water and spices, adding a tablespoon of water as needed to desired consistency.

Be sure to immediately freeze any unused portion of these recipes that won’t be eaten within a day or two. They freeze very well and are great to feed your baby at any time. You should always consult with your child’s pediatrician regarding concerns with introducing foods or if your baby appears to have a food allergy.

Do you have any favorite traditional dishes your family serves up for the Holidays? Share your ideas for even more tasty baby food recipes for Thanksgiving.

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