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Weaning: 5 Christmas Baby Food Recipes

Health experts recommend that babies start taking solid food at 6 months. So if you’ve started your little one’s weaning journey, you may be thinking about how to make their first Christmas Dinner a festive one. We’ve got 5 Christmas Baby Food Recipes for you to try, along with some useful weaning tips.

Here are some top tips to get you started:

  1. Weaning is messy, so make sure you have lots of muslin cloths and a damp washcloth for quick and easy clean-ups
  2. Start by putting a little of the food on your baby’s dish. Let them investigate it. They might even taste it. This will make it easier when introducing the first spoonful.
  3. Wait until your little one is calm and receptive to trying something new. If they’re tired or fractious, it’s not going to happen.
  4. Babies have tiny tummies so try a few spoonfuls at a time. Watch for cues like turning their head away or avoiding the spoon that will indicate they’re full.
  5. Offer a little water with their food.
  6. If at first they don’t like a certain food, try it again in a couple of days. Acquiring new tastes takes time.

5 Christmas Baby Food Recipes

Make your baby’s first Christmas Dinner special with some festive baby food recipes. Start with a spiced apple puree for breakfast, then it’s on to the main event! (recipes 2-5 from Mummy Cooks)

1. Spiced Apple Puree

Spice up apple fruit puree and tickle your baby’s taste buds by adding a festive pinch of Nutmeg and Cinnamon. 

Suitable for first weaning from 6 months – yummy!

2. Christmas Stuffing For Baby

Make the holiday season more baby-friendly with this stuffing. This recipe is a great finger food for your weaning tot and it tastes delicious dipped into our Baby Gravy (recipe below). It’s great for Christmas but also perfect all year round as a tasty baby led weaning snack.


Cook time: 15-20 minutes
Makes: 4-5 Adult portions

Ingredients
4 slices bread
knob of no-salt butter
1 small onion, finely chopped
1 stick celery, finely chopped
pinch of freshly ground black pepper
pinch of parsley
pinch of thyme
30ml no-salt chicken stock

Method

  1. Place the bread, parsley and thyme in food processor and process until you have fine breadcrumbs.
  2. Melt the butter in a pan and saute the onion and celery.
  3. Place the onion and celery in a bowl with the breadcrumbs and herbs. Add the pepper and stock and mix well.
  4. Grease a small oven-proof dish and spoon in the stuffing mixture.
  5. Bake with the rest of the Christmas dinner for around 15-20 mins, until golden brown on top

3. Baby Gravy

Note: No babies were harmed in the making of this gravy! 😉 Most gravies are high in salt and unsuitable for babies. This baby-friendly recipe involves making a chicken stock and thickening it to make a gravy suitable for your weaning little one. Ideal as a dip for finger foods such as chopped vegetables or Christmas Stuffing for Baby.

Cook time: 20 minutes
Makes: 4 Adult portions

Ingredients
4-6 boneless, skinless chicken thighs
1 small carrot, sliced
1/2 onion, roughly chopped
1 celery stalk, roughly chopped
1 bay leaf
baby rice

Method

  1. Place vegetables and meat in a small pan and pour over water to cover the meat.
  2. Bring to the boil, then reduce the heat and simmer for 10 minutes (or until the chicken is cooked through).
  3. Strain the stock into a bowl. Discard the bay leaf, vegetables and chicken.
  4. To thicken, add some baby rice.

4. Brussel Sprout and Pea Puree

Brussels Sprouts are a food kids love to hate but if introduced early in the weaning stage, your baby is more likely to accept the taste. Packed full of antioxidants, this purée is the perfect baby food for your little one. Offer as a dip for finger foods such as Homemade Oatcakes.

Brussels sprouts are in season during winter and spring; buy them at this time as they’re fresh and taste better! Choose smaller sprouts as larger ones can be bitter and unpleasant tasting. Reject any with yellow or loose leaves, or leaves that are not tightly packed.

Cook time: 10 minutes
Makes: 6 x 60ml/2oz portions

Ingredients
15 small Brussels sprouts
100g peas, fresh or frozen
3 sprigs flat leaf parsley, chopped

Method

  1. Remove the outer leaves from the sprouts and cut off the base.
  2. Prepare your steamer and add the sprouts. 
  3. After about 10 minutes, add the peas and parsley and cook until just tender.
  4. Drain and pulse the vegetables in a food processor until smooth. Add cooking water to help blend, if needed.
  5. Store portions in your weaning pots and freeze extras for future use. 

5. Turkey Potato and Veggie Bites

Super easy and healthy finger food for baby led weaning. Mashed potatoes,
turkey, broccoli, and cheese rolled into a delicious appetizer style bite.

Ingredients

650 g 2 cups mashed potato
180 g 1 1/2 cups leftover turkey
½ head broccoli steamed and finely chopped
Small bunch fresh parsley finely chopped
½ cup grated cheddar cheese
4 spring onions finely chopped
Black pepper to season
2 eggs
100 g 2 cups wholegrain brown bread crumbs
1 tsp sweet paprika
4 tablespoons rapeseed oil

Method

Pre-heat oven to 180ºC/350ºF
Add the mashed potato, turkey, broccoli, parsley, cheese, spring onions and pepper to a bowl and mix well. Beat the eggs then add to the mixture making sure it is well combined.
Use an ice cream scoop to divide the mixture then shape into balls using your hands.
In a separate bowl, mix together the breadcrumbs and paprika, then take each ball and dip into the crumbs until covered.
Take a baking sheet lined with parchment paper, then drizzle over the rapeseed oil. Place the balls onto the tray and roll until they are coated in the oil.
Bake in the oven for 20 minutes until crispy all round.

Wishing you and your little one a simply delicious Christmas!

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