Christmas is almost here! You don’t want your baby to miss out Christmas, but usually the lavish meals are not suitable for babies. Don’t fret, here are some meal ideas so baby won’t feel left out.

1. Pancakes

Source: Happy Family Organics

This is one for Christmas morning. You can make them the day before and heat them up on Christmas day too!

Ingredients:

  • 50g plain flour
  • 25g self-raising flour
  • Half teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 egg
  • 75ml full-fat milk
  • 1 teaspoon sugar
  • Pinch cinnamon

Instructions:

1. Place all the ingredients in a food processor and blend until smooth.
2. Heat a thick-based pan and lightly wipe with oil.
3. Use a dessertspoon to pour baby pancakes into the pan. Heat gently on one side, turning once lightly browned.
4. Repeat until all the batter is used up.
5. Serve with soft cheese, butter or a little fruit spread.

2. Turkey

Get your baby some baby-friendly turkey! Take note though, only babies older than 7 months are recommended to have solid food.

Ingredients:

  • 1 large turkey slice
  • 1 cooked potato
  • 1 medium cooked carrot
  • 2 cooked broccoli florets

Instructions:

For turkey

  1. Blend the turkey in a food processor with water or homemade stock until fairly thin.
  2. Then add the potato (which will thicken the mixture) and the remaining veggies and puree to the desired consistency.
  3. Older babies, already comfortable with finger foods, can be given this meal cut up into bite-sized pieces.

For gravy

  1. Take 4 oz (about 1/2 cup) of the cooked veggies and puree with 8 to 12 fl oz (around 1 to 1/2 cups) of meat juice from the pan.

3. Brussels sprout and pee puree

Source: Kahakai Kitchen

The puree is packed with antioxidants and will provide a healthy yet yummy meal for baby.

Ingredients:

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

Instructions:

  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.

4. Salmon and yoghurt couscous

Going for seafood instead of turkey? Opt for this recipe then.

Ingredients:

  • 50g couscous
  • 140ml boiling water
  • 1 small skinned salmon fillet, checked for bones
  • 1 tablespoon peas
  • 1 tablespoon plain yoghurt

Instructions:

  1. Pour boiling water over the couscous and allow to stand until the water has been absorbed.
  2. Cook the salmon, allow to cool slightly. Check again for bones.
  3. Meanwhile cook the peas.
  4. Place the couscous, peas and salmon in food processor and add the yoghurt.
  5. Blend until smooth.

5. Berry fool

Source: Dr Jockers

As dessert, serve this pink pudding for baby!

Ingredients:

  • 100g fresh strawberries or raspberries
  • 25g sugar
  • 2 tablespoons cornflour
  • 200ml full-fat milk

Instructions:

1. Wash the cranberries and place in a small saucepan.
2. Add the sugar and heat gently, stirring frequently until the berries are soft.
3. Make a thick sauce with the cornflour and milk.
4. Puree the berries and, if your baby doesn’t like seeds, pass through a sieve.
5. Spoon into small containers and chill.

Sources: Homemade Baby Food Recipes, Mummy Cooks, Baby Center.

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