Thanksgiving Recipes for Babies

Thanksgiving recipes for baby
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Depending on the age of your baby, there are many different flavors and textures that can offer your baby a wholesome meal on this special holiday. 

This will be the first Thanksgiving we have had a baby who will not be old enough to eat at least parts of the Thanksgiving meal. With our first two children, we enjoyed preparing turkey and sweet potatoes in a way they could safely eat. Since Ryker is just five months and not yet sitting up independently, I plan on putting him in his high chair and letting him explore a few of the foods with his hands.  If your baby is starting to learn how to eat table food, why not include him or her in the turkey day meal?  

From the main course to the side dishes, here are just a few recipes that you can create for your baby.  

Age:  Six to Seven Months

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Sweet Potato Puree

Ingredients: 

  • 1 small sweet potato
  • 1/2 cup of water, diluted apple juice, breast milk, or formula
  • unsalted butter or olive oil

Directions:

1. Wash the potato. Rub with olive oil or butter.

2. Oven: Bake in the oven at 400 degrees for 30 to 50 minutes  until fork tender. Microwave: Pierce potato with a fork in 3 to 4 places. Microwave on high heat 8 to 10 minutes, until fork tender.

3. Let the potato cool then peel and chop into chunks.

4. Place chopped pieces in a blender with 1/2 cup of liquid and puree until smooth.

Age: 8 to 9 Months

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Turkey Apple Compote

Ingredients: 

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  • 1 to 2 oz turkey breast (white meat)
  • 1 sweet apple
  • 1 tsp cinnamon

 Directions: 

1.  Prepare the apple by washing, peeling, coring and cutting into small pieces.  

2. Place apple into sauce pan and cover with water. Bring the water to a boil. 

3. Once boiling, reduce the heat to low, cover and simmer for about 10 minutes. Once the apple is soft remove from heat and allow the mixture to cool.

4. Chop turkey into small pieces.

5. Place turkey, apple, and cinnamon into blender and puree.

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Green Bean Goodness

Ingredients:

  • 1/4 to 1/2 cup green beans
  • 1/2 cup water or breast milk
  • 1 teaspoon olive oil or unsalted butter

 Directions:

1.  Wash and cut the green beans into thin strips. 

2.  Steam green beans in microwave or on stovetop, cooking about five minutes until fork tender. 

3.  Allow the beans to cool and then puree in a blender with butter or olive oil.

Age: 10 months + 

spoon feeding baby
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Potato and Lentil Smoosh

Ingredients:

  • 1/8 cup cooked lentils
  • 1/2 cooked baked potato
  • 2 tablespoons breastmilk or water
  • 2 teaspoons parmesan cheese

 Directions:

1.  Cook lentils and potatoes as you normally would. 

2.  Mash the potatoes and lentils together, mixing in the breastmilk or water for a creamier consistency.

3.  Place in microwave safe dish and sprinkle on the parmesan cheese.  Warm up the mixture in the microwave  for 30 seconds .

Age: 12 months +

baby eating sweet potato and turkey
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Turkey Delight

Ingredients

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  • 1-2 pieces of cooked white meat turkey
  • 1/2 cup peeled and cubed winter squash
  • 1/2 cup peeled and cubed sweet potato
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil

Directions:

1. Place cubed squash and sweet potato on cookie sheet and cover with olive oil. Bake in the oven at 400 degrees for 30 to 50 minutes  until fork tender.

2. Cut squash, sweet potato, and turkey into bite sized pieces and place together in a bowl.

3.  Sprinkle with a dash of sage and serve.

How will you celebrate your baby's first Thanksgiving holiday?  

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Thanksgiving Recipes for Babies

Mindi is a working mom with three boys ages 4, 2, and an infant (born June 2013). She spent her first 8 years of her career in Speech-Language Pathology at a Children's Hospital. She currently works with adults and children in home health. The real fun for her happens when she is at home with her boys, chasing them around and pretending to be a super hero. She blogs about life as a working mom at Simply Stavish. Her weekly feature, Words in the Sand, teaches parents how to grow their child's s ... More

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3 comments

  1. Amanda says:

    Can’t wait to try them

  2. these are great, can’t wait to try these

  3. Ian says:

    We are very thankful to be expecting a baby soon.

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