First Christmas Dinner & Festive Recipes

Christmas day is usually very busy, especially if you’re trying to get dinner organised while also looking after your little one! The last thing you need to be worrying about over the festive season is prepping purees for your baby so why not use the food you will be preparing anyway, and give your little one a taste of their very first Christmas dinner. How exciting!

Depending on the stage of weaning  that you and your little one are at, your baby can have most of what you’re having for Christmas dinner. Just remember to put aside a portion before adding any salt or butter, and only use the white meat of the turkey such as the breast, making sure to remove any skin. Also take out some carrots, parsnips, spuds, brussel sprouts and any other vegetables that are on the menu. These can all be used to make vegetable purees and if your baby eats meat you can mix these in with turkey. If they are in the early stages of weaning try something simple like a turkey and potato puree. If they are a little further along you can be a bit more adventurous, add in some homemade cranberry sauce or try brussel sprouts.

The day will be busy so maybe feed your little one their dinner first before you are getting ready to have your own so that you don’t have to rush it (and you may even get to enjoy it in peace). If they are old enough for finger foods, give them a few soft vegetable sticks or chunks or some chopped up turkey breast to keep them entertained and involved during the meal.

Making up Christmas baby purees is also a great way to use up some of those Christmas leftovers! Make up large batches and freeze some in an ice cube tray. Not only will you be using up the leftovers but these will be really handy to have prepared when the hectic New Year arrives.

Baby’s first Christmas Dinner

From 6 months, makes 2 servings 

Ingredients:

  • 1 medium parsnip, peeled and chopped
  • 1 medium potato, peeled and chopped
  • 50g cooked turkey breast, chopped

Method: 

  1. Add the chopped vegetables into a pan of boiling water and cook until tender.
  2. Drain and mash the vegetables then add in the chopped turkey.
  3. Puree to desired consistency adding some of baby’s usual milk or water if the mixture is too thick.

 

 

Festive puree (great way to use up the leftovers)

From 6 months, makes 2 servings

Ingredients: 

  • 80g cooked turkey breast, chopped
  • 4 brussels sprouts, leaves removed and base cut off
  • 1 medium potato, peeled and chopped
  • 1 small carrot, chopped
  • 3 tbsp of baby’s usual milk or water

Method:

  1. Add the potato and parsnip to a pan of boiling water, after about 5 minutes add the Brussels sprouts and cook until tender.
  2. Drain and mash the veg and add in the chopped turkey.
  3. Puree to desired consistency and stir in the water or milk adding more if needed.

 

 

Festive stewed Apple puree:

Ingredients

  • 1 apple, peeled and cored
  • 2 tsp Baby’s usual milk (if needed)

Method

  1. Wash and peel the apple.
  2. Cut into quarters, remove core and seeds and chop into small pieces.
  3. Place in a saucepan, cover with water and cook very gently on a low heat for 5 minutes, stirring occasionally.
  4. Remove from heat, drain, allow to cool slightly and blend to desired consistency. Add a few teaspoons of milk if a runnier consistency is required.