Christmas cooking tip: Remember to be mindful of the salt content of your family’s food over the holidays. Gravy, stock, sauces and also the delicious Christmas ham can contain quite a high amount of salt. Before you add salt, sugar, butter or gravy to any of the saucepans of food, take your baby’s portion out first.
Brussels Sprouts and Carrot Puree
It may not sound like the most pleasant dish as many people love to hate this little green veg but, brussels sprouts are rich in vitamins and anti-oxidants and of course in season, meaning they are fresh and taste even better!
You will see brussels sprouts all over the vegetable aisles at this time of year so why not try the nutritious greens with your little one.
15 small brussels sprouts (smaller size tend to taste better)
2-3 chopped carrots
fresh chopped herbs
- Remove the outer leaves from the sprouts and cut off the base.
- Bring a pot of water to the boil and add the carrots and sprouts until just tender (this will take approx 7 mins).
- Just before the sprouts are cooked, add the peas and herbs to the boiling water and cook until just tender.
- Drain and puree the vegetables in a blender until smooth and to the age appropriate texture for your little festive foodie.
Baby’s Christmas Dinner
- 1tbsp vegetable oil
- 150g turkey breast
- 1 Sweet potato
- 1 Carrot
- 1 Parsnip
- 5/6 Brussels sprouts
- Peel and chop carrot, parsnip and sweet potato and prepare the brussels sprouts.
- Using a steamer over boiling water (or a pan with just enough water to cover veg) cover and cook for around 10 to 15 mins until tender.
- Remove from heat and drain the majority of the water.
- Cut turkey into chunks and fry in a little oil until cooked through.
- Blend the turkey and vegetables together until smooth consistency adding some cooking liquid (from the vegetables) to achieve the right consistency.
- To introduce a little extra festive flavour – try adding a teaspoon of cranberry sauce and mix through.
Baby’s Christmas Dessert – Apple & Cinnamon
Apples and cinnamon is a delicious combination for the whole family. This is a basic recipe of which you can add many ingredients to if you’re feeling creative. For your baby and toddler however it contains enough yummy flavours and can be blended into a puree or simply stewed until the fruit has softened.
- 1 apple
- 1 cup water
- Sprinkle of cinnamon
- Peel, core and cut the apple into little chunks. Bring a cup of water to boil in a small saucepan and add the apple.
- Turn the heat down a little and cook until soft, (approx 10 mins).
- Puree until smooth if desired adding a little extra water if required. Sprinkle cinnamon into the puree and stir to combine the flavours – delicious!