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A Baby Holiday Banquet

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The family is all gathered around for a nice banquet dinner to celebrate the holidays.

Why shouldn't your little man get the same 5-star treatment?

These 3 easy recipes will give him a well-rounded holiday dinner (with leftovers to boot!).

Since all these foods are freezable, make them ahead of time and freeze them in ice-cube trays. Each cube is about 2-3 Tbs of food.

Then, the night before take them out to thaw in the fridge. (Or, if you forget, you can thaw them in the microwave. Just let them cool down completely and stir well to eliminate any hot spots.)

Yes, making your baby's food at home is not as difficult as you may think. Add that to the amount of money you're saving, and you'll be hooked for life.

For more information on how to make your baby's food at home (and when he can eat certain foods), see these reviews on the most popular baby food books.

Bon Appetit!


Recipe #1: Turkey Dinner


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Ingredients

Not serving turkey? Pick up a thick slice at the deli during your grocery trip. Ham is too salty for your little baby!
  • 1 slice of leftover turkey
  • homemade stock, low-sodium chicken broth, or water
  • 1 potato, cooked
  • broccoli, peas, carrots, or other served vegetable

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Directions

In a food processor, combine the turkey and stock. Process until smooth. Add the potato (which will thicken the turkey mixture) and rest of the veggies, processing until smooth

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Age Notes...

Babies as young as 7 months can have pureed turkey. As for veggies, the potato (8 months), pureed peas (6 months), carrots (4 months), and broccoli (8 months). To see a complete list of when your baby can have specific foods, I recommend the book Super Baby Food.


Recipe #2: Fiber-Packed Cranberry Sauce


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Ingredients

A well-balanced baby meal should include something that has a good dose of fiber. Baby constipation is a chief worry for most moms. Keep your holidays worry-free by providing the fiber your baby's system needs.
  • 1 16 oz package of cranberries (fresh or frozen)
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 Tbs sugar-free, vitamin- and iron-enriched baby cereal (see age note below)
  • 3 Tbs of breast milk or formula
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Directions

Bring the water to a boil in a large pot. Add the cranberries and wait for the water to re-boil. Lower the heat and simmer until the cranberries pop open (about 15 minutes). Keep cooking until you see the skins start separating from the berry.

Drain the berries, and puree in a food processor until the desired consistency for your infant. This will be very tart, so feel free to cut the tartness with apple juice. Also, cranberries are acidic. If you see a rash around your baby's mouth or bottom after a bowel movement, plan on cutting out the cranberries from her diet for a month before re-introducing.

In a new bowl, mix the cereal and milk according to the directions. Add several Tbs of cranberry puree and milk until a smooth consistency. Freeze the leftover cranberry puree in ice cube trays for later.

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Age Notes...

Cranberries are not an official "berry" and so don't follow the 12-month-old rule. Babies as young as 9-10 months old can enjoy the tart flavors! (But pay attention to the acidic signs mentioned above!) Rice cereal is an ideal first baby food. However, babies as young as 6 months can enjoy ground up single grain cereals like brown rice, millet, or rolled oats. (Grind into a powder before cooking.) Older babies can enjoy a porridge made from a combination of any of these brain-helping, fiber boosting great grains.

Recipe #3: Non-Pie Pumpkin Pie


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Ingredients

This is such an easy recipe! Just make sure you don't use any pumpkin or sweet potato that has had honey added to it. Honey is not good for infants under 1 year old.

  • Cooked sweet potato (no honey added)
  • plain yogurt
  • nutmeg
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Directions

Mash up the pumpkin or sweet potato until smooth enough for your baby to eat (older babies can have a chunkier version). Mix in the yogurt for a healthy dairy serving and sprinkle a little nutmeg on top!

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Age Notes...

Sweet potatos can be given to babies as young as 6 months old and are a vitamin-packed excellent first food to introduce to your baby.

If there is no history of allergies in your family (not just milk allergies), you can introduce yogurt at 8 months. If allergies run in your family, you should wait until after her 1st birthday to introduce dairy products like yogurt.


On to Page Six...

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table of contents

Page 1:
Shh...Site Secrets

Page 2:
The Best Baby Bargains

Page 3:
Make Baby Reading Time,
Baby BRAIN Time

Page 4:
Holiday Games

Page 5:
A Baby Banquet

Page 6:
12 New Recall Alerts

Page 7:
Your EZ Guide to
Holiday Happiness

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