Get Ahead Christmas Dinner for your baby-Two Ways!
If you’ve followed me for a while or been to my Baby Weaning Class, you’ll know that I’m a big fan of adapting family meals for your baby rather than cooking separate dishes. But with the best will in the world sometimes it pays to get ahead!!!
Ever since I discovered Jamie Oliver’s ‘Get ahead gravy’ I’ve been a convert to the idea of prepping for Christmas in advance. In fact,the year I was due my third son on the 17th December I took planning to the max making Christmas Eve dinner in October!
I’m not saying you need to be that organised. But both of these recipes can be cooked, in the freezer and ready to reheat on Dec 25th. Or any other day you like! This way your baby gets to enjoy all the same Christmas flavours, but there’s no getting out the blender or modifying the salt content on the big day itself. And if you’re lucky maybe someone else is even doing cooking your dinner for you!
Not better, or worse, just different!
I don’t believe it pitting one weaning approach against the other. There are pros and cons to both spoon-feeding and baby led weaning and we currently don’t have any evidence to support one over the other. In my opinion a combined approach works really well and is what most national weaning guidelines advise. So, pick which approach suits you and your baby on the day or do both! Both options are served with a green vegetable and a mulled chia jam for dessert. If your baby has a good ‘pincer grip’ you can offer a veggie like steamed sprouts cut into quarters, for a younger baby who needs a graspable finger food offer something bigger like steamed broccoli,
- 200g turkey mince
- Handful of frozen onions (I love these because they’re just so handy but by all means chop your own!)
- Small onion
- Small parsnip
- 1/4 tsp thyme
- 250mls very low salt chicken stock or water (for the puree only!)
- 30g instant oat cereal/Ready Brek (for the baby led weaning only!)
Option 1- Spoon-feeding
Brown the mince in a little oil. Remove and cook the carrot, parsnip and onion until soft. Add the mince back in along with the stock and thyme. Cook until everything is nice and soft (about 20 mins). Leave the texture or it is or puree a little if you need to.
Option 2- Baby-Led Weaning
Saute the veggies in a little oil until soft. Once cooled, add to the turkey mince along with the instant oats and the thyme. Then roll into whatever shape takes your fancy or whichever will be easist for your baby to grasp. Try meatballs, burgers or sausage shapes like I did. Fry until cooked through. Alternatively pop into the oven at 180C for about 20 mins.
Whether your baby’s First Christmas Dinner is an adaptation of your family dinner, one of the above options or something entirely different, a very Merry Christmas from me and everyone at Solid Start (wait, that’s just me too!).
You’ll find more information on starting weaning here. I also offer virtual weaning consultations and Baby Weaning Classes so you can get off to a Solid Start.