The family meal is an important part of holidays in our home. It’s the time when we all gather,
dig in and really enjoy our time with one another. At both Thanksgiving and Christmas we often reflect on the year, the accomplishments and funny moments, and what we are thankful for. At last year’s Thanksgiving I was just days away from having Max. Looking at this photo I can’t believe how much has happened and how fast the year has gone by! I’m so excited to have Max right there in his high chair with us this year.
And just because he is a baby, doesn’t mean that he can’t enjoy a similar holiday dinner with us.
We love having Max at the dinner table, and this is especially true for holidays. After all, we need to make sure he makes it into the annual family selfie!
Thankfully, Beech-Nut® has a ton of great baby food blends like just pumpkin and just sweet potatoes that are perfect for his holiday meals. That way we can all enjoy similar foods together! After all, I want Max to not only get his protein but also fully experience the holidays!
Steamed Turkey & Carrots
2 cups carrots, peeled and cut into small pieces (or use baby carrots already peeled)
½ turkey breast, skinless, boneless diced in 1-inch cubes
Water for steaming
*Note: To shorten preparation time you can use 2 jars of Beech-Nut’s just carrots puree.
Also, you can often find already oven- roasted turkey breasts at your grocery store deli.
- Set steamer basket inside pot filled with 4 cups of water. Place lid on pot and boil water.
- Once water is boiling add carrots to steamer and steam for 10-15 minutes, until softened and can be easily pierced with fork. Remove from pot and set aside.
- Add diced turkey to the steamer, adding more water to the pot if needed. Steam for 25 minutes until well cooked.
- Remove turkey from the steamer and place in a food processor along with the carrots.
- Blend the carrots and turkey, adding more hot water if needed for a smoother consistency. Puree the mixture until smooth.
It’s so nice knowing that Max can be there right along with us this holiday season. And sure it may get a little messy, but we often just follow -up with bath time and jammies. Here are some more steps to making baby’s first mealtimes memorable and successful throughout the year (featured in Beech-Nut’s Guide to What Baby Eats Now):
- Wait for a good mood
- Limit distractions
- Expect a mess (sometimes Max just decides it’s a hands- only kind of meal!)
- Practice eye contact and smile
- Ditch the “one more bite” mentality
- Follow your baby’s cues
- Start family meals early
- Keep portions small
I know feeding time can be tricky. Sometimes I just get stumped on what or how to feed Max. Luckily I’ve had Beech-Nut’s Guide to What Baby Eats Now and the Beech-Nut blog to help me along the way. I highly recommend you check them out as you transition your little ones! And here’s to a great holiday season with the entire family around the table!
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