It’s the most wonderful time of the year, and folks, it’s no secret that we’re about to become knee-deep in turkey. We know you’ll already have that side of your Christmas menu well and truly covered, so we’re not here to talk turkey. We’ve done our research and come up with five festive feasts, all free from fowl-play this Christmas. Okay, enough with the turkey puns! If you’re looking for simple, healthy and not to mention yummy weaning recipes for your baby this festive season, you’ve come to the right place.

Using fresh and whole ingredients, you can prepare, steam, blend and cook in no time at all with these recipes from Your Baby’s First Foods cookbook by Béaba. The book is jam-packed full of 80 delicious recipes for babies aged four to 24 months of age.

We’ve hand selected our favourite meal ideas for babies to enjoy this winter, featuring a variety of different tastes and textures for your baby to experience for the first time. And yes, we’re proud to be bucking the trend and ditching the turkey in favour of some flavour!

Grated Courgette, Cod, Parmesan Cheese

Suitable from: 7-8 months
Preparation time: 5 minutes
Cooking time: 15 minutes

Ingredients:

  • One half a courgette
  • 10g cod fillet
  • 1 teaspoon olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon grated Parmesan
  • cheese (from 9 months)

Method:

Wash the courgette under running water and grate it with a cheese grater. Put the grated courgette into the pasta/rice cooker, place the cod on top, then fill the water reservoir to level 3. Cook for 15 minutes.

Up to 9 months: When cooked, put everything into the blender and blend with the olive oil to a smooth puree.

For older children, from 9 months: Place the cooked food on a plate, break up the cod into small pieces, and serve with a little grated Parmesan cheese.

Green Asparagus, Tarragon

Suitable from: 13 months
Preparation time: 5 minutes
Cooking time: 10 minutes

Ingredients:

  • 6 asparagus spears
  • 8 tarragon leaves
  • ó teaspoon lemon juice
  • 1 to 2 teaspoons olive oil
  • Salt

Method:

Wash and peel the asparagus, then remove the hard part of the spears. Cut the asparagus into pieces. Put into the steamer basket, fill the water reservoir to level 2, and cook for 10 minutes with a pinch of salt.

Put into the blender with the tarragon, lemon juice, and olive oil and blend to a smooth soup.

Chef’s tip: Sprinkle cooked asparagus tips over the soup to give your baby something new to chew

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Mango and Basil

Suitable for: from 9-12 months
Preparation time: 5 minutes

Ingredients:

  • 1 mango
  • 1 sprig basil

Method:

Peel the mango and cut up the flesh. Wash and dry the basil leaves. Put the mango and basil leaves into the blender without adding water and blend to a smooth puree.

Serve cool.

For younger babies, from 7 to 8 months, put the mango and basil into the steamer basket, fill the water reservoir to level 2, and cook for 10 minutes before blending.

Cherry and Almond Milk Granita

Suitable from: 13 months
Preparation time: 5 minutes
Resting time: Overnight

Ingredients:

  • 6 handfuls Burlat cherries
  • 2 tablespoons almond milk
  • 2 tablespoons growing-up milk

Method:

The previous day, wash, dry, and pit the cherries. Put two handfuls into the blender and blend until smooth. Strain the juice through a conical strainer and freeze the juice overnight.

The next day, put the remaining cherries into the blender, pour in the almond milk and growing-up milk, and blend until smooth. Add a little water to the mixture if it is too thick, then strain through a conical strainer.

Remove the cherry granita from of the freezer and scrape it with a fork. Serve in a bowl over the cherrymilk mixture.

Chocolate Pear

Suitable from: 13 months
Preparation time: 5 minutes
Cooking time: 10 minutes

Ingredients:

  • 1 large cooking pear
  • 10g chocolate

Method:

Peel and core the pear, then cut the flesh into small dice. Put the dice into the steamer basket, fill the water reservoir to level 2, and cook for 10 minutes.

Meanwhile, use a vegetable peeler to grate large flakes of chocolate. When the pear is cooked, drain and blend it coarsely to a thick, lumpy coulis. Pour the coulis into a bowl and add the chocolate. Mix until it has melted well and serve.

The Beaba Babycook Neo

The 80 recipes in Béaba’s My First Food book have been designed with the brilliant Beaba Babycook in mind. If you’re looking to invest in a mean weaning machine, the Beaba Babycook Neo is a fabulous choice.

The 4-in-1 Babycook Neo is a super-stylish babyfood maker that steams, blends, defrosts and heats. The Neo is available in Midnight Blue & Rose Gold (our favourite) and White and Grey. We love that it’s an eco-warrier of a product, using much less energy that most kitchen appliances – it even turns itself off when food is cooked.

You can prepare so much more food in one go with the Babycook Neo’s huge glass bowl and stainless steel steam basket. There’s a unique blend feature and choice of four consistency settings so you’re able to easily customise your baby’s meals based on their age and stage. Create chunke purées and thicker textures as tastes and teeth mature.

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About The Author

Ellie Thompson
Editor & Blogger

Editor of My Baba and blogger. Currently on the IVF journey, documenting the process step-by step in addition to exploring how to prepare your body for pregnancy, what foods we should be eating, and any technique going that will lead to that positive pregnancy result!

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