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How To Cook Up A Baby-Friendly Christmas Dinner

How To Cook Up A Baby-Friendly Christmas Dinner

Take the heat out of the kitchen with these tot-friendly Crimbo food tips…

You may have started the weaning process or have a mini foodie on your hands. But wherever your baby is on the feeding journey, just how do you serve them at Christmas? We’ve pulled together the best tips so your baby can join in with minimal fuss for you.

Add some spice

There's no better time than Christmas to broaden his taste and start nurturing your tiny foodie. Nutmeg, cinnamon and rosemary are great ways to introducing spice to small people. But remember, any foods with too much heat can a recipe for disaster. Stick to mild seasoning and keep a pot of yoghurt in the fridge for when he gets sniffy about new flavours and you need to dilute the taste.

To sprout or not to sprout

We get it, sprouts are really good for us, but no amount of bribery is getting it past his lips. Go Mary Poppins on his purée by adding some natural sugar for a stealth health boost. Blend sprouts with your roasted parsnips, keeping the ratio of parsnips higher to mask the bitter taste.

Turkey troubleshooter

We've all been there, your turkey's turned out as dry as a Jacob’s cream cracker and unlike nice auntie Nicola, the little terror won't politely pretend to like it. Use it to your advantage because when it comes to kiddie food, the more textures the better, say experts. So shred the turkey, chop up the carrots, add a dollop of crème fraîche and let him pick, play and eat. If you have older children, jump on the gravy train to moisten food, but do go easy on salt.

Make the spuds-you-like

If there's one veg you can wholly rely on to please a crowd it's potatoes – roasted, mashed, or battered – everyone loves the humble spud. Contrary to belief, they're pretty good for you and your little one, too. Potatoes are a rich source of Vitamin B, folate and minerals such as potassium, magnesium and iron. And they’ll be a sure fire hit if you mash up your roasties with a little cranberry sauce for a sweet and tangy lunch.

Have a back-up plan

But what if the worst scenario hits – he's not having any of it and with the walls are getting a more of a feeding? The last thing you need is to be hunched over the stove cooking another meal for your tot while everyone’s stuffing themselves. Don’t feel guilty for grabbing a pouch or pulling out his favourite pasta from the fridge. Why not serve with a little bread sauce or other Crimbo condiments. And if he's pining after sugary treats, it's OK to give him a little bit of cookie or muffin, it is Christmas after all...

How will you share your festive feast with your little one? Leave your comments below.

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