Thanksgiving Day is celebrated each year as a secular holiday. The Plymouth colonists and the Indians of Wampanoag shared a feast in the autumn of 1621. In 1863, during the Civil War, however President Lincoln proclaimed Thanksgiving Day to be held in November each year. This holiday is celebrated mainly in the United States and Canada. On the fourth Thursday of November, it is celebrated in the United States and every second Monday of October in Canada. Usually this holiday is clubbed with a weekend, extending the holiday for festivities and celebrations. Thanksgiving is usually associated with good food, football and the holiday spirit. Turkey, mashed potatoes, cranberry sauce and cider are the things that are related to this holiday. Family and friends are invited over for a holiday feast, to celebrate and indulge in laughter and games. But at times like this, we seldom think about our little ones! Why leave them out of the family celebrations? With a few of these baby's first Thanksgiving recipes, you can involve your children in the Thanksgiving feast too!
If you are making mashed potatoes for the rest of the family, keep some aside for the little ones. Potatoes are a good source of fiber and mashed potatoes are easy to swallow and digest for the younger ones. For those who have already started eating solids, soft boiled pieces of potatoes would be just great! Sweet potatoes are also another option. These are nutritious and taste great! Leave out the seasoning for the children. Mash them up and make a puree for the babies, and for those who can self feed serve a chunkier version.
All you have to do with this vegetable is puree it! You can also mix some extremely finely chopped turkey and serve it for babies. For the ones that are a little older, nine months and above, add some cinnamon or cloves to the puree and serve. Or you could boil or steam the pumpkin and make a little meal out of it.
You are going to roast that turkey for your guests, but before you add the gravy, save a bit if turkey for the babies. Cut the turkey into little pieces or use a blender or food processor to make sure it's finely chopped. This is best for babies who have already started eating solids, mostly for those who are seven months and older.
Apples are sweet and taste amazing. For young ones, six months plus, this could be a delicious dessert. Peel an apple and core it. Dunk it in a pot with water and bring it to boil. Make sure that the apple has boiled through and through. Take the apple out and puree it in a blender. For toddlers who are used to eating solid foods, add cinnamon or cloves for flavor.
For those little ones who are six months and over, strings beans are great! Just puree them and serve. For those a little older, boil the beans well till it is very soft and cut them up into small pieces so that they are easy to eat.
Your little one is bound to enjoy this yummy food. Enhance their joy and of course, taste buds this year by taking them into consideration when it comes to your menu. They might just love the change and they will surely feel like a part of the Thanksgiving dinner.