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Just like that it’s November, and you know what that means? Thanksgiving is right around the corner. I truly enjoy Thanksgiving and it’s my favorite holiday of them all. It is uniquely American, and each family celebrates with their own traditions and recipes. Living in NYC, we choose to eat our Thanksgiving meal out at a restaurant. The food might not be made in our own kitchen, but the signature dishes of turkey, vegetables and potatoes are still the same.
Thanksgiving dinner

Thanksgiving is a great time spent with family and friends, giving thanks for all our blessings in the past year, big and small. The weather is still enjoyable and you can eat until you are stuffed, then eat more. The table is filled with an assortment of dishes to please everyone at the table – including baby.

Thanksgiving NYC

Your baby doesn’t have to be left out when it comes to the traditional holiday meals. With Beech-Nut, you can feed your baby a full Thanksgiving feast with blends like just pumpkin, just sweet potatoes, just apple & green beans and butternut squash & sweet corn. There are also ways to incorporate meat by using the Steamed Turkey & Pears recipe featured below. If you put this all together, it’s a Thanksgiving meal for your baby just like the one that’ll be on your plate.

Thanksgiving beechnut

Find these jars for your baby’s Thanksgiving feast at a store close to you: http://www.beechnut.com/find/.

It is so important for our family to have a healthy eating lifestyle, and what we fed our kids when they were babies helped to build a healthy foundation for them right from the start. We also enjoy building the holiday tradition foundations for them and Thanksgiving teaches them values while also creating lasting memories with family.

My Strange Family Thanksgiving

Beech-Nut cares about the nutrients baby is getting as well as the more touching, memorable moments that come along with starting to feed your baby solids. It’s built-in time to laugh and be with one another. Baby’s first mealtimes can be a unique bonding experience just like Thanksgiving. Beech-Nut offers parents a reliable online resource to help parents introduce solid foods to baby. It’s called Beech-Nut’s Guide to What Baby Eats Now and can be found on the company’s blog.

Here are some steps to making baby’s first mealtimes memorable and successful throughout the year:

  • Wait for a good mood
  • Limit distractions
  • Expect a mess
  • Practice eye contact and smile
  • Ditch the “one more bite” mentality
  • Follow your baby’s cues
  • Start family meals early
  • Keep portions small

Here’s an amazing meal to make for your Beech-Nut baby:

Steamed Turkey & Pears

Ingredients:

  • 2 pears, peeled and seeded
  • 1 turkey breast, skinless, boneless diced in 1-inch cubes
  • Water for steaming

Directions:

  • Set steamer basket inside pot filled with 4 cups of water. Place lid on pot and boil water.
  • Once water is boiling add pears 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 pears.
  • Blend the turkey and pears, adding more hot water if needed for a smoother consistency. Puree the mixture until completely smooth.

This post was sponsored by Beech-Nut but all opinions expressed here are my own.

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