‘Tis the Seasonings!
Just a quick post to talk about the upcoming Thanksgiving holiday. I’m still building my site here, but I wanted to make sure to post some thoughts about making Thanksgiving tasty for the littlest butterballs in our lives.
That would be babies, not turkeys.
As adults we are lucky to enjoy the all the flavors and spices of the season. Turkeys are rubbed down with savory herbed butters. Rosemary, thyme and sage play prominent roles in seasoning everything from turkeys, to stuffings to gravies. Nutmeg and cinnamon are wonderful warming spices used in sweet potatoes, yams and pumpkin pies.
How can we bring these flavors to our babies and toddlers?
You might be thinking they are too young for such tastes, but I assure you they are not. Thanksgiving is the perfect time of year to introduce your little one to different seasonings and ingredients. The idea is to use, for lack of a better word, baby steps. A pinch of this or a pinch of that is all you need. In fact, each holiday or family feast should be looked at as an opportunity to broaden your babies’ taste buds. As I will discuss in future posts, baby taste buds need to be nurtured from the start. Feeding baby a diverse array of seasonings from the moment they can enjoy solids will enable them to appreciate a wider variety of foods as they get older.
Take this time of year to share these flavors with your baby and toddler. Here are some quick and easy ideas for your little ones (for full recipes hop over to the recipe page):
Babies (6 months and up):
Sweet Potato and Cinnamon Purée
Nutmeg Sweet Potatoes
Rosemary Mashed Potatoes
Carrot or Parsnip Purée with Sage
Curried Carrot Purée
For Toddlers (12 months and up):
Since toddlers can eat a wider variety of textures, be sure to introduce them to the above spices via your regular Thanksgiving table food. Stuffing and potatoes are obvious favorites. It’s ok, and actually encouraged, to give your toddler tastes of full-seasoned dishes. If your little one refuses, don’t give up! Remember, it can take 10-15 tries before a baby/toddler starts to like the taste of a particular seasoning or ingredient. Experiment and have fun.