Turkey purée is a great example of food that you can cook for yourself but also share with your baby.
If you cook a roast turkey (or a chicken, the recipe is exactly the same) at the weekend, save about a cup of the clean breast meat to make into this baby meal. Perfect for little ones aged 7 months and upwards. Make sure to remove any skin (especially if you salted it), and just used the meat. It's a great way to use up leftovers. Alternatively you can buy turkey breasts and cook them yourself - poaching them is easiest, or wrapping in foil and baking until cooked through. Then you simply need to whizz up the meat and slowly add water to it to reach the right consistency for your baby.
- 1 cup cold and cooked boneless turkey - chopped into no bigger than 1 inch pieces
- ¼ cup cooking juice or plain water
- Place turkey chunks in blender or food processor and purée until a powdery mix is formed.
- Slowly add water and puree further until a smooth consistency is created.
- Add as much liquid as needed to make a consistency appropriate for your baby.
Top tip for making turkey purée
If you're using up leftovers you can add other things to the turkey purée if they are age-appropriate. Simply boiled carrots or parsnip are easy to add in. Potatoes are great as well, as long as they have not been heavily seasoned.
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Octavia Lillywhite is an award-winning food and lifestyle journalist with over 15 years of experience. With a passion for creating beautiful, tasty family meals that don’t use hundreds of ingredients or anything you have to source from obscure websites, she’s a champion of local and seasonal foods, using up leftovers and composting, which, she maintains, is probably the most important thing we all can do to protect the environment.
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