Preparing Thanksgiving dinner for your family can be challenging if even one family member has dietary issues. Add in a toddler who thinks "white" is the only food group and you're going to be tempted to serve a huge bowl of mashed potatoes, and nothing else.
No matter how awesome it sounds to have a day of feasting on buttery potato goodness, there are other options available for your picky toddler so she won't starve while you enjoy your adult dinner.
Here are some Thanksgiving day recipes and pre-made options to keep the little diners occupied at the kids' table so you have time to enjoy your turkey leg without having to stop and pull an overly stimulated toddler off the bookshelf. There's plenty of time for that after the pies have been devoured.
Baked Sweet Potatoes and Apples
A fellow parent at my daughter's school has an amazing blog with a challenging concept: 365 new recipes she makes with her son in 365 days. Cooking With My Kid, therefore, relies on fun and delicious kid-friendly options. Her Baked Sweet Potatoes and Apples recipe gets points for keeping your little one busy while you're basting the turkey. Additionally, by combining apples and sweet potatoes, your toddler will be fooled into believing it's one big sweet treat. Score!
Cranber-Wee Bagel Sandwich
In addition to being adorable, this turkey dinner all in one place is perfect for kids who think sandwiches are the only way to eat. All you need to make this sammy is a mini-bagel, your turkey, lettuce (if your kids don't mind eating "salad," like mine do), and the Weelicious cranber-wee sauce recipe. Add your kid's favorite condiment, and you've got a happy toddler.
Apple Cider Granita
This one-item recipe from Take Back Your Table is a simple, delicious treat for the picky eater who thinks apple cider is a grown-up drink, yet loves him a slushie. Alternately, use the granita as a bribe to get him to eat his sweet potatoes.
If all else fails, fill 'em up on bread. One of the only non-homemade Thanksgiving traditions in my house is the cracking open of a can of crescent rolls. Let your little one roll them up in whatever wacky shapes they manage, pop them in the oven, then set a bowl down in front of your toddler's hungry mouth.
How are you going to feed your picky toddler this Thanksgiving?
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