The picky toddler eater struggle is real y’all. My toddler exists on chicken nuggets, hummus, breast milk and green smoothies (and most days I have to bribe him with Annie’s organic gummies to finish it).
So what’s this Thanksgiving food loving, party hosting, pecan pie-baking mama to do this holiday season? You better believe there will be no chicken nuggets on my Thanksgiving table.
I’ve compiled a list of my five favorite side dishes (ok 4 and one sweet treat!), tweaked them a little bit to make them toddler friendly and added some hidden vegetables so you can feel good about giving them to your little one!
1. Sweet Cornbread Casserole
Recipe: 2 boxes jiffy corn meal
2 cans creamed corn
1 tub sour cream
1 cup sugar ( we substitute powdered stevia)
4 eggs beaten
Preheat oven to 375°. In glass dish add half a cup of coconut oil and let melt while oven is preheating.
Mix all wet and ingredients together in a bowl. Pour into heated dish with melted coconut oil and bake at 375 for one hour.
Let cool for 1-2 hours.
2. Spinach and Cheese “Pie”
Recipe: 2 packages of frozen chopped spinach
1 tub of cottage cheese
3 eggs beaten
1 package fresh sliced mushrooms
1 can sliced artichoke hearts
2 cups shredded cheddar chesse
Mix all ingredients together, pour into circular pie dish and bake at 425° for one hour.
3. Turkey “Meatball” Muffins
Recipe: 2 cups coarsely chopped zucchini
1 1/2 cups coarsely chopped onions
1 red bell pepper, coarsely chopped
1 pound extra lean ground turkey
1/2 cup uncooked couscous
2 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce
1 tablespoon Dijon mustard
Scoop into muffin tins and bake at 425 for 25 mins. Top with favorite BBQ sauce.
4. Roasted Sweet Potato Bites
Recipe: 5-6 sweet potatoes
Peel and cube sweet potatoes, spray with coconut oil and lay on baking pan. Bake 20-30 mins at 350°. Once cooked, sprinkle with 2 tablespoons cinnamon(optional).
And just because my kid is obsessed with superheroes, and has a sweet tooth like his mama, here’s my all-time favorite recipe for a treat (or heck, a great day after thanksgiving breakfast!)
5. Hulk Smash Muffins
Recipe: One box banana bread mix
1 cup unsweetened almond milk
1 cup fresh spinach
3 eggs whisked
In high-speed blender, blend almond milk and spinach. Add to banana bread mix, and add whisked eggs. Pour into greased muffin 10, and bake at 375 for 15 minutes.
We love love love all of the above dishes and we hope your family does too.