Whining and Dining: Toddler Thanksgiving Special

Filed under: Babies, Toddlers Preschoolers, Nutrition: Health, Development/Milestones: Babies

I'm Canadian, so we already had our Thanksgiving in October. I forget why we celebrate on a different date than Americans, but I expect it has to do with the cold and our shorter growing season.

This week's Whining and Dining tip comes from Lea at QuickServeKids.com. Lea spent years working in the fast food industry. Then she became a parent and has made it her mission to get more parents making fast, but healthy alternatives. She offered us an adaptation of her favorite Thanksgiving sweet potato soufflé.

Baby A's Sweet Potato "Pie"

Bake a sweet potato in the microwave (wash, poke holes in the skin, zap for 6-7 minutes). Or, you can use the oven: scrub the sweet potato, then brush it with olive or vegetable oil and wrap it in foil with the dull side facing out. Bake on the center rack at 450° for 35 to 45 minutes, until tender. Remove and prick with a fork to let steam out.

Halve the potato and spoon out the yummy insides, filling a ramekin about two-thirds full. Add a dot of butter or olive oil, a teaspoonful of orange juice, and a dash of nutmeg or cinnamon. Mash with a fork and add more OJ until the consistency is right for your child.

If you have a microwave, you can warm the potato mixture again for 10-15 seconds if it's too cool. *Always stir to remove hot spots* and test the temperature!

Then serve! Make a big deal about the "pie in a special grown-up dish -- and you can eat it all by yourself!"

I've also made this "pie" with canned pumpkin (super fast!) and butternut squash.

Presto, toddler feels treated and you know he or she just got a bunch of antioxidants and stick-to-her-ribs carbs.

Whining and Dining panel note: Our taste-tester loved the sweet potato version, but the stringiness of the butternut squash option made him gag. Thankfully Mommy Taste-Tester loves butternut squash and only wished she'd used adult-sized ramekins.

Got a fast, healthy kid-friendly dish to recommend? Fill me in and I'll tell everyone how fabulous you are. On that note, visit Lea's site for more great meal ideas!

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AdviceMama Says:
Start by teaching him that it is safe to do so.