7 Toddler-Approved Eats Just In Time for Thanksgiving

Prepping Thanksgiving dinner is tough enough, but with a toddler to think of, this meal sounds like more of marathon cook-fest than a meal to be thankful for. You want your tot to enjoy a well-balanced, healthy meal loaded with all the table-toppers you love (like broccoli, stuffing, turkey, mashed potatoes and bread — oh, sweet, delicious, warm, happiness-inducing bread) but you don’t have a clue where to start and which recipe to try, right? Before you give up and reach for the microwavable chicken fingers, have a little faith, okay?

A nutritional meal featuring all the Turkey Day treats you love is possible — and even better: It’s easy to do (swear!). Just play to your toddler’s strengths. If he loves finger foods, change up your stuffing recipe so he can eat it with his hands and if you’re worried he’ll fill up on bread, opt for mini-biscuits instead. And if you’re really stumped on where to start, try one of these seven to-dine-for recipes:

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Turkey-Themed Veggie Cups

While everyone else is digging in on brie, crackers and bacon-wrapped scallops, give your tot his own personalized turkey dipping plate. It's healthy and he'll love that it's just for him.

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Apple Sausage Stuffing Bites

We may all look forward to an occasion to binge-eat stuffing, but your toddler probably doesn't (no offense). The mini-muffins make great dippers (just put a little bowl with gravy on the side). The apples make it healthy while the turkey makes it festive.

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Broccoli Parmesan Fritters

We all dread the vegetable fight, so this year, skip it. Disguising the broccoli in these bite-size fritters is a simple way to make sure he's eating his veggies.

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Pumpkin Pie Bites

Everyone looks forward to dessert, your toddler included. Make sure there's something special for him at the table, like these mini pumpkin pie bites.

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Mini Dinner Rolls

Trying to avoid the carb-induced dinner coma? Mini rolls make great gravy-soaker-uppers without being too filling.

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Cheesy Turkey Meatloaf Bites

If you're not raising a turkey lover, don't try to force it on Thanksgiving. Use ground turkey to make something else he'll love, like cheesy turkey meatloaf (yum!).

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Cinnamon Chile Roasted Potato Bites

Repeat after me: Potatoes are important. Serve them up any style you like! We like these since they're super-dippable!

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