Non-Traditional Thanksgiving Side Dishes Baby Will Love

Thanksgiving is a little more than two weeks away and I bet you’re already planning your Thanksgiving dinner menu. You may be wondering what dishes your baby will be able to eat and which ones he or she will like. Mashed potatoes are sure to be a hit for babies already eating solids, but there are plenty of other Thanksgiving side dishes you can try with baby. Let’s explore a few Thanksgiving side dishes that are not traditionally served in most American homes.

Thanksgiving Dinner: Side Dishes for BabiesSource: atl10trader/Flickr

6 Non-Traditional Thanksgiving Side Dishes Baby Will Love

  • Macaroni and cheese: Though this dish is very American, I find it’s not one typically served for Thanksgiving. My daughter loves mac and cheese and equally loves macaroni pie, a dish from the island of Trinidad we’ve incorporated into our Thanksgiving meals. Baby is sure to love a little macaroni and cheese this Thanksgiving!
  • Rice: Caribbean households find it hard to serve a meal without rice, so every Thanksgiving meal I’ve ever eaten or cooked has had rice as a side dish. Whether it’s white rice, yellow rice, or mixed yellow rice (usually with beans or vegetables), baby can enjoy this Thanksgiving side dish along with his turkey.
  • Mashed yuca: A root vegetable popular in the Caribbean, yuca can be steamed or boiled and mashed up so that even younger babies can delight in this delicious side dish.
  • Sweet plantains: Plantains can be eaten green or ripe, depending how they’re cooked. But, ripe plantains are sweet and will probably be easiest for baby to eat. Try oven-frying ripe plantains for a healthier option than the traditional fried sweet plantains.
  • Mofongo or mangú: This green banana dish comes from Puerto Rico and the Dominican Republic. They are essentially the same, one being more mashed up than the other, which works perfectly for baby!
  • Callaloo: A soup-like dish from Trinidad, callaloo is made with many healthy vegetables, though recipes vary among Trinidadian households. My husband loves to eat callaloo as a gravy over his rice, but you can feed to baby as a puree or soup.

What Thanksgiving side dishes do you plan to serve baby this year? Any non-traditional dishes making the menu?

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