You鈥檝e spent hours in the kitchen preparing the feast to end all feasts. It鈥檚 Thanksgiving, and you just made a heck of a turkey鈥 that鈥檚 not to mention the stuffing, two kinds of sweet potatoes, that rad green bean casserole thingie your own mom made back in the 鈥80s, and homemade (yes, homemade) bread. It doesn鈥檛 matter that Anthony Bourdain would probably lick the plates on your table clean; your toddler is possibly the harshest critic 鈥 ever. Is your kiddo snubbing the turkey and all the trimmings? Check out these Turkey Day alternatives that will get your tot eating.

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1. Potato Party: So you can鈥檛 feed your toddler a dinner that consists purely of potatoes, potatoes, and more potatoes. But you can tempt their palate with a bland mash-up. Roll some mashed cauliflower or pureed carrots into the potatoes to make a yam-colored concoction that they鈥檒l actually eat.

2. Turkey Time: Slabs of white meat aren鈥檛 exactly on your two-year-old鈥檚 list of favorites. If they鈥檙e resisting the turkey, try giving it a new texture. Shred it, cube it, or cut it into silly shapes. You can even try breading and baking the cooked turkey to make it look like your little one鈥檚 beloved chicken nuggets.

3. Marshmallow Yams: Marshmallow-covered baked yam casserole is an old-school favorite that just about everyone鈥檚 family made for them 鈥 with good reason. As if yams (or sweet potatoes) weren鈥檛 good enough on their own, adding a layer of gently browned marshmallows on top is鈥 well, everything. Just make sure that the marshmallows are super-melty. If not, they pose a choking hazard.

4. Mac and Cheese: No, it鈥檚 not exactly a Thanksgiving staple. But if your tot refuses to eat the stuffing, this is an alternative that can kind of look the same. Instead of the bread chunks that you use in the stuffing, give the mac and cheese a dusting of crumbs. Bake it and serve it up to your very grateful toddler. Your guests will love you for this cheesy treat too.

A mother helps her toddler drink

5. Cranberry Mocktail: If your grandma鈥檚 cranberry sauce isn鈥檛 anything that your toddler wants to try, don鈥檛 force the issue. Instead, mix a few tablespoons of cranberry juice with sparkling water, OJ, or apple juice. It鈥檚 not exactly the same as the sauce version. But it does have cranberry in it!

6. Cheese on Anything: Broccoli, chopped brussels, turkey, potatoes, or anything else on your Thanksgiving table鈥 just cover it in melted cheese. Everything tastes better with ooey, gooey cheese on it. At least to your toddler.

7. Savory Pie: If everything tastes better with cheese on it, then it tastes extra, extra amazing in a pie crust. Your kiddo might not eat the pumpkin, apple, and chocolate pies you鈥檝e baked. But they can try some shredded turkey, carrots, corn, and whatever else you want to throw into your savory pie.

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