Thanksgiving Puree Pairings

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Sometimes, the best movies need the best supporting characters. And it’s no different with your Thanksgiving meal. While the turkey may be the main event, consider the quick “whip together” options that you don’t have to sweat over. Even better, all these choices qualify to be made ahead of time, which makes them winners in my book!

Maple Sweet Potato Puree

  • Why it works: Not only can it be made in advance, but sweet potatoes are an expected dish for Thanksgiving dinner. (Grandma Mary judge you harshly if it’s absent). Anyone of any age can eat them, and when paired with maple syrup, it can practically be a dessert.

Cranberry Apple Chutney

  • Why it works: This recipe by Weelicious offers great options for the tiny eater in the family. Start your babe off of training holiday cuisine early. The staple for this piece is using a grated apple for flavor and a cinnamon stick for flavor. Added benefit: this one’s not just for the babies.

Squash Soup

  • Why it works:  Another one that all can enjoy, any butternut squash can be roasted in the oven alongside sweet potatoes. The puree’ process couldn’t be simpler, and if you prefer a slightly different flavor, feel free to add your own adjustments.

Broccoli Puree’ with Creme Fraiche

  • Why it works:  While this one is only for the wee ones, it’s on the list because it can be made well in advance and then frozen. Just defrost and serve on the big holiday.




About Maia Rodriguez

"Military Mom" Maia Rodriguez was born in Cleveland, Ohio, but that was about twenty homes ago. After graduating from Syracuse University with a BFA in Musical Theater, she traveled just about everywhere in the country, lived in a green turtle-like tent for 6 months, toured and slept in the back of her van and even worked in Japan for a year. Then she met her husband who tamed her (ha!) and they embarked together on the adventure of parenthood in southern California where she worked as a professional pirate. Now, two children later, the family currently resides in VIrginia, where she sings for the US Navy as a vocalist. When she’s not mothering, she’s writing music for "Evernight," singing and writing for the Baby Bullet Blog.

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