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Toddler-Friendly Smashed Tsimmes

Some extra smushing makes this traditional Jewish dish perfect for little hands and mouths –By Rachel Teichman

Tsimmes is a combination of root vegetables and dried fruits. It is typically seasoned with honey and cinnamon, and sometimes includes meat or beans. A sweet dish used to celebrate Rosh Hashanah, the Jewish New Year, it can be enjoyed all year long. Since this version of tsimmes is mashed, it can easily be fed to a child, or they can feed it to themselves.

You’ll Need:

1- sweet potato

2 carrots
1 banana
¼ cup orange juice
2 tablespoons honey or maple syrup (Note that most pediatricians do not recommend honey for children under the age of one; you can easily substitute brown sugar)
1 tablespoon olive oil plus more for the baking sheet
⅛ teaspoon Salt (optional)


1. Preheat the oven to 375º.

2. Peel the sweet potato and carrots.

smashed tsimmes

The final product.

3. Slice the carrots and dice the sweet potato.

4. Peel and slice the banana.

5.  Lightly coat a baking sheet with olive oil, and place the vegetables and fruit on it.

6. Bake for 25 minutes, or until softened.

7. Mash the cooked vegetables and fruit in a bowl, or with a food processsor.

8. Add the orange juice, honey, olive oil and salt. Serve warm or cold.

For more kid-friendly cuisine, try these cholent pattiesnoodle kugel bowls, and baked apples and honey

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