Cooking with Kids: Roasted Sweet Potato Bites

cooking with toddlers

I started meal planning a few months ago; every Sunday afternoon, Husband and I sit down and go over the calendar for the week. Then I jot down some meal ideas and head out to the grocery store on Monday morning. Most of our meals are pretty simple: I tend to stick with a meat or fish and a few different type of veggies on the side.

One of my favorite vegetables in the entire world are sweet potatoes! I love them baked in their skins and then topped with coconut oil, cinnamon, and salt. Although I love them enough to make up for everyone else, my husband is not a big fan. In fact, I’ve never seen him eat an entire sweet potato. They are also a bit messy for young people learning to use eating utensils. And thus, our love for Roasted Sweet Potato Bites was born! I’m sure I followed a recipe originally, but we’ve adapted until we’ve created our own.

Cooking with toddlers

Little daughter helps me make these at least once a week. Sweet potatoes are a little to hard for her little knife to do the trick, but she helps with placing them on the tray. She also loves to do the “drizzle, drizzle” of the oil, as well as sprinkling the salt.

cooking with toddlers

Elizabeth & Josephine’s Roasted Sweet Potato Bites

Preheat oven to 375 to 400 degrees (I adjust based on what else I may be cooking with it; the amount of time to cook will vary on how hot your oven is)

Peel and cut 3-4 medium to large sweet potatoes into bite-size cubes
Place cut sweet potatoes on a parchment-lined baking sheet (a great job for kids!)
Drizzle with a bit of avocado oil (my favorite oil for cooking)
Sprinkle with salt
Sprinkle with any other favorite spices (pepper, sage, etc.–our favorite right now is rosemary)
Cook in the oven for about 30-40 minutes, stirring and rotating once or twice; they should be golden brown and pierce easily with a fork when they are done

cooking with toddlers

These are also great, because you can do the prep work ahead and then cook in the oven while you’re making the rest of dinner. We often prep them together after our afternoon snack time, stick them in the fridge, and then head to the park before coming back to make the rest of dinner. Hope you enjoy!