One of the best ways to get a young child to eat their vegetables is to transform them into something they don’t recognize. My three-year-old son refuses to eat mashed sweet potatoes, but loading them with sugar and butter and topping them with marshmallows, as is traditional during Thanksgiving, isn’t an option for weeknight dinners (nor is deep-frying them, Chanukah style). However, if I transform them into nugget shapes, he will gladly devour an entire plate! Sweet potatoes are a nutritious food for growing children (they are high in vitamin C, vitamin B6 and iron) and also have a sweet taste.

This recipe is extremely simple, and you can use the sweet potatoes to make any shape you’d like—you could use them to create letters and spell your child’s name, or even bring out your cookie cutters to create animal or seasonal sweet potato shapes!