Kid-Friendly Thanksgiving Dinner Recipes

//Kid-Friendly Thanksgiving Dinner Recipes

Kid-friendly Thanksgiving dinner recipes that ensure everyone at your table has a happy holiday.

No time more than holiday time is there a greater focus on food. For parents of picky eaters, holiday meals can be immensely stressful. For a happier holiday, serve up family-friendly recipes that will satisfy everyone at table. These Thanksgiving dinner recipes can be served for kids and adults alike.

Tip: The more you involve your kids in everything from choosing food for your holiday meal to preparing the dishes, the easier time you’ll have dealing with your picky eater. Another easy way to do this during the holidays is to enlist your kids to help create the menu and name the dishes. Even better if you cook the recipes together, and then let them serve.

Persimmon and Apple Chips

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When little guests arrive, greet them with a delicious lineup of healthy snacks. Persimmon and apple chips give a nod to the season and set the stage for a fun family dinner, no sugar required.

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Vegan Sweet Potato Soup with Apples and Crispy Quinoa

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Most holiday celebrations start with soup. This simple sweet potato soup with apples is super easy to make and is incredibly satisfying. It’s also dairy-free, making it perfect for kids (or adults) with allergies. The real secret to this recipe, though, is the crispy quinoa topping.

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Brussels Sprouts Chips

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Brussels sprouts are a must at any holiday celebration, but picky eaters at your table will likely turn up their noses at the bitter flavor. Instead, serve up a crispy batch of Brussels Sprouts Chips. A riff on kale chips, these salty, crunchy chips will have your kids begging for Brussels.

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Smashed Cauliflower

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Give mashed potatoes a makeover. This Smashed Cauliflower recipe is a delicious and easy way to swap in a healthier option on your holiday table. Bonus, it’s packed with Vitamins C and B-12. Perfect paired with gravy and cranberry sauce.

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Rainbow Chard Ravioli

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Celebrations at my table always include a homemade pasta dish. Rainbow Chard Ravioli is a simple make ahead dish that gives kids a big boost of vegetables, all wrapped up in delicious homemade pasta.

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Slow Cooker Turkey Bolognese

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If your picky eater finds the texture of turkey to be too dry, try Turkey Bolognese. This slow cooker Bolognese is a crowd pleaser. It’s a super simple dish to have on hand for little ones who aren’t particularly fond of turkey. Serve it over pasta or roasted spaghetti squash.

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Two-Bite Pumpkin Pie

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Finish off your Thanksgiving dinner with two-bite pumpkin pie! This easy recipe is made in a blender and takes only minutes to make. For even more fun, let the little ones decorate their mini pies to look like turkeys.

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Pin our lineup of kid-friendly Thanksgiving dinner recipes. For more holiday recipe inspiration, check out our Healthy Side Dishes Board on Pinterest.

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About the Author:

Heralded by Jamie Oliver’s Food Revolution as “A mom and genius game creator helping kids eat fresh food!”, Jennifer Tyler Lee is an award-winning cookbook author, game creator, and healthy eating advocate. Jennifer has garnered national TV, radio, and print coverage for her family cookbook, The 52 New Foods Challenge, and her nutrition game, Crunch a Color®: The Healthy Eating Game. Jennifer’s work has been spotlighted by Jessica Alba, Michael Pollan, Jamie Oliver, Laurie David, Rachael Ray, US Weekly, The 700 Club, and—among many others. Her fresh approach to cooking together as a family inspired a nationwide series of kids cooking classes at Williams-Sonoma, The 52 New Foods Junior Chef Series, along with an exclusive edition of her book. A former strategy consultant, she lives in the Bay Area with her family.

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