In our house, we’re pretty lucky that our kids aren’t incredibly picky eaters. Whenever we host dinners with family and friends, however, we still like to make sure that we serve some really calm, kid-friendly dishes that any child might be willing to eat, just to make sure everyone’s preferences and eating habits are accommodated. That’s why we’ve been on the lookout for simple, child-appropriate dishes that we might serve at our upcoming Thanksgiving gathering!
1. Crispy roasted butternut squash
Do you find that you have trouble getting your kids to eat different coloured vegetables like squash because they’re wary of how it looks but you know that they’ll eat roasted potato hash browns at breakfast with no problems? Then we think you’ll really appreciate discovering how Real Kids Eat Spinach prepared their crispy roasted butternut squash so that it looks, tastes, and smells a lot like something they’re used to, making them more willing to try it out so they can enjoy the new flavour.
2. Yummy corn casserole
We often find that we’re able to convince our kids to eat just about anything so long as it’s covered in cheese. Perhaps it reminds them of mac and cheese, which is their favourite food, but they don’t mind if it’s a little different once the good, melted orange stuff is all over it! This deliciously creamy corn casserole outlined in detail on Can’t Stay Out of The Kitchen is a good example of what we mean.
3. Creamed green beans and potatoes
Do you find that your kids don’t mind eating vegetables when they’re mixed into something yummy with potatoes and other foods they enjoy, even if they won’t eat things like green beans on their own? Well, at least they’re eating them, right? Check out how Food Hero made just the kind of dish we’re talking about in this delicious creamed green beans and potatoes recipe.
4. Stuffins (or stuffing muffins)
Are the kids in your family and friends circle right around that toddler age where they’ll happily snack on just about anything you give them on the go but getting them to sit down and eat a full meal is a nearly unachievable goal? Then we’re pretty sure Cook The Story has just the recipe for you! They show you how easy it is to make “stuffins”, or stuffing muffins, that are perfect for little hands to carry and take bites from while they socialize.
5. Pecan pie pumpkin cupcakes
Of course, a full Thanksgiving meal naturally involves some delicious desserts too, rather than just entrees and sides! We find that our kids adore everything that goes into the classic Thanksgiving pies, but something about a slice of pie just doesn’t appeal to them. That’s why we were rather pleased to come across these pecan pie flavoured cupcakes on Yummy Crumble! Between the bite-sized serving and the dollop of icing on top, we know our kids will always happily eat a cupcake, even if it tastes exactly the same as something else they’re not so sure about.
6. Turkey shaped cheese ball
Whether the kids you’re cooking for are actually picky eaters or not, would you simply like to make them something funny and novelty, just for the fun of it? In that case, we think you’ll really appreciate how In The Kids’ Kitchen not only created a delicious cheese ball that’s sure to appeal to little tastebuds, but also dressed it up with pretzels and crackers to make it look like a turkey!
7. Soft cranberry crescent rolls
Speaking of recipes that will help you present unfamiliar flavours to your kids in a way that looks and tastes at least a little bit familiar so they’ll be willing to try it, here’s an amazing idea for showing them just how delicious cranberries and cranberry sauce can be! We love the way Beauty Through Imperfection lays out the steps for making soft cranberry crescent rolls that just might get them asking for cranberry sauce with their meal next time.
8. Homemade mac n’ cheese
Of course, sometimes there’s just no fighting the creamy and delicious draw that mac and cheese has to children. Rather than having our kids not eat anything at all, we’d much rather make the littlest ones at the dinner table a delicious homemade mac and cheese that we at least know is made with real ingredients so it’s a little bit healthier and more filling than the boxed kind! This particular recipe from Dinner With The Rollos is one of our very favourites.
9. Pumpkin ravioli inspired mini pies
If you’re going to make some kind of deliciously fall flavoured bite sized dessert, would you actually much rather make it something a little more unique and novelty, like something that will still appeal to your kids but that they probably haven’t seen or tried before? In that case, we think you’ll get along very well indeed with the way Arts & Crackers made these adorable miniature pies inspired by the great taste and look of pumpkin ravioli, only if it were sweet rather than savoury!
10. Slow cooker garlic and herb mashed potatoes
In our family and friend circle, there isn’t a single little kid in the bunch who doesn’t completely adore mashed potatoes. In an attempt to introduce them to flavours, however, we’ve been considering adding a little extra flavour into the mix, subtly enough that they won’t be put off but still in a way that makes it feel like a new experience. These simple slow cooker garlic and herb mashed potatoes outlined on The Soccer Mom are precisely the kind of thing we mean!
11. Veggie pizza leaves
Rather than fighting with the little ones at the table to try and convince them to eat what everyone else is having, would you actually much rather just make them something else entirely, preparing a quick meal that’s nice and easy to do but that you know they’ll love? Well, that’s why Hungry Happenings did here, but they also made a bit of a game out of it. Check out how they mixed and cut leaf shaped dough and then chose fall coloured veggie toppings for the kids to decorate the leaf with, adding colour and flavour all at once to create a delicious pizza.
12. Fluffy and delicious pumpkin fruit dip
If you’re going to make a dessert that your kids will really enjoy the flavour of texture of, would you actually rather dot hat strategic parenting thing where you sneak a healthy element into the treat, just to get your kids at least a bit of extra nutrition with their sugar? In that case, we’d definitely suggest taking a look at how Deliciously Sprinkled made this fantastic fluffy and delicious pumpkin fruit dip that tastes great on apple slices!
13. Irresistible cheese potato puffs
We know we’ve talked quite a lot about cheese and potatoes so far, but that’s just because they’re total kid classics and total Thanksgiving classics, making them the perfect combination when it comes to prepping something your kids will eat without complaint at this month’s family meal! While we’re on the subject, we’d absolutely encourage you to take a look at how these deliciously irresistible cheese potato puffs were made on Canadian Family.
14. No-bake pumpkin pie even kids can bake
Are you actually feeling quite convinced that your kids would really adore the taste pf pumpkin pie if they’re only be willing to try it, so you’re trying to find a way to get them interested in the idea? Well, what if you made a whole afternoon of it by having them make the pumpkin pie with you so what they’re really doing at the end is rewarding themselves with a bite of their own hard work? In that case, we think you’ll really appreciate the way Highlights show you all the steps for making a kind of pumpkin pie that’s so easy your kids could practically handle the process themselves.
15. Pumpkin and fruit turkey muffins
Perhaps you’ve actually been searching for a fun looking idea that is a little healthier for your kids to snack on but you just haven’t quite seen the one that makes you feel convinced so far? well, if you’re intent on keeping their fruit consumption up during the holidays when most other people are eating sweets, then maybe you’d get along quite well with something like this pumpkin and fruit turkey muffin recipe outlined in detail on Parenting.com!
Have you tried some other fantastic kid-friendly Thanksgiving recipes before that were a huge hit with your little ones during the big meal but that you don’t see here on our list? Tell us all about what you made or link us to the recipe in the comments section so we can try it out too!