So What Are the Best Thanksgiving Recipes for Kids?
Are your kids fickle eaters at Thanksgiving? It's time to get creative. These Thanksgiving recipes for kids will have your children jumping for joy.
Thanksgiving swiftly approaches, which means holiday stress is alive and well. Studies show that holiday stress has a significant impact on women especially. As you start to prep your giant bird-ridden meal, things can get a little hectic.
The last thing you want after spending hours over a hot stove in hopes of pleasing your guests is a whiny child stating they won't eat what you're making. You want your kids to enjoy the holiday while also getting the nutrients they need. However, you may not want to create an entire kids-oriented Thanksgiving.
And you shouldn't.
What's more, child obesity is running rampant in our country and kids need your assistance to eat well.
Have no fear, delicious recipes for both children and adults are here. Spread these kid-geared meals throughout your table for an equally balanced Thanksgiving meal that is sure to be delicious and nutritious.
We've done the recipe research for you and compiled a list of some of the best Thanksgiving recipes for kids:
1. Silky Carrot Macaroni and Cheese
This delicious silky carrot puree mixed into the cheddar creates a fantastic source of vitamin A and helps reduce the amount of fat in the recipe. You can teach your kids they eat well, be responsible, and still enjoy themselves. Here's what you'll need:
- 3/4 pound carrots, peeled and thinly sliced.
- zest and juice of 1 navel orange, zest removed in strips with a vegetable peeler.
- 3 cups Penne rigate (9 ounces)
- 3 ounces of sharp cheddar cheese, shredded (1 1/2 cups)
1. Preheat your oven to 350 degrees. While that heats up, in a medium saucepan place the carrots and the zest juice in 1/4 cup of water and stir. Season to taste with salt and bring the mixture to a boil to start this Thanksgiving recipe for kids.
2. Cover the mix and let it simmer over medium heat until you find the carrots to be very soft, which usually takes about thirty minutes. Next, remove the zest from the mix. Transfer the carrots and the liquid into a blender and blend into a beautiful puree that is silky smooth.
3. Meanwhile, take a large saucepan and boil salt water. Cook the pasta in the water until it's al dente. Drain the pasta from the water. Set aside the excess water from the pasta.
4. After you've removed the water, return the pasta to the pot. Add the reserved water you saved to the carrot puree put them over the pasta. Stir them together over medium heat until the pasta is completely covered. Then, incorporate three-fourths of the shredded cheese into the pasta and cook until creamy.
5. Stir in the tarragon and then season the pasta to taste with salt and pepper. Transfer the pasta to a baking dish and pour the remainder of the cheese on it. Bake for twenty minutes until brown and make sure the cheese has melted.
6. Let stand for five minutes before serving, and then enjoy! It's a colorful, comfort-food based dish that every guest will love. When it comes to Thanksgiving recipes for kids, you can't beat this dish.
2. All Time Green Bean Casserole Favorite
This recipe is not only delicious and super nutritional it is also a family favorite across all states. We have pulled together our favorite easy to make recipe that our kids love and we are sure yours will too. Here is what you need:
- 1 10 3/4 ounce can of condensed cream of mushroom soup.
- 1/4 cup of milk
- 1/8 teaspoon of black pepper
- 3/4 of a lb of fresh green beans
- 1/3 of a cup of Frenchs friend onion
- 1 tbs of olive oil
1. Preheat your oven to 350 degrees. Wash and clip off tops of green beans. You can leave them whole or cut in half based on your preference.
2. Heat the olive oil in skillet on the stove top on medium-high, once the oil is heated add the green beans and sauté for 2-3 minutes..
3. Transfer the green beans to a 1 1/2 baking dish, add in the soup, milk 2/3 cup of the French fried onions and pepper and mix until the beans are covered in the mixture.
4. Place on the middle rack the oven and bake for 30 minutes, then stir.
5. Sprinkle to rest of the friend inions over the top and bake for 5 more minutes until they are crisp. After the five minutes your dish is ready to serve.
3. Creamy Swiss Chard with Bread Crumbs, one of the Best Thanksgiving Recipes for Kids
Thanksgiving recipes for kids might not immediately make you think of swiss chard, but trust us on this one. You'll disguise the leafy greens into a beautiful creamy, crispy play of joy that your kids will adore.
The rich gratin topped cheesy breadcrumbs will have your kids coming back for more and more.
- 3 tablespoon unsalted butter
- 1/2 cup all-purpose flour
- 1 quart whole milk
- 2 bay leaves
- 1 cup heavy cream
- 1/2 pound Italian Fontina cheese, shredded (2 cups)
- 1 cup heavy cream
- 7 tablespoons unsalted butter
- 1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil
- 3 pounds swiss chard
- salt and ground pepper
- 2 cups fresh breadcrumbs
- 4 large garlic cloves
1. Take the butter and slowly melt it in a large saucepan. Slowly incorporate the flour into the butter over a medium heat level. As you slowly whisk until it's smooth, add the onion bits and bay leaves and bring it to a simmer. Let the sauce thicken over a low heat.
2. After the sauce has thickened (usually about 15 minutes), you'll then discard the bay leaves and the onion from the mix. Add in the shredded cheese and season it to taste with pepper and salt.
3. You will have already preheated your oven to 375 degrees, so it should be warm and ready. Use a 15-by-10-inch baking dish and butter its basin. Use a large skillet and melt 3 tablespoons of butter in the oil.
4. Next, you'll add the garlic and cook it over medium heat until you can smell the garlic cooking. Slowly add in the chard in small batches and cook the mixture over high heat. Continue to stir until the leaves beautifully wilt and the liquid begins to evaporate.
5. Transfer the concoction to a colander and drain it well. Next, spread the chard on your baking dish that has been pre-buttered. Place it in an even layer, and then pour the bechamel sauce (what you created in the first few steps) on top.
6. In a bowl mix the breadcrumbs with the rest of the melted butter. Add in the parmesan cheese and spread the crumbs evenly over the gratin dish. Bake the dish for forty-five minutes or until it has a nice, even golden brown. Let it rest ten minutes before serving.
4. Crinkly Carrot Fries
Trick your kids into healthy eating by disguising it as a french fry. Yes, these fries can actually count as a vegetable if made with a carrot. Plus, it's the easiest of the Thanksgiving recipes for kids.
- Fresh carrots
- olive oil
1. Slice your fresh carrots into 1/2-inch-wide sticks. The best option for the ultimate Thanksgiving recipes for kids would entail a crinkle cutter. If you don't have one, that's okay!
Use a knife if need be, just make sure they are substantial slices of carrot. The crinkle just makes them look like your kid's favorite fries from their local fry joint.
2. Place the slices onto a baking sheet. Next, toss them with olive oil and salt.
3. Put the fries into the oven and simply bake at 375 degrees until they are crispy!
5. Pumpkin Rice Krispie Treats
Thanksgiving day can really drag on from a little ones perspective, so why not have them take charge (with a little help from mom or dad) of the dessert options that they can look forward too and take pride in serving after the meal is all done. These Pumpkin Rice Krispie Treats are both beautiful and fun to make.
- 6 cups rice krispies cereal
- 3 Tbsp salted butter
- 1 (10 oz) pkg. mini marshmallows
- Orange gel food coloring
- 3 pretzel rods , end portions broken off into 2-inch pieces (so you'll have 6 pieces)
- Green fondant or white fondant and green food color
- Non-stick cooking spray
1. Measure out rice krispies cereal and pour into a bowl. Melt butter in a 4 quart non-stick saucepan or pot over medium-low heat. Add marshmallows and stir and as they begin to melt start adding in the gel food coloring until desired color is achieved. Take it slowly to give the color time to spread and show. Stir constantly until marshmallows have melted. Remove from heat then immediately pour in rice krispies cereal and gently stir and fold with a large spoon or spatula until cereal is evenly coated. Let mixture cool slightly (until it's cool enough to handle with your hands).
2. Spray hands with non-stick cooking spray then shape rice krispie treat mixture into balls about the size of a baseball, then insert 1 piece of the pretzel into the top and reshape the pumpkin as needed. You can also opt for different sizes, this mixture will make approximately 20 smaller pumpkins. Transfer to a plate or dish sprayed lightly with cooking spray so as they don't stick while they finish coloring down.
3. Rollout the fondant flat, be careful not to make it too thin as you want the thickness of pastry dough to cut out and shape the trimmings. If using white fondant and food coloring place a cut of fondant in a mixing bowl add the green for color and mix until the fondant changes color, it can help to place cling wrap on the counter and knead the coloring into he fondant. (wear gloves for this part to avoid staying). Once your fondant is ready cut out a leaf shape with clean scissors or a small pairing knife then take a small amount to roll and shape into a thin rope shape then twist into a vine shape. Place on the sides of each pretzel on the pumpkin. Repeat for each pumpkin. Store in an airtight container once cooled.
Credit to Cooking Classy for our favorite and fun Pumpkin Rice Krispie Treats
Content & Happy Kids
Your kids will stay satisfied and busy with these incredible Thanksgiving recipes for kids. You'll enjoy adult time as you eliminate the chances of your kid complaining over Thanksgiving dinner.
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