Kid-Friendly Side Dishes for Thanksgiving

side dishes for kidsThanksgiving can be stressful when you have kids who are picky-eaters and you have to worry about making dishes that will please everyone in the family. Your kids may not like to eat turkey but chances are they will enjoy some of the nutritious side dishes you make to accompany the turkey. Get them to try a little bit of each dish to see what they like. These side dishes are flavorful and kid-friendly and fit in perfectly with your Thanksgiving menu.

1. Mashed Potatoes

Mashed potatoes are always a crowd pleaser and you can make different variations of this dish. Babies love the creamy texture and it’s easy for toddlers to feed themselves the potatoes. You can make this dish ahead of time and store it in the fridge until it’s time to serve and then you can take it out and reheat.

2. Candied Carrots

These won’t taste like the carrots kids are used to because they’re sweetened with butter, brown sugar and you can also add some cinnamon. This dish adds color to the table and will have your kids begging for more.

3. Apple Cranberry Stuffing

Kids may not like regular stuffing, but adding apples and cranberries to your stuffing will sweeten it a little and give it great flavor. You can also add dried cherries or blueberries instead of cranberries.

4. Butternut Squash Soup

This kid-approved soup is creamy and delicious and perfect for little ones who refuse to eat their vegetables.

5. Cranberry Sauce

If your child doesn’t like turkey on its own, try serving it with cranberry sauce. You can make your own sauce to cut back on the sugar and it’s easy enough to make that older kids can help you prepare it. If you’re short on time, it still tastes good straight out of the can too.

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