Kid-Friendly Thanksgiving Side Dishes

November 25, 2019

If cranberry sauce and gravy aren’t up your kiddo’s alley, we totally get it! Thanksgiving can be tough for little ones, particularly picky eaters. That’s why we’ve put together a list of some yummy, healthy, kiddo-friendly Thanksgiving side dishes you can try this year and for years to come!

1| Simple Roasted Apples with Cinnamon Sugar

Does your child have a sweet tooth? Satisfy their desire for sweets while providing extra nutrition with Amy Gorin’s baked apple dish, starring lots of cinnamon. Yum!

Recipe here.

2| Cheesy Cauliflower Tots

Registered dietitian Julie Harrington packs lots of nutrients into every child’s favorite package: the tater tot. She uses whole wheat panko for extra crispiness. 

Recipe here.

3| Maple Mashed Sweet Potatoes

Chocolate Slopes knows how to turn vitamin-dense sweet potatoes into a smooth, creamy delight that kids will crave. The secret ingredient? Non-fat plain yogurt.

Recipe here.

4| Instant Pot Butternut Squash Risotto

Adults and kids alike love the smooth and satisfying texture of risotto, but it often takes a ton of care and time to make. With an Instant Pot, it can be easy! Try this earthy, cheesy risotto this Thanksgiving.

Recipe here.

5| Green Beans with Brown Butter and Toasted Almonds

How can you get your picky eater to enjoy vegetables this Thanksgiving? Nutty brown butter and crunchy toasted almonds are a great start. Best yet, these beans come together in 25 minutes.

Recipe here.

6| Herbed Wild Rice and Quinoa Stuffing

Onion, tart apples, garlic, wild rice, quinoa, pecans … once you read the ingredient list, you’ll be satisfied that this recipe has the taste and texture kids will be interested in (and the nutrients you’re looking for).

Recipe here.

7| Sweet Pumpkin Buns

These buns from Lands & Flavors are just too cute, and they’re great as a dipper for soup and other sides. Kids will fall in love with the clever pumpkin shape!

Recipe here.

8| Slow Cooker Mashed Potatoes

Simple ingredients, easy prep, and a delish outcome. These potatoes have a 5-star rating on Food Network, and your kids will agree with the reviewers.

Recipe here.

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