If you’re looking for fun, kid-friendly recipes this Thanksgiving, look no further than Parents.com. The website has put together an informal list of creative and fun recipes that are not only sure to satisfy the taste buds, but they include safe ways your child can participate in the recipe’s preparation!
Chocolate, Strawberry and Vanilla “Ice Cream” Mashed Potatoes
I have to admit, I had no idea what would go into chocolate mashed potatoes. Turns out it’s actually chocolate. Go figure.
This recipe calls for three sweet potatoes for the orange scoop, six red potatoes or three medium white potatoes for the “vanilla” scoop, and then a scoop from the white potatoes mixed with a teaspoon of hot chocolate mix for the chocolate potatoes.
The fun of the recipe is in the presentation, but some kids may be even more intrigued by one of their favorite sweets highlighting their starchy side dish.
Kids’ DIY Turkey Muffins
This fun food activity doesn’t involve baking. Instead, you buy your kids store-bought pumpkin muffins and let them decorate with healthy produce. Using apples, a green grape, a sliver of carrot and two dots of icing, your kids can create a turkey out of a pumpkin muffin!
Carrot and Pumpkin Turkey Snack
Another decorating activity that doesn’t involve baking, kids can transform a round slice of pumpkin bread into a turkey on a plate. All you need is some carrots, a few seedless red and green grapes, and a slice of apple. You will want to help cut the carrots, of course, but everything else can be put together and eaten by your kids!
Yummy Apple Stuffing Muffins
This activity will involve some cooking on your part. These apple stuffing muffins include bread, diced apple, onion, sage, thyme, cinnamon, apple juice, chicken broth, and maple syrup. You will saute the onion and mix the ingredients before your kids get to press the mixture in a muffin tin and drizzle maple syrup on top. The muffins bake for 30 minutes.
Ever struggle with what to do with all that leftover turkey? This is a recipe your kids can help with that will also save you from having to buy store-bought chicken nuggets. Using a round cookie cutter, kids can cut round turkey medallions out of leftover turkey.
In one bowl you will mix milk and honey and in another you will pour Panko bread crumbs. Since the recipe uses honey instead of raw egg, your kids can coat the turkey and put on a baking pan for you to broil on low for a few minutes on each side.
Crunchy Chickpea Snacks
This is an easy-to-make, crunchy snack for your kids to enjoy while dinner is cooking. Simply drain and pat dry a can of garbanzo beans, coat with olive oil and salt, and roast for approximately 30 minutes. You can mix with dried fruit for added flavor.