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Side Dish Recipes for Kids

Recipes to make any holiday dinner more fun

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  • Side Dish Recipes for Kids

    Side Dish Recipes for Kids

    Recipes to make any holiday dinner more fun

  • Kid-friendly Relish Tray

    Kid-friendly Relish Tray

    If you don’t want your kids to fill up on all the holiday sweets laying around, set out a tray of these tried and true munchies. Make Kid-friendly Relish Tray »

  • Pumpkin Soup in Baked Mini Pumpkins

    Pumpkin Soup in Baked Mini Pumpkins

    These mini pumpkins filled with savory soup will get your most skeptical eater to slurp it down.
    Make Pumpkin Soup in Baked Mini Pumpkins »

  • Silky Smooth Mashed Potatoes

    Silky Smooth Mashed Potatoes

    For some kids, chunky, rustic mashed potatoes just won't do. Try this smooth and silky version that’ll go down like ice cream.
    Make Silky Smooth Mashed Potatoes »

  • Jiggly Cranberry Turkeys

    Jiggly Cranberry Turkeys

    These all-natural, all-flavorful, jiggly cranberry turkeys are like Jell-O, but better — your kids will eat it with dinner.
    Make Jiggly Cranberry Turkeys »

  • Cranberry Skillet Stuffing

    Cranberry Skillet Stuffing

    Have your kids help get this homemade stuffing ready the day before, and they'll be the first to ask for seconds. Make Cranberry Skillet Stuffing »

  • Broccolini


    Broccolini is milder and more tender than regular broccoli, which may just convince your veggie-hater to become a veggie-eater. Make Broccolini »

  • Mini Cornbread Muffins

    Mini Cornbread Muffins

    Cornbread is already nice and sweet, but put it in the shape of a muffin and you’ve made it a
    dinner treat!
    Make Mini Cornbread Muffins »

  • Sweet Potato Jewels

    Sweet Potato Jewels

    Regular old sweet potatoes may be sweet, but they’re so last holiday season. These candied jewels will impress your pickiest eater.
    Make Sweet Potato Jewels »

  • Roasted Parsnips and Carrots

    Roasted Parsnips and Carrots

    Parsnips, for kids? All they need to know is that they’re white carrots and Hannah Montana loves them. Of course, once your kid tastes how sweet they are, it won’t matter. Make Roasted Parsnips and Carrots »

  • Maple Acorn Squash Rings

    Maple Acorn Squash Rings

    Who wouldn't love a maple-glazed vegetable that looks like a flower-shaped bracelet?
    Make Maple Acorn Squash Rings »

  • Cheesy Pumpkin Chickpea Croquettes

    Cheesy Pumpkin Chickpea Croquettes

    Made with a mix of pumpkin, chickpeas, veggies, and vegan cheese, these bite-sized balls of fall flavor are a guaranteed healthy hit with hungry kids.
    Make cheese pumpkin chickpea croquettes »

  • Mac and Cheese French Fries

    Mac and Cheese French Fries

    Surprise your youngest guests with this delicious, baked, cheesy version of the classic French fry. If the adults in the room start jealously eyeing the kids table, don’t worry; this recipe is so simple, you can easily whip up a batch for them, too.
    Make mac and cheese French fries »

  • Fancy Schmancy Green Bean Casserole

    Fancy Schmancy Green Bean Casserole

    Your kids will happily eat their greens when they’re baked into this creamy, crunchy, mushroom-y casserole. The fried onions are the best part!
    Make green bean casserole »

  • Homemade Apple Chips

    Homemade Apple Chips

    This healthier take on the classic potato chip is sure to be adored by picky eaters of all ages this Thanksgiving. You can also sprinkle them with cinnamon sugar to serve as dessert.
    Make homemade apple chips »

  • Asparagus and Parmigiano Puffs

    Asparagus and Parmigiano Puffs

    These pizza-like asparagus puffs are a classy way to add a little fun to the kid’s menu. They’ll be so excited by their fancy slices that they won’t even notice the fresh fall veggies in front of them.
    Make asparagus and parmigiano puffs »

  • Maple Spice Glazed Sweet Potatoes

    Maple Spice Glazed Sweet Potatoes

    This simple recipe makes sweet potatoes even sweeter, which kids will love — and you’ll love knowing they’re getting an extra dose of Vitamin A and beta-carotene.
    Make maple spice glazed sweet potatoes »

  • Homemade Pear Sauce

    Homemade Pear Sauce

    Surprise the little ones with a fresh take on applesauce by using pears instead. It’ll taste rich and festive compared to the everyday lunchbox standby.
    Make homemade pear sauce »

  • Cheese-Swirled Mashed Potatoes

    Cheese-Swirled Mashed Potatoes

    Serve these crazy-good mashed potatoes to your mac and cheese monsters. They may not come in a blue box, but they’re sure to be a new family favorite!
    Make cheese-swirled mashed potatoes »

  • Cranberry Concord Grape Sauce

    Cranberry Concord Grape Sauce

    If your little one is afraid of trying cranberry sauce, try this recipe that incorporates grapes. That way you won’t be lying when you try to convince them, “It’s just like the Welch’s juice you love so much!”
    Make cranberry Concord grape sauce »

  • Garlic Roasted Cauliflower

    Garlic Roasted Cauliflower

    The secret to getting your kids to eat broccoli’s veggie cousin? Toss it with some cheese! Parmesan, lemon, and garlic add tasty flavor to this fall-friendly side dish.
    Make garlic roasted cauliflower »

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