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Thanksgiving Recipes: Make Ahead Side Dishes, Kid-inspired Desserts and More!

thanksgiving side dish recipes

It’s almost Thanksgiving, which means we’re scrambling this weekend to whip up all our favorite Thanksgiving recipes from side dishes to desserts. In addition to making the classic green bean casserole, mashed potatoes and sweet potatoes, there’s the guests to think about. There’s so much to consider when planning a feast such as who’s allergic to what, how many guests will be eating and what the heck are you going to feed those picky eaters at the kids table. If you’re feeling overwhelmed or simply in need of some inspiration, The Family Kitchen has got what you need. Recipes after the jump…

Thanksgiving Side Dish Recipes You Can Make Ahead:

Sweet Potato Casserole

sweet potato casserole

“This sweet and crunchy holiday classic is sure to get your guests going back for seconds. They’ll never know it only took you seconds to put together,” wrote Babble food writer, Jen Genova.

For more Thanksgiving recipes you can make ahead, check out “Holiday Meal Prep.”

Thanksgiving Side Dish Recipes…For Kids!

Jiggly Cranberry Turkeys

thanksgiving side dish recipe

Star food writer, Jen Genova wrote: “These all-natural, all-flavorful, jiggly cranberry turkeys are like Jell-O, but better — your kids will eat it with dinner.”

For more Thanksgiving side dish recipes check out “10 Kid-Friendly Thanksgiving Side Dish Recipes for Kids” on Babble’s Food page.

Thanksgiving Dessert Recipes:

Pumpkin Creme Caramel

pumpkin creme caramel

As Angie wrote in her original post: “Though these beautiful things take a few more steps than a cake mix, they are easier than you think, and so impressive.”

Mini Pumpkin Tarts

mini pumpkin tarts

“With a buttery, flaky crust and sweet, custardy filling, they’re the perfect fall dessert, and since you make them in a muffin tin, they look like a little pie for elves.” –BrooklynSupper

And these are just a preview of what’s on Family Kitchen’s Thanksgiving recipe menu. For more Thanksgiving dessert recipes check out: “14 Pumpkin Desserts That Go Beyond The Classic Pie

There’s a lot more where all these Thanksgiving recipes came from. Babble’s got a whole guide dedicated to the holidays called, simply, The Babble 2010 Holiday Guide, so make sure to check it out. We’ve waited all year for it!

What do you do when holiday cooking isn’t your thing? Read Paula’s article “Thanksgiving Recipes: I Haven’t Got a Clue” over on Strollerderby for an idea.

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