Other than the marshmallow sweet potatoes, Thanksgiving vegetables are often a challenge for kids. These six kid-friendly recipes could make parents (and little ones) thankful for veggies.
If you think this year’s Thanksgiving dinner will present a couple of challenges with the kids, consider what was served at the first Thanksgiving feast.
Besides turkey, cranberries and clams, the 1621 menu is said to have included onions, beans, spinach, cabbage and carrots.
Just imagine the yuck-face your kid might make at that lineup of veggies. If you’re expecting the crinkle-nose anyway, we’ve got a few suggestions that beat onions and cabbage. Following is our list of kid-friendly veggies for the Thanksgiving table. The fact that they are low in fat and high in nutrition is just the gravy.
Crinkle carrot fries: This vitamin A alternative to potato fries is easy on the eyes. Simply cut the carrots into ½-inch sticks (use a crinkle cutter if you have one). Then toss in olive oil, season with salt and bake at 450 degrees for 10 to 12 minutes. Orange you glad MOMables.com! shared this recipe?
Cucumber Cutie Delights: This adorable finger food is will tide little bellies over until dinner. Slice a couple miniature cucumbers into ¼-inch slices. Top with Creamy Ranch Vegy Vida and finish with a bit of basil leaf. Place on a fancy plate and let the little ones serve them to the company.
Spaghetti squash with Parm: Macaroni isn’t a staple of the Thanksgiving table, but when it is made from vitamin C-rich spaghetti squash, there should be room for exception. Bake two halves of a spaghetti squash at 400 degrees for 30 minutes. Use a fork to scrape the flesh from the skin. Stir in butter, Parmesan cheese and salt. Thanks to Super Healthy Kids for this super healthy side dish!
Yahoo! Southwest Stuffing: For a little Tex-Mex tossup, try this colorful, kid-happy stuffing. The bread crumbs combine with black beans, corn, bell peppers and celery and finished with a heaping helping of Zesty Southwest Vegy Vida. If the kids are hesitant, explain that it’s simply cowboy stuffing.
Creamy broccoli and apple slaw: This recipe from Real Simple brightens broccoli while offering a jiggle-free alternative to cranberries. Ingredients include dried cranberries, pine nuts, apples and low-fat yogurt, so you use less high-fat mayonnaise.
Cheddary-bacon green bean casserole: Here’s a kid twist to the traditional green bean casserole. In an oven-safe dish, mix blanched green beans with all-natural Savory Bacon Vegy Vida to coat. Top with panko breadcrumbs, shredded cheddar cheese and crispy onions (optional). Bake until bubbling, about 20-25 minutes
You can find plenty more kid-approved Thanksgiving veggie dishes online. The trick to keeping them healthy is using all-natural flavor enhancers that don’t hide the taste of the veggie. It can take time, but keep putting those vegetables out there. And be thankful for patience.