Thanksgiving is a time to gather with friends and family and connect over a delicious meal. Getting your child involved with Thanksgiving cooking is not only a great way to spend time together, it can also teach them important math-related skills and help them build their confidence. Picky eaters are also more likely to eat something if they’ve participated in making it themselves.
Here are some child-friendly Thanksgiving recipes you can make together this year.
A classic Thanksgiving staple, mashed potatoes are an ideal dish for your child to help make. They can select the best potatoes, measure ingredients, and even help you with mashing.
Cheesy Cauliflower Tots
Plain cauliflower may not be your child’s favorite food, but adding cheese can help it seem more appealing. If you chop the cauliflower, you can let your child mix the ingredients and help them fill a muffin tin.
Cranberry Crescent Rolls or Apple Pie Bites
With just two ingredients, cranberry crescent rolls are a unique Thanksgiving appetizer that isn’t complicated to put together. Depending on the age of your child, they may be able to assemble these crescent rolls on their own, while all you’ll need to do is handle using the oven.
Get the recipe for Cranberry Crescent Rolls at Beauty Through Imperfection.
Apple Pie Bites also use frozen crescent roll dough as a base, and add brown sugar, apple pie spice, pecans, and apple slices. You can find the recipe for Apple Pie Bites at The Blond Cook.
No-Bake Pumpkin Pie
With just five ingredients and no baking required, children can take ownership over the Thanksgiving Day dessert. You may want to help with measuring and mixing ingredients, depending on the age of your child.
Cinnamon Sugar Tortilla Chips
These sweet dessert bites are easy to make, just requiring your child to cut out shapes with cookie cutters, brush the tortillas with butter, and sprinkle them with cinnamon sugar. All you’ll have to do is take care of the baking.
As always, when helping your child cook in the kitchen, keep safety in mind. Ensure your child knows the rules of the kitchen, and be sure to handle all chopping and stove and oven tasks yourself. Be patient and keep it fun, and your child will enjoy their time helping you create this year’s Thanksgiving dinner.