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How to Make Thanksgiving Kid-Friendly

Simple Way to Make Your Thanksgiving Tot-Friendly!

If you're cooking the holiday dinner and plan on hosting a few lil ones, it's a good idea to set up a baby buffet of sorts. Many of the standard side dishes on the Thanksgiving menu are soft, kid-friendly foods — soup, mashed potatoes, cranberry sauce, stuffing, sweet potatoes, creamed vegetables, and doughy rolls or biscuits, so the gesture will only add minutes to your prep time.

Set aside a bit of each basic dish before adding the ingredients that young children don't care for or can't have —nuts, marshmallows, herbs, shellfish, etc. While your adult guests will enjoy your complex culinary creations, the younger ones will also appreciate the simple offerings you've made for them. And, not having to bring a bag of snacks and alternatives, will make parents most thankful.

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cbgmick cbgmick 8 years
Really Good advice. My sister's children are 14 now and really adventurous eaters so she tends to forget what's it's like to have little and fussy ones. My son is basically an ok eater but doesn't like anything mixed together so I have to make sure that I get to everything (even the green beans just after they are steamed - no butter, no nothing much less almonds or other finishing touches) and set a little aside as well as pack a cooler lunch box w/ a few "just in case" items!
hvanness331 hvanness331 8 years
I like to make some good ol' homemade mac and cheese when kids are involved. The adults eat just as much as the kiddo's!
Greggie Greggie 8 years
Excellent advice. Also, don't be offended if parents of children with allergies or texture aversions brings their own snacks. ;)
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