The Children's Table

Include at least one of these kid-friendly recipes on your holiday menu and be assured that the children will eat more than just a roll and a plain piece of turkey.

  • Best Table in the House

    Best Table in the House

    Make the "kids' table" the place to be this holiday season with delicious kid-friendly main dishes, desserts, and more. You may just find yourself pulling up a (tiny) chair to join the fun.

  • Broccoli, Cheese, and Rice Casserole
    Photo: Randy Mayor

    Broccoli, Cheese, and Rice Casserole

    Although children typically turn their noses up when it comes to casseroles, this is one they may actually like. It has familiar ingredients such as plain rice, Velveeta cheese, milk, and butter, all of which might help disguise the fact that they're eating a green vegetable.
  • Mashed Potatoes
    Photo: Dasha Wright Ewing

    Mashed Potatoes

    Mashed potatoes are a must-have on many holiday tables, so why not keep them plain and simple so the kids will enjoy them as much as the adults? It's hard to beat creamy potatoes with nothing added other than butter, milk, salt and pepper.
  • Lightened Waldorf Salad
    Randy Mayor; Leigh Ann Ross

    Lightened Waldorf Salad

    Brimming with foods that kids generally love–apples, apple juice, raisins, and flavored yogurt–this is one salad that just might earn a "thumbs up" from the younger set.
  • Sugar Cookies
    Photo: Lucas Allen

    Sugar Cookies

    Kids love simple foods and interesting shapes, so these basic sugar cookies are a sure bet. Cut them into assorted holiday shapes and let the kids help decorate them.
  • Lemon-Scented Sugar Snap Peas

    Lemon-Scented Sugar Snap Peas

    The natural sweetness of sugar snap peas makes them quite appealing to children. With simple flavorings of butter, lemon juice, salt, and pepper, this simple recipe is a great side dish to serve to kids who claim they don't like green veggies.
  • Golden Macaroni and Cheese

    Golden Macaroni and Cheese

    The kids and grownups alike will be delighted if this creamy, cheesy pasta dish is on the menu. It's a sure thing for even the pickiest of eaters.
  • Gingersnap Sweet Potatoes

    Gingersnap Sweet Potatoes

    Kids are guaranteed to ask for seconds of this delicious sweet potato dish–it's topped with cookies! The crisp gingersnap streusel will make it a favorite for adults, too.
  • Green Beans with Bacon

    Green Beans with Bacon

    To keep the kids happy, it's a good idea to have at least one vegetable on the table that's not in casserole form. These simple green beans get their flavor from a bit of lemon juice and the crumbled bacon that's sprinkled on top.
  • Peanut Butter Pie
    Photo: Randy Mayor; Styling: Lydia DeGaris-Pursell

    Peanut Butter Pie

    When it comes to kids and desserts, the fancy stuff just won't do, so go back to basics with a pie that features peanut butter, a graham cracker crust, and chocolate sundae syrup. It's likely that the adults will want to have a bite or two as well.
  • Snowballs


    These classic Christmas no-bake cookies are sure to be gobbled up quick at the children's table. Plus, since no cooking or knives are involved, kids can make these themselves with little oversight on your part.
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