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.
November 17, 2008
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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.
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Broccoli, Cheese, and Rice Casserole
Broccoli, Cheese, and Rice Casserole Recipe 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.
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Mashed Potatoes Recipe 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.
4 of 11Randy Mayor; Leigh Ann Ross
Lightened Waldorf Salad
Lightened Waldorf Salad Recipe 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.
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Sugar Cookies Recipe 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.
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Lemon-Scented Sugar Snap Peas
Lemon-Scented Sugar Snap Peas Recipe 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.
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Golden Macaroni and Cheese
Golden Macaroni and Cheese Recipe 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.
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Gingersnap Sweet Potatoes
Gingersnap Sweet Potatoes Recipe 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.
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Green Beans with Bacon
Green Beans with Bacon Recipe 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.
10 of 11Photo: Randy Mayor; Styling: Lydia DeGaris-Pursell
Peanut Butter Pie
Peanut Butter Pie
Recipe 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.
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Snowballs Recipe 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.