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Take the stress out of Thanksgiving with our go-to collection of easy and healthy recipes. From sides to turkey, breakfast, and desserts, there’s something for everyone in the family—babies, kids, and adults alike.

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Easy Thanksgiving Recipes (Baby and Kid-Friendly)

Managing the Thanksgiving feast with the little ones in tow can pose quite a challenge and feel a bit overwhelming.

There’s the whole process of planning the menu, heading to the grocery store, doing the cooking, all the while considering what your kids will actually end up eating, if at all.

To make life a bit easier for you during this holiday chaos, I’ve rounded up some reliable, tried-and-true recipes. These dishes strike the perfect balance between kid-friendly simplicity and the more sophisticated flavors of Thanksgiving.

From creamy mashed sweet potatoes, bite-sized turkey, to muffins and cookies, these recipes not only cater to young palates but also come with a healthy twist. So, as you gather around the table, rest assured that the entire family, from the babies, toddlers, to the adults, can savor a Thanksgiving meal that’s both yummy and nourishing.

Thanksgiving Vegetable Recipes for Kids

Time to make veggies the superheroes of Thanksgiving! We’ve got kid-friendly side dishes with a healthy twist on classics and some easy, tasty options. These veggie dishes are here to add some color and goodness to your Thanksgiving spread.

Creamy cheesy mashed potatoes in a large bowl with fresh chives.
5 from 1 vote

Cheesy Mashed Potatoes

Creamy, dreamy, and ready in just 30 minutes, these cheesy mashed potatoes are the ultimate comfort food. Plus, discover the secrets to making them ahead of time for a hassle-free feast.
Cheesy Mashed Potatoes
An overhead shot of cauliflower mash with chives in a large bowl.
5 from 1 vote

Healthy Mashed Cauliflower

This wholesome mashed cauliflower is a breeze to prepare and will be done in just 20 minutes. It boasts a light, creamy, and delicious texture, making it a perfect side dish for both busy weeknight dinner and special holiday gatherings.
Mashed Cauliflower
An overhead shot of baked green bean casserole with a wooden spoon.
5 from 1 vote

Green Bean Casserole without Mushroom Soup

This green bean casserole is effortlessly made, wonderfully creamy, and full of flavor – all without any cream of mushroom soup.
Green Bean Casserole
A close up shot of sauteed frozen green beans.
5 from 12 votes

How to Cook Frozen Green Beans

Here's how to cook frozen green beans so they’re crisp-tender, not mushy! Made with minimal ingredients and little effort, this is an easy side dish for those busy weeknights.
Frozen green beans
three different versions of mashed sweet potatoes in separate glass bowls. One with black beans and broccoli, second one with chicken and avocado, and third one with yogurt, hemp seeds, and turmeric
5 from 3 votes

Instant Pot Mashed Sweet Potatoes

This instant pot mashed sweet potatoes will make for an EASY side dish at Thanksgiving, Christmas, or any meal! It's also a healthy baby food.
Mashed sweet potatoes
An overhead shot of roasted orange vegetables with toddler's hand reaching for one.
5 from 2 votes

Roasted Sweet Potatoes and Carrots

Take your meals to the next level with these roasted sweet potatoes and carrots with caramelized exterior and tender, flavorful interior. This kid-friendly, sweet and savory side dish pairs well with any dish, really!
Roasted Sweet Potatoes and Carrots
An overhead shot of crispy and shiny parsnips with thyme.
5 from 1 vote

Honey Roasted Parsnips

These honey-roasted parsnips look and taste fancy but are super easy to make. Perfectly caramelized on the outside and tender on the inside, these are an impressive side dish for any meal or holiday gathering.
Honey Roasted Parsnips
Browned roasted frozen Brussels sprouts piled on a plate.
5 from 2 votes

How to cook frozen Brussels sprouts

Cook frozen Brussels sprouts so it's flavorful and tender, not soggy and bitter, with these simple tips! It's the perfect side dish that is both convenient and budget-friendly.
Brussels Sprouts
A close up shot of roasted brussels sprouts and carrots.
5 from 2 votes

Roasted Brussels Sprouts and Carrots

Super simple to make AND bursting with flavor, this roasted Brussels sprouts and carrots dish is irresistibly delicious straight out of the oven.
Roasted Brussels Sprouts and Carrots
Slow Cooker Dairy-Free Sweet Potato Casserole-3
5 from 1 vote

Slow Cooker Sweet Potato Casserole

Sweet Potato Casserole
5 from 2 votes

Roasted Butternut Squash with Turkey Stuffing

Butternut Squash Turkey Stuffing

Thanksgiving Fruit Recipes for Kids

Check out these sweet flavors that go great with turkey, mashed potatoes, or simply scooped up by the spoonful.

A close up shot of cranberry sauce in a white plate.
5 from 4 votes

Healthy Cranberry Sauce

4 ingredients and 15 minutes are all you need to make this naturally sweetened cranberry sauce. It is so much better than canned or store-bought sauce.
Cranberry Sauce
smooth and chunky applesauce in glass bowls.
5 from 5 votes

Homemade unsweetened applesauce

It is SO easy to make unsweetened applesauce at home and tastes better than store-bought. You can easily make it chunky or smooth depending on your preference.
Unsweetened Applesauce
Four cinnamon baked apple halves.
5 from 4 votes

Easy Roasted Apples

These healthy and easy roasted apples with warm spices are the perfect way to celebrate the fall and all year long.
Roasted Apples

Thanksgiving Recipes for Babies

Here are some great dishes for your baby’s first Thanksgiving, whether you’re doing baby-led weaning or purees. These guides ensure the right size and texture, allowing your little one to join the family at the table with ease.

Three orange sweet potatoes roasted whole.
5 from 10 votes

How to Cook Sweet Potatoes for Babies

Sweet potato is the perfect first food for babies. Here's how to cook it as well as serving suggestions for 6 months and up.
Sweet Potatoes
a close up shot of sliced moon shaped butternut squash.
5 from 6 votes

How to cook butternut squash for babies

Butternut squash is an amazing first food for babies. Here's how to cook it as well as serving suggestions for 6 months and up.
Butternut Squash
A visual showing how to serve pumpkin according to baby's age.
5 from 2 votes

Pumpkin Puree for Babies

Pumpkin is an amazing first food for babies. Serve this nutritious food to your baby with ease and confidence by using these cooking and serving tips and recipes.
Pumpkin Puree
Browned roasted frozen Brussels sprouts piled on a plate.
5 from 2 votes

How to cook frozen Brussels sprouts

Cook frozen Brussels sprouts so it's flavorful and tender, not soggy and bitter, with these simple tips! It's the perfect side dish that is both convenient and budget-friendly.
Brussels Sprouts
A graphic showing how to serve the apples depending on baby's age.
5 from 5 votes

Apples for Babies

Learn how to safely prepare and serve apple to babies as early as 6 months! You can puree or offer as a finger food for baby led weaning.
Apples
Pear hummus in a baby bowl and pear hummus on toast and cooked broccoli.
5 from 1 vote

Pear Hummus for Babies and Kids

Here's how to safely prepare and serve pear to babies 6 months and up! You can puree or offer as a finger food for baby led weaning.
Pear
beet hummus in a white bowl with hemp seeds and cilantro sprinkled on the left side
5 from 13 votes

Beet Hummus for Babies

Made with just 5 ingredients, this nut-free beet hummus is great for spoon feeding or baby led weaning.
Beet Hummus

Kid-Friendly Thanksgiving Breakfast

Kickstart your Thanksgiving day with these breakfast recipes. And the best part is that they’re all make-ahead wonders, freeing you up on the big day. These breakfast treats freeze well and are so tasty, you’ll find yourself enjoying them all year round.

An overhead shot of baked oatmeal with slice on green spatula.
5 from 23 votes

Vegan Baked Apple Oatmeal

This one pan baked apple oatmeal is so easy to make with 6 ingredients. It is egg-free and dairy-free and can be made ahead of time.
Baked Apple Oatmeal
A large plate with cooked waffles, toppings, and little hands grabbing them.
5 from 23 votes

Healthy Pumpkin Waffles Recipe

These light and fluffy pumpkin waffles are easy to make with simple ingredients. Enjoy them as a warm and cozy fall breakfast treat (or any time of the year).
Pumpkin Waffles
Stacked pancakes with maple syrup dripping down.
5 from 11 votes

Fluffy Carrot Pancakes

These carrot cake pancakes are fluffy, moist, and have just the right amount of sweetness! They are loaded with freshly grated carrots, walnuts, and a healthy way to have cake for breakfast.
Carrot Pancakes
Stacked pancakes with yogurt and pecans.
4.94 from 15 votes

Pumpkin Oatmeal Pancakes

Light and fluffy, these pumpkin oatmeal pancakes are made with just a handful of nutritious ingredients. Simply toss everything in the blender and enjoy this cozy breakfast in no time!
Pumpkin Oatmeal Pancakes
three sweet potato cookies for babies stacked on a wooden board
4.99 from 69 votes

Healthy Sweet Potato Cookies

These super moist sweet potato cakes made with just 5 simple ingredients, including chickpeas, oats, and chia seeds, are perfect for babies and toddlers.
Sweet Potato Cookies
Pumpkin yogurt topped with graham crackers and pecans.
5 from 5 votes

Pumpkin Yogurt

Transform your plain yogurt into a delightful pumpkin spice treat with this pumpkin yogurt recipe. It's a smart way to use up leftover pumpkin puree and make your yogurt experience even more enjoyable!
Pumpkin Yogurt
A close up shot of cooked pumpkin oatmeal with milk and pecans.
5 from 7 votes

Pumpkin Oatmeal

This cozy fall breakfast pumpkin oatmeal is a breeze to whip up and makes for a seriously delicious and hearty way to kickstart your day.
Pumpkin Oatmeal
A close up shot of 3 stacked cornbread.
5 from 8 votes

Healthy cornbread

Perfectly moist, fluffy, and slightly sweet this easy cornbread is the perfect side dish for any meal, including holiday gatherings.
Healthy Cornbread

Easy Roasted Turkey Breast

Here’s a hassle-free turkey breast option – ideal for smaller gatherings or when your child prefers turkey breast. With a shorter prep time, it’s a convenient choice for a range of events.

Sliced roasted turkey breast with vegetables and fresh sage.
5 from 2 votes

How to Roast a Turkey Breast

Learn how to roast a turkey breast perfectly for a holiday meal or everyday dinner. Crispy golden brown skin, juicy and flavorful, it's a guaranteed crowd pleaser.
Roasted Turkey Breast

Thanksgiving Pasta to Share with Kids

Now, it may sounds a bit out there, but trust me, these Thanksgiving pasta recipes are a total win with the kids. They’ve got those familiar flavors, and they’re a breeze to whip up. Give one a shot this year—it might just earn its spot as a new favorite on your Thanksgiving table!

Thanksgiving Asian Dishes

Adding a unique twist to the Thanksgiving table, I couldn’t resist bringing in some iconic Korean dishes from my heritage. For instance, our 40+ year old dumpling family recipe is a must for our Thanksgiving feast. It might seem unexpected, but these dishes bring a delightful Asian-inspired flair to the celebration.

pan fried dumplings on a plate with dipping sauce.
5 from 3 votes

Mandu Korean Dumplings

You can absolutely make juicy and flavorful mandu, or Korean dumplings, at home. And it's a lot easier than you may think! Let me show you with step-by-step instructions and different cooking methods.
Korean Dumplings
Cooked pancake slices on a white platter with dipping sauce.
5 from 53 votes

Korean Vegetable Pancakes

Soft and tender on the inside, crispy on the outside, these Korean vegetable pancakes are so easy to make! Enjoy as a tasty side dish or snack.
Korean Vegetable Pancakes
pumpkin porridge in a white bowl with a spoon to show its thickness
5 from 5 votes

Korean Pumpkin Porridge with Rice Dumplings

This vegan, gluten free Korean pumpkin porridge (hobakjuk) is super easy to make and is the perfect comfort food that can be enjoyed cold or hot. If you're looking for a healthy porridge recipe for your baby, give this one a try!
Korean Pumpkin Porridge

Thanksgiving Dessert for Kids

Can’t forget the sweets for Thanksgiving! Explore these easy and nourishing muffins, quick breads, and cookies that you can make ahead of time, and savor them throughout the year.

An eye-level shot of sliced bread.
5 from 4 votes

Cranberry Banana Bread

This healthy cranberry banana bread is a tasty way to enjoy fresh, juicy cranberries during the holiday season!
Cranberry Banana Bread
A close up shot of sliced bread.
4.98 from 41 votes

Healthy Pumpkin Banana Bread

Made with healthy ingredients, this moist pumpkin banana bread has all the warm pumpkin flavor with just the right amount of sweetness.
Pumpkin Banana Bread
Three muffins stacked on top of each other with the top one sliced in half.
4.98 from 42 votes

Healthy Pumpkin Banana Muffins

These healthy pumpkin banana muffins are super moist and have the perfect balance of natural sweetness and warm fall flavors
Pumpkin Banana Muffins
Three stacked bars.
4.96 from 43 votes

Healthy Pumpkin Oatmeal Bars

These pumpkin oatmeal bars are high in protein and low in sugar. Moist and packed with the flavors of fall, enjoy them as a delicious no fuss breakfast or snack!
Pumpkin Oatmeal Bars
Five baked cookies stacked.
5 from 25 votes

Healthy Pumpkin Cookies

Soft and chewy, these healthy pumpkin cookies couldn't be easier to make! You just need 4 ingredients and 15 minutes from start to finish
Pumpkin Cookies

Thanksgiving Leftovers

Finished turkey broth in a glass container.
5 from 1 vote

Turkey Broth

Transform your leftover turkey into a rich and savory broth with this easy step-by-step recipe. Store this homemade turkey broth in the fridge or freezer to add to soups, pasta, and a variety of dishes.
Homemade Turkey Broth
An overhead shot of curry in pan.
5 from 3 votes

Leftover Turkey Curry

This leftover turkey curry is a flavor-packed weeknight meal that requires minimal effort. With just 30 minutes it transforms holiday leftovers into an unforgettable dish.
Turkey Curry
An overhead shot of cooked turkey lentil soup with a wooden spoon.
5 from 8 votes

Turkey Lentil Soup

This turkey lentil soup is so easy to make and seriously good for you. This bowl is your go-to for a comforting, nutritious meal.
Turkey Lentil Soup

Tips for Navigating Thanksgiving with Kids

toddler pushing bowl away

Is your toddler becoming picky?

Arm yourself with these strategies that will transform your mealtimes!

There’s a real possibility that your child might end up just munching on a dinner roll and calling it a day. It can be a bit disheartening, but here are some reasons to explain why this might occur. Hopefully, these insights can ease the pressure both for you and your child.

  • Unfamiliar Dishes: This feast is a once-a-year affair, and many dishes new and unfamiliar.
  • Festive Distractions: they are often quite distracted amidst the hustle and bustle of family and friends coming together. I get that way too!
  • Complexity of Flavors: Thanksgiving dishes can be complex, combining sweet, savory, and tangy flavors, which might be overwhelming for young palates.
  • Trying to get a toddler to stay put at the table for an extended period? Good luck with that Olympic-level challenge!
  • Special Occasion: Thanksgiving is a unique event, and the novelty of the feast may contribute to children approaching it differently than everyday meals.

All this to say, pick one or more recipes from the kid-friendly Thanksgiving collection I’ve shared, whip up your feast, gather with your loved ones, and concentrate on making connections and enjoying a wonderful time around the table.

Instead of stressing over every bite your child takes, remember, even if they stick to a roll, it’s just one meal. They’re probably having a blast, which is what it’s all about. Then again, you never know; your child might surprise you with what they end up munching on!

About Min

Thank you so much for stopping by! I am Min, a Registered Dietitian, a Christ follower, a wife, and a mom to our two miracle babies! Currently, I’m having a ton of fun feeding their tummies and sharing our baby led weaning journey! Follow me on Instagram if interested in seeing daily menu as well as tips and tricks.

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