Thanksgiving is a great time for the family to get together, bond and share a meal. Preparing Thanksgiving dinner is also a wonderful teaching opportunity for little ones. Cooking is a great time to bond with your kids and encourage innovative thinking. Cooking teaches children valuable life skills, math, science, asking and answering questions and more. Bonus — picky eaters tend to be more willing to try foods they have helped prepared! Here are four simple recipes to try with your kids this Thanksgiving.
Fruit Salad Cornucopias
Fruit salad is a simple dish for kids to put together and these adorable cornucopias will look great on your Thanksgiving table.
- Seedless grapes
- 1 tbs lemon juice mixed with 1 tbs water
- Any other fresh fruit you enjoy — get creative!
- Waffle cones
- Wash all fresh fruits together with your child.
- Cut up apples and kiwi with a sharp knife. Allow your child to cut up bananas with a butter knife (if this is an age-appropriate task for your child).
- Allow your child to stir fruit together. Add in the lemon juice mixed with water and stir a few times (to prevent apples from browning).
- Spoon fruit into waffle cone “cornucopias.”
- Have fun plating these as a centerpiece.
This fresh and simple dip is a great lighter dessert. You can serve it whatever dippers you prefer. Granny smith apples, graham crackers and pretzel sticks go well with this dip.
- 1 cup 100% pure pre-cooked pumpkin
- ½ cup confectioners’ sugar
- 1 8 oz package of cream cheese, softened
- ½ teaspoon pumpkin pie spice
- Whipped topping, thawed
- Dippers of your choice – apples, graham crackers, etc.
- Help your child add all ingredients to a large mixing bowl except the whipped topping.
- Use an electric mixer on medium and beat the ingredients together until smooth and creamy.
- Fold in whipped topping using a spoon and mix until just blended. Refrigerate the mixture until you’re ready to serve.
- Enjoy this tasty dip with your favorite dippers.
These bright veggies pack a great vitamin punch and even the pickiest eater will be willing to try after a whiff of these when they come out of the oven.
- 2 pounds carrots
- 2 tbs fresh thyme
- Salt and pepper to taste
- 3 tbs extra virgin olive oil
- Preheat the oven to 425 degrees.
- Peel and chop carrots into 1-inch sections. Depending on your child’s age, peeling the carrots might be an appropriate task using a peeler, but leave the chopping to the adults.
- Toss the carrot pieces in olive oil in a bowl.
- Spread the carrots out in a single layer on a baking sheet. Season with salt, pepper and thyme.
- Roast the carrots in the oven about 20 minutes or until they are caramelized and tender.
Enjoy making these recipes and more with your little ones this Thanksgiving season!