Kid-friendly Thanksgiving Recipes

23 November 2016

Thanksgiving Day is a good chance to teach your child about some family traditions. Helping in the kitchen can be one of them. Sharing culinary creativity is useful and enjoyable for mom and kids. Children imitate their parents, and by watching you in the kitchen, you can help ensure that your little ones learn the “secrets” of cooking simple meals. Plus, you’ll get them away from their trendy gadgets for a little while and help them boost their creativity as well.


Certainly, you can ask your children to help you with the main dishes, but you can also offer them the chance to create something on their own. Here are some very simple recipes that children can make all by themselves, without needing an adult’s help.

For canapés you can use anything you have in the refrigerator: cheese, ham, sausage, olives, greens and lettuce, peppers etc. Cut the ingredients into small cubes and let the kids compose the canapés.

For a fun and interesting addition to your Thanksgiving menu, include wishing candies. All you need are your kids’ favorite candies, paper, small pieces of fabric, and decorative thread. Ask your children to cut paper into short strips and write wishes with colorful pencils. Cut a few squares of fabric to match the size of the candies you have. Lay a piece of fabric down, put one of the papers with wishes and a candy on top of it. Collect all corners of the cloth and tie them up with a ribbon. If you have the time and desire, you can even make candy from scratch.

Smores are another American tradition, and kids will enjoy both cooking and eating them. This simple and incredibly tasty dessert includes just three ingredients: graham crackers, chewy marshmallow and a bit of chocolate. Melt the marshmallow in the oven and place the melted marshmallow on a graham cracker. Put a piece of chocolate on the other graham cracker. Put one cracker on top of the other, creating a sandwich, and lightly squeeze with your fingers. Melted, sticky marshmallow will stick together all the components into a single unit, and its heat will melt the chocolate.

You will need something to drink, so it would be a good idea to prepare some lemonade. You will need: 9 lemons, 1.5 cups of sugar, and several glasses of drinking water. Start with washing the lemons and squeeze the juice of 8 lemons, you should have about 1.5 cups of juice. Put the sugar in the saucepan and pour in 1 cup of water. Put it on the fire, bring to a boil and cook until the sugar is completely dissolved. Mix the lemon juice and remaining water in a large jar, pour syrup and stir. Put your lemonade in the refrigerator and cool it well. You still have one lemon left. Cut it in circles and add to the lemonade before putting the jar on the table.

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