Thanksgiving Sides for Kids

 Thanksgiving,Dinner,For Moms
October 23, 2012

Give a vegetable a fun name and kids will eat more.

Accordion Potatoes
High Cotton Food Styling & Photography

“X-ray Vision Carrots?” “Dinosaur Trees?” Give a vegetable a fun name and kids will eat more. Brian Wansink, a Cornell University professor and author of Mindless Eating: Why We Eat More than We Think, knows that for a fact. In a recent study, Wansink and fellow researchers found that preschoolers ate twice as many carrots when the veggie was given the playful moniker. Accordion Potatoes, anyone?

Looking for  ways to keep your kid’s entertained while you’re cooking the Thanksgiving meal? Check out these fun activities.

Dippers for Green Beans

Green Beans with Maple Mustard Glaze

A sweet-tangy sauce for green beans that kids will love. You can make it a day ahead.

Green Beans with Fig and Pumpkin Seeds

Green Beans with Figs and Pumpkin Seeds

A sauce for green beans that both kids and adults will love.

Brussels Sprouts with Browned Butter and Bacon

Roasted Brussels Sprouts with Bacon and Brown Butter

Give these Brussels Sprouts a new name to tempt the kids into eating them. They'll love the browned butter and bacon. Barbie Cabbages, anyone?

Sweet Potato Planks

Sweet Potato Planks

Skip the marshmallows (and extra sugar). The kids will love the super-sized orange "fries" loaded with beta carotene.

Accordion Potatoes

Accordion Potatoes

These are such a nice change from the usual baked or mashed potatoes, and your kids can peel off one little bite at a time.


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