3 Kid-friendly Thanksgiving dishes

Claire Gallam

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If you think feeding your kids on a random weekday is hard, try Thanksgiving! All of the vegetables, sauces and unique side dishes often leave your picky eaters with their noses in the air. Instead of making them a whole new meal, why not whip up these kid (and adult) approved side dishes? Using kid-friendly ingredients like cheese and sausage, you'll easily win over even your harshest of critics!

Mini basil cornbread muffins

These mini basil cheddar cornbread muffins, savory sausage stuffing and twice-baked mashed potatoes will instantly become favorites at the kids' table (and adults' table) this Thanksgiving. By pairing ingredients they wouldn't normally eat (like healthy vegetables and herbs) with things they love (like cheese, butter and sausage) you can easily trick them into trying new foods!

Mini basil cornbread muffins

Yields about 24


  • 1 cup yellow cornmeal
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • Dash of salt
  • 1 tablespoon fresh rosemary, chopped
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 egg white
  • 2/3 cup buttermilk
  • 4 tablespoons sugar
  • 1/4 cup unsweetened applesauce
  • 1/3 cup olive oil
  • 1/2 cup Parmesan cheese


  1. Preheat your oven to 375 degrees F. Grease a mini muffin pan with nonstick cooking spray or lined with paper liners.
  2. In a medium bowl, mix the cornmeal, flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt together until fully mixed. Add in the basil and stir.
  3. In another bowl, add the eggs, milk, applesauce, sugar and oil. Using a hand electric mixer beat on low until the mixture is fully combined and the sugar has dissolved. Slowly add the flour mixture to the wet mixture, beating between each addition.
  4. Using a wooden spoon, gently stir in the cheese. Pour the batter into the greased muffin cavities about 2/3 the way full.
  5. Bake the muffins for 15 – 20 minutes, or until golden brown and a toothpick inserted comes out clean.

Savory sausage stuffing

Savory sausage stuffing

Yields about 4 cups


  • 3 cups of store-bought stuffing mix
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 1/2 cup chopped carrots and celery
  • 1/4 cup chopped onions
  • 1/4 cup chopped mushrooms
  • 2 chicken sausages, sliced
  • 1-1/2 cups chicken broth
  • Salt and pepper to taste


  1. In a large 3-quart pan, heat the butter. Add the onions and cook until fragrant, about 2 minutes. Add in the carrots, celery, sausage and mushrooms and cook another 4 minutes, or until soft. Add the broth and bring the mixture to a boil. Once boiling, add the stuffing mix.
  2. Reduce the heat to low and cook for about 5 minutes, or until the bread is moistened. Season with salt and pepper.

Twice baked mashed potatoes

Twice-baked mashed potatoes

Serves about 6


  • 6 russet potatoes
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon sea salt
  • 1/2 cup butter
  • 1/2 cup sour cream
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 1 tablespoon sea salt
  • 1/2 tablespoon ground black pepper
  • 1 cup cheddar cheese
  • 1 teaspoon parsley

For the directions on how to make these, check out the recipe here on SheKnows >>

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Claire Gallam
Claire is an aspiring nutritionist (and soon to be culinary student) with a serious addiction to bacon, wine, goat cheese and online shopping. She is recently married to a social media guru who loves *almost* everything she conjures up. In addition to writing for the Food section of SheKnows, she is a full-time recipe creator (and taste tester), a writer for FabulousFoods.com and a contributing writer for the Home and Gardening section of SheKnows. You can also follow her daily musings and find delicious healthy recipes on her food blog, The Realistic Nutritionist.

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