Cooking With Kids Thursday: Thanksgiving side dishes

Thanksgiving is only a week away!  Yikes!  Hopefully everyone is resting up for the big day (and the big day after).  Making Thanksgiving dinner can be so time consuming and exhausting and sometimes the little ones don’t really appreciate the lack of undivided attention from you, often asking if they can “help.”  Meanwhile, the older kids tend to be impatient, constantly asking when dinner will be ready. If you are looking for a way to include your kiddos in all the prep work for the big feast, if for no other reason than to stop the whining and constant questions, then I found some great ideas for you.  Thanks to CSAHM and Frecklebox for the ideas!

For younger kids the no bake route is probably best.  Try this no-bake pumpkin pie recipe.  Here is what you need:

  • 1 package of vanilla instant pudding mix (3.4 ounce box)
  • 1 1/2 cups milk (preferably 2% or whole)
  • 1 can pumpkin (15 ounces)
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • (1) 9 inch graham cracker crumb pie shell
  • Whipped cream for the topping

Here is how to make it -> No Bake Pumpkin Pie Tutorial  (While you are checking that out, be sure to look at the Pocahontas Pudding recipe as well.)

For older kids, try this cornbread recipe.  Here is what you need:

  • 1 cup yellow cornmeal
  • 1 cup flour
  • ½ cup sugar
  • 1 tablespoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/3 cup cooking oil
  • 1 egg, slightly beaten
  • 1 cup milk

Here is how to make it -> Cornbread Tutorial


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