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Thanksgiving Food for Kids: 13 Adventurous Ideas

When it comes to Thanksgiving food for kids, beat the food blues with these adventurous ideas.

Thanksgiving food ideas for kids

When I scroll through Pinterest for interesting and healthy Thanksgiving food for kids, I see a lot of desserts.

I mean, a lot.

Candy doused in chocolate and shaped into pilgrim hats. Bugles paired with M & M’s for a “snack mix.” And leftover Halloween candy corn repurposed into “Turkey Toes.”

Didn’t we just have Halloween? Haven’t our kids already gorged on enough candy? Does Thanksgiving need to showcase more candy?

No wonder it’s so hard for parents to manage sweets! They just keep coming.

Healthy Thanksgiving Food Ideas

This Thanksgiving, I’m bucking the trend of candy and desserts. I’m taking a different angle and sharing some ideas that showcase healthy Thanksgiving food ideas for kids.

Food you can be proud to serve, knowing it’s healthy, nutritious and delicious.

After all, there will be plenty of pie to eat!

Thanksgiving Appetizer Ideas for Kids

From a kids-make-it turkey veggie platter to apples and cheddar appetizer, start the Thanksgiving holiday with some of these tasty appetizers.

A Veggie Turkey Platter

Thanksgiving food ideas for kids

Make a veggie turkey platter using a variety of fresh vegetables assembled into the shape of a turkey.

Add veggie dips on the side for those kiddos who love to dip.

Note: there’s no recipe here, but this is the list of veggies I use: carrots, celery, black olives, green olives, grape tomatoes, sliced radishes, and gherkins (small pickles).

I used fresh thyme for the tail (I have this on hand for my turkey roasting).

Kabocha Flatbread with Roasted Grapes and Shallots

Looking for a great way to diversify your appetizers while challenging your kids’ taste buds? Savory and tasty, this is the recipe for you!

Thanksgiving food ideas for kids

Cheddar Apple Turkey Appetizer

Another cute appetizer that is sure to tempt the taste buds of your little one—and his curiosity! Get the recipe now!

thanksgiving food ideas for kids

Squash Soup

Flavorful, creamy and showcasing seasonal squash, this soup is a nice start to a Thanksgiving meal.

If your kids are little, start with a small portion and show them the manners with which soup is eaten: lean over the bowl so they don’t drip everywhere and try not to slurp!

This recipe will be a crowd pleaser.

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Grilled Corn, Tomatoes, and Avocado in Bread Cups

Colorful and easy to hold for little hands, try these yummy bread cups as an appetizer before the big meal gets underway. Recipe here.

Thanksgiving food ideas for kids

Thanksgiving Side Dishes for Kids

Spice up the holiday with some new side dish ideas!

Low Sugar Cranberry Salsa

Ditch the canned cranberry sauce and use this fresh take on cranberry relish. Easy-peasy to prepare, and your guests, young and old, will enjoy it. 

Thanksgiving food for kids

Green Chile Corn Casserole

This isn’t spicy, I promise! Give it a whirl—you might be surprised at all the little turkeys that ask for more! 

Thanksgiving food for kids

Carrots with Feta Cheese and Toasted Pine Nuts

Colorful and nutrient-dense, this recipe will not only tantalize the taste buds, it will also spark the familiarity only carrots and kids can know.

Ditch the pine nuts if you have an allergic child at the Thanksgiving table {that’s what I do}.

Thanksgiving food for kids

Parmesan Truffle Parsnip Fries

Honestly, I didn’t try parsnips until a couple of years ago. This recipe is just another way to keep them kid-friendly.

They look like they’d go great with a turkey sandwich! Make sure this recipe is in your collection.

Thanksgiving food for kids

Carrots, Dates and Mint Salad

What a combination of ingredients! I dare say that not many kids get to eat this combination of flavors on a regular basis. Give this recipe a try!

Thanksgiving food for kids

Apple Waldorf Salad

I smiled when I saw this recipe—it was one of my favorites growing up. My grandmother served it on several holidays, and we devoured it. I bet yours will too! Get the recipe here.

Thanksgiving food for kids

Thanksgiving Desserts for Kids

Next to the pumpkin pie, try serving up some of these kid-friendly desserts!

Fruit Cornucopia

A cornucopia is a symbol of plenty, typically consisting of a goat’s horn overflowing with flowers, fruit, and corn.

I don’t have a goat’s horn, but I do have a waffle cone. Fill a waffle cone with fresh fruit! In this cornucopia, I used berries and grapes.

Thanksgiving food for kids

Pumpkin Turkey Muffins

A perfect, morning-after breakfast or dessert idea for all the little ones. These pumpkin muffins get a face-lift with some apples and grapes. Get the recipe here.

Thanksgiving food for kids

What Thanksgiving food for kids will you be serving this year?

This article was originally published in November 2015 | Updated in November 2020.

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  1. Love the little turkeys…especially how easy they are to make. I’m heading out of town this year for Thanksgiving, but will have to flag these for next year.