Kid-approved Thanksgiving recipes

Get your kids excited about the holidays by letting them help out in the kitchen. Kids who participate in the cooking process tend to eat a wider variety of foods and have more adventurous palates (not to mention that any help is always appreciated in the kitchen!).

Here are some of our favorite Thanksgiving recipes that your whole family will adore:

Thanksgiving breakfast ideas

Maple Caramelized Apples with French Toast
If you're not eating your Thanksgiving meal until late afternoon or evening you might want to consider indulging in a yummy breakfast.
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Apple Muffins
You can make these the night before and simply warm them up on Thanksgiving morning and serve with a side of bacon, fruit or homemade apple sausage.
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Old-Fashioned Apple-Cranberry Crisp
We know, crisps are technically a dessert dish but, come on, it's a holiday! Live it up and eat this for breakfast.
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The star of the show

A Perfect and Easy Roast Turkey
This recipe is tried, true and delicious. You won't be disappointed.
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Alongside the turkey, you'll probably want an outstanding gravy and broth.
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Thanksgiving side dish ideas

Thanksgiving Oven Roasted Vegetables
Roasting vegetables in the oven gives them a wonderful, robust flavor and caramelizes the natural sugars making them irresistible.
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Smashed Potatoes
A Thanksgiving table staple kicked up a notch by adding some nutmeg and sour cream.
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Decadent Thanksgiving Potatoes
Go all out with this potato side dish by adding sour cream, grated cheese and nutmeg. (Think of twice-baked potatoes in a pan, versus adding them back to the skins.)
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Roasted Butternut Squash Risotto
If you're not a mashed potato lover then consider adding a taste of northern Italy your Thanksgiving menu. The butternut squash in the dish will please those who like to keep things more traditional.
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Thanksgiving dessert ideas

Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Squares
Pumpkin pies are delicious, but no one can say no to chocolate. Plus, these square are loaded with antioxidants and almost good for you. 
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Rustic Apple Tart
We love this recipe because sometimes making a traditional pie requires a little too much perfection to pull it all together. This tart is simple, pretty and so tasty!
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Pumpkin Whoopie Pies
This dessert combines all of fall's favorite flavors like ginger, nutmeg and cloves. Plus, these handheld treats can easily be made to bite-sized treats.
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Pumpkin Cheesecake
Get into the holiday spirit with a crust made of gingersnap cookies. Your kids will love help you smashing the cookies!
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Pumpkin-Ginger Cake with Brown Butter Icing
For this recipe, let your kids help you by reading the recipe, measuring the ingredients and stirring everything together. Bonus points if they help you roast and harvest the pumpkin for the puree.
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What to do with all those Thanksgiving leftovers

Homemade Butternut Squash Ravioli
If you have some extra butternut squash lying around from your Thanksgiving dinner then try your hand at making homemade ravioli. Kids will love to help make these little, delectable gems by rolling out the dough and getting their hands dirty. Don't forget to store the extras in the freezer!
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Soupe au Pistou (Turkey Noodle Soup)
Let this hearty soup simmer on the stovetop while you count your Black Friday shopping savings.
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Black Bean and Chicken Chili with Butternut Squash with Spinach
You cooked and prepped all day Thursday so go ahead and take it easy on Sunday. Throw everything into the crock pot and enjoy a warm bowl of chili while watching the Patriot's beat the Jets.
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