Babble.com has a slide show of kid-friendly (dare I say kid-focused) Thanksgiving side dishes that gave me pause.
The most creative side dishes were cranberry sauce molded to look like turkeys and soup served in tiny little pumpkins.
The slide show made me feel guilty that I didn’t think more about amusing my kids’ bouches, instead of just making yummy (mostly traditional family recipes) that I think everyone will like.
For example, the kids don’t like sweet potato soufflé so we are also having mashed potatoes. And while they like broccoli they don’t like my mom’s broccoli rice casserole (I don’t either!) so we are also having beans. (They’ll eat the turkey, stuffing and rolls.)
The desert is where I did really take them into consideration. I knew I was going to make my mother-in-law’s pecan tarts (because they are super tasty and easy). The kids like them OK but I wanted to also make a desert that the kids would go nuts for so I am making a chocolate hazelnut tart – basically Neutella in pie-form.
But should I feel guilty if I am not forming things into turkeys and putting soup into adorable baby pumpkins? (Would those cute pumpkins really make your kids eat the soup?)
Is the Babble web site thinking too hard about making this meal not just kid-friendly but kid-focused or am I not thinking enough?
What’s on your menu that will appeal to kids? What did you add just for the kids? How much did you take into consideration making the meal whimsical for your kids?
- by Theresa Walsh Giarrusso, Momania blog