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Beyond Mashed Potatoes: No-Sweat Side Dishes

Thanksgiving is a great time to add new recipes to your repertoire, so we came up with a list of amazing side dishes that are mild enough for the kids but will still wow the adult palates. Don’t worry, these recipes are very manageable even with all the craziness surrounding the holidays so check ‘em out below.

Remember to check the serving size because you may need to adjust the measurements depending on how many people you are cooking for!

Beyond Mashed Potatoes…

Rosemary Balsamic Roasted Potatoes
Roasting potatoes is a simple way to bring out the flavors and create a crispy outside that reminds kids of French Fries. It’s great for you because once you put it in the oven you don’t need to keep an eye on it. Spread the chopped pieces of potatoes on a baking sheet, drizzle some olive oil, sprinkle some spices, pop it in the oven and wait for the DING!

Apple Bacon Stuffed Sweet Potatoes
Packed with kid-friendly flavors like bacon and apples, this is a great dish to make beforehand and reheat in the oven just before serving. These flavorful spuds are perfect if you’re planning to be a guest at someone’s house for Thanksgiving. We’re pretty sure this dish will earn you a repeat invitation next year.

Heirloom Apple/Sweet Potato Tian
Don’t let the “tian” intimidate you–this dish is basically just a casserole. Once you thinly slice the apples and potatoes, have your helpers arrange them in the dish (Make it fun by telling them it’s kind of like a food puzzle!). Once the slices are set, top it will olive oil, honey, cinnamon, nutmeg, and butter before putting it in the oven. Easy to serve and great for traveling.

Corn Isn’t Just For Summertime…

Sweet Honey Corn Bread
Instead of plain rolls, why not corn bread? This sweet honey corn bread is super kid-friendly and they will love helping make the dough! An added bonus: corn bread is a great tool to soak up the leftover juices on the plate!

Creamy Corn Pudding
It’s pudding…how will the kid’s resist?! This creamy corn dish can be made ahead of time and warmed before the meal. It’s also super easy to serve–all you need is a spoon!

Sweet Corn on the Grill
This corn is topped with a homemade aioli and cheddar cheese. Grilling only takes about 10 to 15 minutes and you can make the aioli while the cobs are cooking. Kids will love painting the aioli on the corn and sprinkling the cheese. Using the grill will also free up oven space.

Roast your Way to Yum…
Roasted side dishes are awesome because once you pop the goods in the oven you don’t have to think about it until it’s done, giving you time to focus on your next dish. Plus, you can use your ovens to prep multiple items at the same time. Already roasting your turkey? It’s totally okay to cook a pan of veggies while the turkey is in there. Or, you can always roast your veggies ahead of time, reheat, and serve.

Roasted Cauliflower
Roasting is easy and yields some powerful flavor especially when it comes to cauliflower. Plus cauliflower is very light, so it’s a nice addition to a feast with a lot of heavy dishes like stuffing and potatoes. The crispy outside will lure the kids for sure.

Caramelized Chili Acorn Squash
All you need is squash, oil, brown sugar, salt, and chili flakes! Spread the bites on a pan sprinkle the flavors. The great thing about squash is that it doesn’t overcook easily so you are sure to come away with a smashing dish!

Roasted Rosemary Parsnips
While your kids probably don’t know what parsnips are, they make for a great kid-friendly side dish because they are basically sweeter versions of carrots and look like French fries when cooked like this. Super sweet and really delicious!

Garlic Soy Green Beans
You only have to roast these beans for 15 minutes, stirring occasionally, so it’s a good idea to make them while the turkey is cooling just before the meal. All you need is vegetable or peanut oil, sliced red peppers, sliced garlic cloves, soy sauce and sesame seeds.

Tell us about your favorite Thanksgiving side dishes! Which recipes are traditions for your family?

– Parham B

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