Kid-Friendly Thanksgiving Menu

Turkey Day will go off without a hitch when you include dishes designed for a kid's picky palate. Try our recipes for childproof twists on Thanksgiving favorites -- that you'll enjoy too.

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Alexander Rowley

Sweet-Potato Crunch

Sweet potatoes can be a hard sell to the under-10 set. Try sweetening the superfood with orange peel and pumpkin-pie spice, then top with a crunchy layer of corn flakes, brown sugar, and pecans. You just might win a few converts.

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Mark Ferri

Ice Cream Pumpkin Pie

We've heard of picky eaters not liking pie. But ice cream pie? Not possible. To make this twist on classic pumpkin pie, scoop chocolate chip ice cream onto a cooled graham cracker crust. Then spread a layer of vanilla ice cream -- punched up with canned pumpkin -- over the top and garnish with chocolate curls.

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Charles Schiller

Roast Turkey Breast

A Thanksgiving truth: Kids like white meat best (good luck getting them to try any other parts). Make sure there's plenty to pass with this whole turkey breast, lightly flavored with lemon pepper and Italian seasoning.

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How to Roast Right

Get great tips on roasting for holiday meal success.

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Scalloped Corn

On first look, your kids might turn up their noses at this corn casserole. With a base of corn, French onion sour cream dip, and corn muffin mix, what it lacks in appearance it more than makes up for in creamy decadence.

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Alexander Rowley

Cheesy Potatoes

This make-ahead potato dish is the ultimate comfort food for the whole family. To make it even more kid friendly, swap Gruyere for Cheddar or another cheese your kids like.

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Paula Hible

Crinkly Carrot Fries

If you've never bought the wisdom that french fries count as a vegetable, this recipe might change your mind. Slice carrots into 1/2-inch-wide sticks -- with a crinkle cutter, if possible. Toss with olive oil and salt. Bake until crisp.

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Brian Hagiwara

Angel-Food Cake Roll

Cranberry sauce probably won't get much love from the kids at the dinner table, but you can sneak some of the Thanksgiving staple into their meal with this spongy Angel Food Cake Roll filled with an easy cranberry curd.

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Turkey & Rice

Intent on including your toddler in the holiday festivities? Set aside a portion of turkey breast, finely chop, and combine with white rice.

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Turkey Amandine Casserole

Use leftover turkey to make this easy next-day casserole. Topped with toasted almonds, the dish is rich and creamy thanks to Alfredo sauce and shredded cheese. Sliced celery and croutons add a welcome crunch.

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Applesauce Cake with Caramel Sauce

Use a Mom and kid favorite -- applesauce -- as a base for this sweet dessert, which you might offer as a yummy alternative to pumpkin pie. Garnished with caramel sauce, whipped cream, and pecans, this cake is a guaranteed scene-stealer.

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Kate Mathis

Southern Biscuits

Sop up gravy with flaky biscuits straight out of Dixie. Bake a batch ahead of time or serve while still warm from the oven. Either way, they're sure to disappear quickly.

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Joseph DeLeo

Spaghetti Squash

Kids will love how this super-healthy seasonal side looks like spaghetti. Simply shred squash into strands using a fork and flavor with an herbed butter sauce.

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Miki Duisterhof

Frosted Pumpkin Cupcakes

Frosted pumpkin cupcakes, with pretzel sticks as stems, double as seasonal decor -- at least until they start flying off the plate.

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