We believe holiday meals can be easy to prepare and family-friendly, yet still impressive. When we're getting ready for company, our daughter Parker loves to help, whether it's tearing mint or "taste-testing."
This flavorful puree easily doubles as baby food.
For a chunkier spread, we pour the cooked peas into a zip-top bag and let Parker smoosh them with a rolling pin.
These chops are a perfect finger food for little ones.
If it's too chilly to grill, cook the chops under the broiler or on a grill pan.
Just like grown-ups, kids eat with their eyes first, so we try to make all our dishes look colorful and appealing. These carrots definitely fit the bill!
One of our favorite expressions is "big flavor for little mouths." We give Parker the chance to try everything. Most of the time she loves things as much as we do -- especially these cheesy potatoes!
For dessert, let the kids enjoy what the adults are eating. This cool, velvety treat comes together in less than half an hour.
To save time day-of, prep and freeze your pie the day before. Defrost for 15 minutes before serving.
Originally published in the April 2014 issue of Parents magazine.