Thanksgiving side dish recipes from Walmarts

Want to make Thanksgiving extra special (and easy) this year? Enlist your kids as prep cooks to work alongside you for feast-making fun everyone at the dinner table will be grateful for.

From stuffing and sweet potatoes to green beans and Brussels sprouts, these twists on classic Thanksgiving favourites will turn kitchen prep time into quality family time.

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Herbed Vegetable Stuffing

Ready in: 50 minutes

Why we love it: What would a Thanksgiving be without at least one rendition of holiday stuffing loaded with herbs, carbs, and litres of love? Sage, thyme, parsley and mushrooms give this classic Thanksgiving side dish an earthy savouriness that will no doubt prompt everyone in the family to dig in their spoons for seconds.

How kids can help: Although most of the prep for this Thanksgiving stuffing involves the stove, the oven or a knife, your kiddos will love stirring all of the ingredients together in a large mixing bowl. Make it extra fun and interactive by challenging your young ones to count the bread cubes as they toss them in!

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Green Bean Casserole Cups Recipe

Ready in: 35 minutes

Why we love it: Few parenting victories feel as triumphant as successfully sneaking vegetables—especially green vegetables—into our children’s meals. These addictive hand-size bites combine some of their (and our) favourite ingredients—cheese, biscuit dough, and crispy onions—with a universally popular Thanksgiving side: green beans.

How kids can help: In many ways, muffin tins are to kids what balls of yarn are to cats: Pull one out of the cupboard and they’ll gather ’round, eager to investigate. Now that you have their full attention, separate the tasks into two: One sous chef can roll out each biscuit, and the other can press the rounds into the muffin cups and spoon them into the green bean mixture. After the first bake, they can share cheese-sprinkling duty!

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Crispy Brussels Sprouts Au Gratin

Ready in: 35 minutes

Why we love it: A hotly contentious crucifer, the Brussels sprout continues to garner a poor approval rating among little ones. That’s why we’ve given it an easy-peasy, Thanksgiving-friendly, tender-crisp glow-up that we guarantee will poll much more favourably with the palates at your dinner table who prefer their veggies smothered in cheese.

How kids can help: Put your team in charge of the prep: Measuring out the flour and milk, squeezing the lemon halves, plucking the thyme leaves off their stems, mixing all the ingredients together, and sprinkling on the cheese before you take over and pop this aromatic concoction into the oven.

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Roasted Sweet Potato Salad

Ready in: 60 minutes

Why we love it: With only four ingredients—just two of which require prep—this make-ahead Thanksgiving sweet potato recipe is not only low effort and nutrient dense, but offers a tart and tangy sweetness that balances out a predominantly savoury Thanksgiving menu.

How kids can help: While you peel and dice the sweet potatoes and apples, the kids can prepare the baking sheet and measure out both the dressing and the dried cranberries. Once the roasted sweet potatoes have cooled, let them toss all the salad ingredients together.

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Sweet potatoes are a delicious source of vitamin A and beta-carotene, which your body converts to vitamin A. Vitamin A helps maintain healthy skin and bones, and good night vision! [1]
Cranberry Quinoa Salad

Ready in: 30 minutes

Why we love it: This Thanksgiving salad ticks off every food group, every taste preference, and every texture that a single dish possibly can. The fibre-rich quinoa, raw red onion, tart cranberries, creamy chèvre, crunchy pepitas, and acidic dressing unite in one harmonious bite that promises to be loved by parents and kiddos alike.

How kids can help: Once all the ingredients are prepped and set out, your little ones can easily customize this dish to their liking by deciding how much of each ingredient to toss in, whether that means going light on onions or dropping in handfuls of goat cheese!

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  1.  Health Canada. Vitamin A.

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