Carrot and Pumpkin Turkey Snack

How kids can help:
Assemble the turkey on plates.

What you need:

  • Pumpkin bread/ muffin
  • Carrots
  • Seedless red grapes
  • Seedless green grapes
  • Slice of apple

Cut a round slice of pumpkin bread or a pumpkin muffin for the turkey body. Wash and peel carrots, then cut lengthwise slices. Cut feathers and legs from these slices. Cut the end from a red grape and use large piece for head. Cut “wattle” from a thin apple slice and, using a small straw, cut out two little eyes. Moistness of apple will make eyes stick to the turkey’s head. Arrange on plate.

Helpful Note
Swap out the carrots for apple slices or any other favorite vegetable.

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Kids’ DIY Turkey Muffins

Kids can help:
Each child can build their own turkey muffin.

What you need:

  • Pumpkin muffins
  • Red apple
  • Green apple
  • Sliver of carrot
  • Squeezable icing — eyes

From each apple, cut a slice from the side of the apple. Set flat and cut squared-off, tapered feathers. Cut a small beak from a thin slice of carrot. Make a slit in the end of a green grape and dab off excess moisture. Insert beak into grape. Poke small ends of feathers into muffin and set head on muffin, resting on the muffin paper. Once assembled, add tiny dot eyes with icing.

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“Ice Cream” Mashed Potatoes – Chocolate, Vanilla, and Strawberry

Here is a really cool way to get your kids to eat their veggies this Thanksgiving.  Interesting and creative kids menus can take some of the stress out of the holiday season.

How kids can help:

Mixing, and taste-testing, all three variations of potatoes.

What you need:

Sweet potatoes
3 medium sweet potatoes
2 Tbsp. creamer
2 Tbsp. maple syrup
1 Tbsp. brown sugar
1/2 Tsp. vanilla

Red or white potatoes
6 Red potatoes or 3 medium white potatoes
3 Tbsp. milk
2 Tbsp. sour cream or plain Greek yogurt
Sea salt to taste

Chocolate flavored potatoes
White potatoes (use a scoop of the above white mashed potatoes)
1 Tbsp. milk
1 Tsp. Hot chocolate mix

For each variation, peel and cube potatoes. Boil in water, until tender, about 20 minutes. Add ingredients as listed for each flavor and mix. Remember when mashing potatoes, that you need a thick enough consistency to “scoop”.

For the White Potatoes– additional milk or sour cream can be added as needed. Also, before serving add a dab of light butter.

Scoops can be formed with an ice cream scoop for a serving dish or for individual servings use a melon scoop.

Just for Fun:
Serve mashed potato scoops to kids in a flat-bottom ice cream cone.

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