My friend, Tyane, over at http://boymomblessed.com was kind enough to share these kid friendly dishes to help us survive Christmas! You can also find her on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/ boymomblessed2
Ten Kid-Friendly Food Ideas to Create this Christmas
Christmas is a fantastic time of year to gather with family and friends. While most gatherings involve fun, unique, creative foods, kids tend to turn their nose up at anything and everything. We want what’s best for our kids, but they don’t seem to like green bean casseroles or vegetable trays.
As a mom of four boys, I was also blessed with picky eaters. Holiday dinners are a nightmare when family doesn’t create at least one or two kid-friendly dishes. As much as family tries to cater to my picky ones, I always take a dish they are guaranteed to eat. So here, I create my ten favorite kid-friendly ideas that won’t leave those little ones disappointed.
*Sweet Potato Casserole-Pinch of Yum (http://pinchofyum.com/sweet-potato-casserole)
Personally, I’m not a fan of sweet potatoes, yams, whatever you wish to call them. Kids, on the other hand, LOVE THEM!! It’s either the color appeal or the sweet factor, but a simple dish like this should be at all kid-friendly gatherings. Even if they only eat the marshmallow topping.
*Cheesy Broccoli and Rice Casserole-Spend With Pennies (http://www.spendwithpennies.com/broccoli-rice-casserole-scratch)
Cheese, need I say more? This dish wins the heart of my boys, and I use chopped broccoli (even smaller bits of broccoli than broccoli cuts) for my casserole. This recipe also doesn’t include “cream of XYZ” soups, which means it’s healthy!
*Green Beans with Bacon-Taste of Home (http://www.tasteofhome.com/recipes/quick-green-beans-with-bacon)
Another kid favorite ingredient is included in this dish…bacon (well, my favorite too, but this is an article for the kids’ taste buds). While most people go for the canned green beans, I prefer to make this with fresh green beans. It may take a few minutes longer to prepare, but it’s so worth it! It’s okay if you prefer to use canned beans though…I won’t unfriend you!
*Sweet Corn Casserole-Show Me the Yummy (http://showmetheyummy.com/creamy-corn-casserole/)
If your kids love corn bread…they will love this easy casserole. It includes two types of corn, Jiffy cornbread mix, butter and sour cream. My kids love this casserole so much, they often ask for corn cake at all family gatherings.
*Macaroni and Cheese Casserole-Add a Pinch (http://addapinch.com/the-best-ever-macaroni-and-cheese/)
Another kid-friendly dish with cheese. I make so many different mac and cheese variations, but my favorite calls for Ritz cracker crumbles on top. I guess you could also call it grown-up cheese and crackers.
Now that we have covered the side dishes, here are some tasty desserts that please!
*Rice Krispies Trees-Sweet and Simple Living (http://sweetandsimpleliving.com/christmas-tree-rice-krispies/)
This treat is one of my favorites to make with my boys every holiday season. It’s tasty and super easy. I’ve used cookie cutter shapes to make ornaments and stockings, too. The boys love decorating their own with candies and frostings. An easy alternative to cookies.
*Peanut Butter Blossoms-Sally’s Baking Addiction (http://sallysbakingaddiction.com/2016/12/09/classic-peanut-butter-blossoms/)
One of the easiest and tastiest cookies out there. You really can’t go wrong with a chocolate and peanut butter combination, especially in cookie form. These cookies are perfect for holiday cookie trays and are favored by most, big and small.
*Cream Cheese Sugar Cookies-BoyMom Blessed (http://boymomblessed.com/download/668/)
A few years ago, I found an awesome roll-out sugar cookie recipe. While I don’t like my sugar cookies too sugary, the cream cheese makes them taste so much better. You can find my variation here and print out the recipe to try for yourself. Take them to a holiday dinner, and you will leave that night with an empty tray.
*Christmas tree Cupcakes-Just a Taste (http://www.justataste.com/chocolate-christmas-tree-cupcakes-cream-cheese-frosting/)
When all else fails, you can provide cupcakes. I made this variation last year, and the kids loved the edible trees. The frosting was also fluffy and amazing. My family complimented on the appeal, and begged for the recipe. It’s topped my holiday dinner list, this year.
*Chex Mix Puppy Chow-Moms Who Think (http://www.momswhothink.com/easy-recipes/puppy-chow-recipe.html)
This might be the most popular snack for the holidays. It’s also so easy to throw together at the last minute. As a mom of small ones, this has been my go-to for any holiday carry-in dinner. While most desserts are time consuming, this is so easy for last minute conflicts.
So, that’s a wrap for my kid-friendly food ideas. If you have picky ones in your clan, what are your favorite dishes to make for the holidays?