Thanksgiving Dinner: Classic Side Dishes With A Twist

Yes, the turkey is important. Yes, pumpkin and pecan pie are staples on many Thanksgiving tables. But what really makes the Thanksgiving meal? Side dishes!

Here are three classic side dishes with a Daily Mom twist – slightly healthier, and featuring slightly different flavors, but sure to please whoever is joining you to give thanks this Thanksgiving.

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Handprint Turkeys: A Thanksgiving Family Tradition

With all of the hustle and bustle of cooking, cleaning and preparing for relatives on Thanksgiving day, it might be difficult to include your children in helping with your tasks and preparations simply because of time restraints. But you still want them to feel like they are contributing and celebrating the holiday in their own special way. We found a cute, easy DIY craft that will occupy their time while you are busy in the kitchen. And best of all, it’s something they will want to do every year to commemorate the day and see how much they’ve grown. These Hand Print Turkeys are sure to become one of your most cherished Thanksgiving traditions with your children!

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Pumpkin Almond Spice Loaf

pumpkin almond spice loaf

Nothing says fall like a kitchen that smells of cinnamon and pumpkin. This recipe calls for ground almonds, which add a healthy dose of protein and fiber, and does not contain any added sugar, making it a great option for parents who have chosen to eliminate it from their children’s diets – or their own!

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Super Easy Apple Cake

Celebrate fall and a healthy, bountiful autumn fruit: the apple! This super-easy apple cake is a version of a Russian dessert, sharlotka. It is quick, easy, absolutely delicious and free of oil and butter. Pair it with tea on a crisp fall day. Simple to make but not short on taste, this recipe is a sure hit with adults and kids alike!

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BBQ Grilled Thanksgiving Turkey


If you’re like many people, allotting the correct time to cook the Thanksgiving turkey, along with the vast array of side dishes can be a pain in the gizzard to accordingly plan oven times and temps. Instead of waking up extra early to put your turkey in your conventional oven, we challenge you to think outside the box, and utilize a piece of equipment that usually just sits outside and collects dust after Labor Day – your BBQ grill!

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Cashew Date Energy Bites

Not all snacks will appeal to both moms and babies – hello puffs! – but these energy “bites” are a great snack to share with your little one. At approximately 120 calories and 3 grams of protein per ball, these are a great snack for on-the-go kids or little ones needing a filling snack to tide them over to their next meal. For moms who fall prey to the all-carbs-all-the-time diet that is so easy when you’re home all day, these bites are a quick and easy way to fuel your body during the long stretch between lunch and dinner.

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Rosemary Flax Parmesan Crackers

rosemary flax parmesan crackers

Kids frequently want to share whatever their moms happen to be eating and it is sometimes a challenge to find healthy snacks that work for tiny hands and teeth and also nourish moms. This is especially true when it comes to things like crackers, pretzels, and nuts. This recipe makes a perfect snack for moms and toddlers alike and might even make it onto the table at your next cocktail party!

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DIY Growth Chart Ruler

 Recording your child’s milestones can also turn into a memorable piece of wall decor for everyone to see and reminisce about. This can be achieved in a simple afternoon DIY project, and a small monetary investment compared to buying similarly handmade from a retailer.

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Cinnamon Zucchini Muffins

zucchini muffins

Sometimes the best recipes are a result of ingredients in the fridge which taunt you with “use me!” every time you open the fridge. These easy, sugar-free muffins are one such recipe and are a great one to make with your kids in the kitchen. Plus, the recipe lends itself to whatever “tweaking” you and your little chefs might want to make!

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