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3 EASY Kid-Friendly Recipes for Thanksgiving

November 10, 2021 by Emily Moore

Stop, drop, and pass the rolls!

I YAM what I YAM.

Not to be CORNY, but we think Thanksgiving is the BERRY best!

Ok, seriously though, a holiday centered around food is what we live for.

[This “Pineapple turkey,” made by my grandmother, has been a fixture on my family’s Thanksgiving table since the 1970’s! You can learn how to make one here.]

When you think of traditional Thanksgiving foods, what comes to mind? For most people, dinner rolls, mashed potatoes and pumpkin pie make the list. But these foods didn’t even exist in Plymouth, Massachusetts 400 years ago! Also, with no ovens for baking, most dishes would have been stewed, boiled, or roasted over an open fire. 

Historical records are vague, so we can only guess what was on the harvest table when the English settlers and Wampanoag Indians sat down together in the fall of 1621. Historians have some pretty good ideas, based on what the Pilgrims brought over from England, what was seasonally available, and what the Wampanoag tended to cultivate, catch, and eat. Here’s how the two compare:

  • goose, duck, swan, pigeon, or wild turkey
  • venison (deer)
  • dried or smoked fish
  • lobster
  • eel
  • oystersclams, & mussels
  • chestnuts
  • beans
  • carrots
  • boiled onion, turnip, parsnip, & spinach
  • cabbage & lettuce
  • cornmeal porridge
  • cranberries
  • stewed pumpkin
  • blueberriesraspberries, & gooseberries
  • plums & grapes


  • roast turkey
  • stuffing
  • mashed potatoes & gravy
  • sweet potatoes/yams
  • green bean casserole
  • glazed carrots
  • dinner rolls
  • cornbread
  • cranberry sauce
  • pumpkin pie
3 EASY Kid-Friendly Recipes for Thanksgiving:

In case you’re wondering what’s most likely to be prepared at a Sticky Fingers Cooking Thanksgiving feast, here are some of our young chefs’ favorite appetizers, sides, and desserts to make:

( Bonus: Check out our video on how to make Fancy Cranberry Juice Sparklers! )


Where will you be this Thanksgiving? What harvest foods would have been local in your region 400 years ago?

The YOLKS on you! Laugh THYME!

Why did the turkey go to jail? He was convicted of fowl play.

Why don't turkeys eat on Thanksgiving? They're stuffed.

Why don't turkeys like hearing jokes? They always get roasted.

What are turkey butchers haunted by? Poultrygeists.

What dessert do mathematicians love? Pumpkin pi.

What role do green beans have in Thanksgiving dinner? The casserole!

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