Including the Kids at Thanksgiving

This is a special series of blogs on Food & Your Children, written by my wife, Donna Samuelson.

Thanksgiving is a time where we reflect on the things we are thankful for. And often times it includes family-and our kids! Teaching your children how to cook your favorite Thanksgiving dishes is not only educational, it is a great time to build your relationship and pass on family traditions. Here are some easy ways you can get the kids involved:

Food Prep: When you are preparing your food for your Thanksgiving feast, try to get the kids involved in the preparation. If you are making stuffing have your child rip up day old pieces of bread into a large bowl to make the stuffing/dressing to go along side your gobbler! Kids love to tear things, and it allows them to feel like they are helping out.

Turkey and stuffing roll-ups: A great way to use up leftovers! Take a thin slice of turkey breast and place a spoonful of stuffing in the center. Roll it up and place in a baking dish. After you have filled the baking dish with your roll-ups ladle gravy over the entire creation and bake until everything is warm and bubbly. This is a great way to have the taste of Thanksgiving all year round as well!

Stone Soup: “Stone Soup” is a traditional Portugueses fairy tale about a poor hungry man who makes a delicious pot of soup for the entire town out of a stone (and a few things as garnish!) This fun story can be reinacted with your children as they cook up a pot of their own stone soup. You can find a recipe here:

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