13 Thanksgiving Recipes for Your Picky Eater

Daily Parent

For most adults, we've been counting down the days until Thanksgiving and the moment when we can fill our bellies with candied yams, cranberry sauce and green bean casserole for the past year. Unfortunately, though, our kids would probably rather sit down to some chicken nuggets or mac and cheese than a plate of turkey and all the trimmings.

Still, though, Thanksgiving is all about family and togetherness, so while there is certainly a space at the table for more adult dishes, including some kid-friendly crowd pleasers is the key to ensuring everyone leaves the table full and satisfied. We've rounded up 13 holiday dishes even your pickiest eaters won't be able to turn down.

Food Network

Apple Stuffing Muffins

Take a sweet spin on the original holiday side with these muffins packed with fall flavor. Your picky eaters will eat anything that comes in a fun muffin shape, and you won't hear your guests with more diverse culinary palettes complaining either.

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Pumpkin Pie Pudding

Pudding is a can't-go-wrong addition to any picky eater's plate, and making it out of an already-popular fall dessert recipe is guaranteed to please adults and kids alike.

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Food and Wine

Carrot Mac-n-Cheese

With pureed carrots woven into the mix, this is a healthy spin on a classic side dish that table guests old and young will reach for right off the bat.

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Sweet Potato Casserole

The delicate sweetness of this delicious seasonal recipe, plus the warming fall spices, will fool everyone (especially those hard to please repeat customers) into thinking they're eating something sinful.

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Slow Cooker Turkey Breast

This spice-infused main takes barely any effort to get cooking, and even less effort to convince everyone to eat.

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Cranberry Pear Sauce

Adding a little more sweetness to the classic tart cranberry dish-courtesy of fall's other favorite fruit-helps it pair excellently with both savory and sweet dishes alike.

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Life Made Sweeter

Butternut Squash Cornbread

That picky eater of yours may not be receptive to butternut squash in its original, standalone state, but slip the ingredient into a fresh batch of warm, baked cornbread and all complaints are off.

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Oven-Baked Green Bean Fries

If it comes in the form and function of a french fry, the battle is half won. Try this healthy, baked (and green!) version of a fast-food favorite to win over your picky eaters .

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Zucchini Turkey Meatballs

Variety is the spice of life-and it's also the answer to accommodating a host of appetite preferences. Shake up the plain turkey entree with a perfectly popable appetizer.

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Macaroni and Cheesecake

Cheesy Broccoli & Rice

Another popular side item, this dish doesn't take much elbow grease-and you can't go wrong with anything mixed with a hearty helping of cheese!

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Accordion Potatoes

Presentation makes perfect with this seasoned potato recipe. Just slide into the oven and serve up the warm, buttery goodness everyone's been looking forward to.

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Julie's Eats and Treats

Cheddar Creamed Corn

For a big table full of empty dishes at the end of the day, this creamy, indulgent take on a classic Thanksgiving vegetable is a must-have.

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No-Bake Nutella Cheesecake

We think the title of this mind-blowing dessert speaks adequately enough for itself.

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