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I watched MasterChef Junior for the first time this week and was so impressed by the knowledge those kids have of cooking at such a young age. With just a few ingredients, a classic recipe can really become something spectacular. Bring that knowledge into your own home this Thanksgiving, and cook with your kids to build valuable skills. Today, we’re sharing our picks for the top five easy recipes for Thanksgiving.

Ham and Asparagus Roll-Up

Ham and Asparagus Roll-ups. Photo by Bobtailvia

This ham and asparagus roll-up may be the easiest appetizer ever, but it brings a whole bunch of flavor. Talk to your kids about the different flavors they are experiencing and how different foods can compliment each other.

Mac and Cheese in Cupcake Form

Mini Mac and Cheese Pies and a Virtual Baby Shower The Curvy Carrotvia The Curvy Carrot

Put a cute twist on Grandma’s mac and cheese by baking them in cupcake form. You could probably do this with most side dishes, and EVERYTHING will finally fit on your plate.


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It’s National Stuffing Month (surprise!), and what would Thanksgiving really be without it? Try to incorporate something different into your stuffing recipe with one ingredient, like cranberries, which can really be a game changer. Other options could include fennel, artichoke, or another vegetable that your kids will be astonished to hear was in the side dish.


10 Terrific Turkey Recipes for Thanksgiving


The main course is more than likely a turkey, but not only do you want to give it a personal touch, you want it to work well with your sides. Talk to your kids about the whole menu, and decide what Thanksgiving turkey recipe will make sense with your items.

Holiday Pies


HarryPottervia Learning Liftoff

Bring any Thanksgiving dinner to a close with a pie. Big, small, pumpkin, pecan—take your pick! We found 5 holiday pies you’re sure to enjoy this year.

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Brittany Marklin

Brittany Marklin is a contributing writer for Learning Liftoff and a community manager for K12. She coordinates all K12 student contests and connects with families who pursue online education. She attended George Mason University, earning a Bachelor of Science degree in marketing, with a minor in tourism and events management. Brittany spent her first five years at K12 on the social media team where she aided with content and strategy for multiple channels, and helped construct K12’s user-generated content site, “What’s Your Story?” When she’s not working, Brittany loves spending time with her husband and daughter in North Carolina.

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