You kids will giggle with delight at this Thanksgiving turkey veggie tray, and it’s an easy way to get them excited about eating vegetables! You can also use hummus to make this an easy dairy free and vegan appetizer.
Thanksgiving day can involve a LOT of waiting around for kids. There’s waiting for food to cook, waiting for guests to arrive, waiting for Grandpa to finish his 15 minute blessing over the food (true story!). All that waiting can easily lead to crankiness, which is where kid friendly appetizers come in.
Grab a round platter, stick a small bowl on one side, give the kids some giant bags of veggies, and let them go to town.
You can print off a photo for a guide, and then walk away and take care of dinner prep while your kiddos make the appetizer.
Once guests start to arrive, the kids get to show off their creation, and then dig in for more veggies!
This turkey veggie tray is so simple, it almost seems silly to give you instructions, but here’s a few tips to help make it easy for your kids.
- Use veggies that can lay flat: While you can definitely use vegetables like broccoli, cauliflower, or cherry tomatoes, using veggies that can lay flat will make it much easier for your little ones to assemble the turkey veggie tray.
- Use lots of color: The different colors in the tail make the presentation of the Thanksgiving turkey veggie tray so impressive. Get creative with jicama sticks, carrot sticks, different colors of bell peppers, cucumber sticks or slices, sugar peas, celery. You can use whatever vegetables you think your kids will eat, just make sure to have a variety of colors.
- Carve the turkey head and legs for them: Unless your kids are teens, it’s safest for you to make the turkey’s head and legs for them. You can totally prep them the night before and keep them in the fridge. That way you don’t have to think about it on Thanksgiving day.
If your kids make their own Thanksgiving turkey veggie tray, we’d love to see it! You can leave a link in the comments below, or tag @EatingRichly on Instagram.
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