Kid Friendly Side Dish Recipes

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With Thanksgiving right around the corner, I’ve been trying out a few new kid friendly side dish recipes to bring to the table.

We always do a potluck family dinner for the holidays, and some of my favorite side dishes are the perfect accompaniment for a holiday ham or turkey! That’s right, we do a ham at Thanksgiving!

Now, one of my favorite vegetable side dish is creamed spinach, but it seems that even though the rest of my family likes spinach, no one ever likes creamed spinach!

Of course, that hasn’t stopped me. I just figured out a way to make it more desirable to the rest of the family.

My newest recipe is one that I think everyone will enjoy…

Because who doesn’t love a little cheesy goodness?


Cheesy Creamed Spinach


  • 1 bag fresh baby spinach
  • 2 tablespoons Brummel & Brown spread
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 1 clove garlic
  • 1/4 cup parmesan cheese
  • 1/4 cup mozzarella cheese
  • 1 teaspoon flour
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper


In a sauce pan over medium heat, simmer the milk, garlic and Brummel & Brown spread and slowly whisk in flour. Add spinach and cook until spinach is soft, about 5 minutes. Add the cheeses, and continue to cook for about a minute, until cheeses are melted, then season with pepper.

Note: you can use less cheese, or substitute more parmesan for the mozzarella, and it will taste just as good!

One of my very favorite side dish recipes is for glazed baby carrots, it makes baby carrots nice and sweet so that even the pickiest of children want to eat them! They are super easy to make, and you can even make them a day or two ahead of time and just reheat them the day you are going to serve them.

Brown Sugar Glazed Baby Carrots


  • 1 package (16 oz) baby carrots
  • 1/3 cup light brown sugar
  • 2 tablespoons Brummel & Brown spread
  • 1 cup water
  • a pinch of nutmeg
  • a pinch of pepper


Combine all ingredients in a saucepan and bring to a boil. Cook until carrots are tender, about 8 minutes. Stir frequently to evenly coat the carrots.

And you’re done! It’s that easy, and totally delicious!


Wondering why I used Brummel & Brown Unilever spread instead of butter in my kid friendly side dish recipes?

Well, firstly, it tastes awesome! And secondly, I love that it’s 1/4 the calories of butter and has zero trans fats and cholesterol! With all of our holiday indulgences, do we really need those extra calories? No, we don’t!

We use Brummel & Brown on a regular basis because it’s rich and creamy like butter but is lower calorie and because it’s a spread, it is perfect for using on rolls and bread – especially toast in the mornings!

What dishes will you be preparing this Thanksgiving?


Thank you to Good to Know & Unilever Spreads for being a sponsor. I was selected for this opportunity as a member of Clever Girls Collective. All opinions expressed here are my own.

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  1. says

    My kids LOVE glazed carrots, although we make them with ginger ale. I’ll have to try the brown sugar variety. I’m not sure even I could do spinach. I like raw spinach, never cooked.

    I have to pick up last minute ingredients this week for turkey day- I will add Brummel & Brown spread to my list.

  2. says

    I’ve never tried creamed spinach before. I might just have to now. I’ve also never heard of this spread, so I’m gonna go look on my shipping trip tonight. Thanks.

  3. says

    I know for a fact that my kids wouldn’t eat the spinach (neither would my hubby LOL), but I make something similar to the Brown Sugar Glazed Baby Carrots and those usually go over well.

  4. says

    Both recipes looks wonderful, and something I could eat everyday. I may be able to convince my older son to try the carrots as they are his favorite, but he seems to be on this raw food diet right now. Seriously, he won’t eat anything hot.

  5. says

    Brown sugar glazed carrots were always my favorite Thanksgiving side dish when I was a kid. The spinach sounds delicious too though, I’ll have to give it a try. I pinned this so I can remember to make it.

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